ONLY 11% of business leaders strongly agree that graduates have the necessary skills and competencies to succeed in the workplace.
OVER 55% of senior executives in the United States believe competencies (i.e. problem solving, group development, and systems thinking) are where graduates are most lacking. (Gallup and the Lumina Foundation 2014 Study)
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.
The ability to effect positive change within ECU’s nine Cs
(adapted from the Social Change Model of Leadership Development)
Stage One: The Community
Common Purpose – Students will develop a shared vision composed of common values despite differences.
Competencies: Group Development & Positive Change
Collaboration – Students will become empowered within a collective effort by instilling shared responsibility, authority, and accountability.
Competencies: Organizational Behavior & Problem Solving
Civility – Students will claim and care for their identity, needs and beliefs while maintaining a commitment to respecting the identity of others.
Competencies: Inclusion & Appropriate Interactions
Stage Two: The Individual
Character – Students will build awareness of one’s beliefs, values, and personal identities shaping their perceptions and interactions with others.
Competencies: Personal Values & Reflection
Commitment – Students will develop an essential drive or desire to serve others with passion, intensity, and a sustained effort.
Competencies: Resiliency & Follow Through
Congruence – Students will think, feel, and behave with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty with respect to their own values.
Competencies: Advocating a Point of View & Confidence
Stage Three: The Society
Citizenship – Students will understand their self as an individual yet bounded within a larger global society.
Competencies: Social Responsibility & Systems Thinking
Civic Engagement – Students will synthesize the knowledge and ability gained through their unique experiences within their communities.
Competencies: Research (community-based) & Power Dynamics
Conscience – Students will develop an informed social conscience through the identification of social and global causes.Competencies: Diversity & Social Justice