ECU Leads

ECU Leads

Why Join ECU Leads?

Some of the top attributes employers seek on a candidate's resume include the ability to work in a team, problem-solving skills, communication skills, leadership, initiative, and interpersonal skills.  (Job Outlook 2017, National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Through ECU Leads, students will develop competencies such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration that will allow them to become more effective leaders on campus and in the workplace.

Through ECU Leads, students will practice critical reflection and self-discovery, connecting theory and practice through co-curricular learning and experiential education within a leadership community.

Students who complete all three stages of ECU Leads will:

  • Receive certificates of completion for each stage
  • Receive an ECU Leads medallion to wear at commencement
  • Graduate with a Leadership Studies minor
  • Receive the ECU Leads notation on their academic transcript

ECU Leads Stages

Stage One: The Community

Stage 1 of ECU Leads focuses on the community values of Common Purpose, Collaboration, and Civility.  

In this stage, students will develop a shared vision composed of values despite differences; become empowered within a collective effort by instilling shared responsibility, authority and accountability; and claim and care for their identity, needs and beliefs while maintaining a commitment to respecting the identity of others.


Stage Two: The Individual

Stage 2 of ECU Leads focuses on the individual values of Character, Commitment, and Congruence.  

In this stage, students will build awareness of one's beliefs, values and personal identities shaping their perceptions and interactions with others; develop an essential drive or desire to serve others with passion, intensity, and a sustained effort; and think, feel and behave with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty with respect to their own values.


Stage Three:  The Society

Stage 3 of ECU Leads focuses on the society values of Citizenship, Civic Engagement, and Conscience.  

In this stage, students will understand their self as an individual yet bounded within a larger global society; synthesize the knowledge and ability gained through their unique experiences within their communities; and develop an informed social conscience through the identification of social and global causes.