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Leadership Excellence Philosophy Statement

The Vanderbilt University Office of Student Leadership Development believes in developing visionary, goal driven and action oriented student leaders.  Exhibiting an awareness of self and others, a student leader at Vanderbilt is:

Accountable

  • responsible for personal behavior by admitting mistakes, apologizing, rectifying a situation, and accepting the consequences of one’s actions
  • understands, values, and acts on the responsibility peers have to hold each other accountable for their actions
  • acts in ways that benefit, not detract from, the welfare of society and its members
Collaborative

  • understands, values, and acts on the importance of working with others toward a common objective through the sharing of ideas and distribution of responsibilities across members
Communicative

  • understands strategies to effectively communicate with others, one on one, in groups, and/or in front of a large audience verbally, nonverbally, through listening, writing, facilitation, conflict negotiation, and advocating for a point of view
Ethical

  • understands that ethics are standards of conduct based on socially accepted values and that acting in an ethical manner can promote productive functioning and well-being of groups and society
  • believes that acting in an ethical manner can promote productive functioning and well-being of groups and society
  • motivated to uphold standards of conduct based on socially accepted values
Service-Oriented

  • understands and believes that serving one’s community is essential in creating and maintaining a thriving community
  • motivated to serve and does serve one’s community
  • can distinguish between service and philanthropy
  • understands that service can take place in a variety of formats including volunteering in a community garden, cleaning up a local park, building a playground, being a part of an Alternative Break experience, and customer service to ensure to positive experience for campus stakeholders, etc.
  • practices servant leadership by sharing influence, putting the needs of others first and helps empowers others to lead by providing them opportunities to develop and perform at their optimal level
Supportive of All

  • values having exposure to people from different backgrounds, beliefs, and or experiences
  • believes and acts on the importance of cultivating a welcoming environment that includes others in roles, processes, and experiences in an effort to encourage a sense of belonging and/or develop a shared commitment
  • possesses as awareness that there is an inequitable distribution of social power within society, resulting in advantages for some and disadvantages for others

Visit our ACCESS at Work page to view how our community promotes these leadership tenets through their events.