Hello everyone. I am Pete Rooks, and I have been involved in the development of leaders for more than 25 years. Leader development is something I am very passionate about and enjoy. For just over 7 years now, I have participated in a campus wide conversation exploring what it means to be a leader, and how we develop leaders at the University of Portland. One of the many things we have learned along our journey is that over 72% of students at UP reported that developing skills as a leader is very important while attending college. However, the same students, when compared to their peers at other institutions, also indicated that they are not as confident in their ability to lead. We thought this was a good starting point to develop a University leadership ecosystem with the intentional process of instruction, practice, and reflection where experimentation and failure are part of the iterative experience. Our goal is to increase students’ confidence to lead.
Here are program highlights that I am excited to share with you. First, the University’s Leadership Certification Program which is designed for every student and focuses on preparing the next generation of leaders with the knowledge, tools, and mindset that model, motivate, and engage others to make right and just choices for the common good. Next, the University’s Faith-Based Leadership Program which is designed for students who want to experience the challenges facing leaders in the Church and other faith-based organizations. Finally, here is the essential leader development framework which the Franz Center will use as a guide, and how we will measure success.
Our Purpose: The University of Portland develops ethical leaders.
Our Definition: Leadership is the intentional process of inviting others to join together in addressing vital needs and goals within our relationships and communities.
Our Vision: Develop leaders that embody core values that model, motivate, and engage others to make right and just choices for the common good.
Our Critical Success Criteria:
-Recruiters view our graduates as effective leaders.
-Measurable impact on student outcomes and leadership competencies.
-Our graduates achieve vocational success demonstrated by delivering results with character.
Our Language: The foundation for leader development, and what we want every University of Portland graduate to possess:
A Resilient leader persists in the midst of adversity and positively copes with stress. It is essential for leaders to display drive and purpose, and manage change well.
A Courageous leader stands up for what they believe. It is essential for leaders to be authentic, demonstrate integrity, take risk, and innovate.
A Reflective leader unlocks their potential through careful thought and consideration and lifelong learning. It is essential for leaders to make a habit of assessing, increase the capacity to learn, and integrate lessons learned.
A Prudent leader discerns, decides, and acts ethically. It is essential for leaders to see what needs to be done, take initiative, set vision and strategy, solve problems, make ethical decisions, and communicate effectively.
An Empathic leader is responsive to the emotional experience of self and others. It is essential for leaders to demonstrate self-regulation, demonstrate self-awareness, and respect others.
A Motivational leader inspires others to improve and strive towards a desired goal, outcome or behavior. It is essential for leaders to be collaborators and team-builders.
A Purposefully Engaged leader is responsibly connected to the community and society though relationships and active involvement. It is essential for leaders to build and maintain relationships, utilize personal gifts in the community, demonstrate inclusivity, and demonstrate intercultural effectiveness.