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Leadership Development Minor

The Perfect Complement to Any Major

Like leadership itself, the Leadership Development Minor is interdisciplinary in nature; it has the flexibility to align with the needs and interests of individual students with different major fields of study. The Leadership Development Minor provides students with opportunities to stretch their leadership capacities through a series of courses that will force them to discern about and recognize their individual approaches to leadership, teach them about the affects that leaders can have on followers and justice issues, and develop their abilities to recognize opportunities to create change. The Leadership Development Minor helps our university live its mission of inspiring individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and in the world.

Inspired Leadership

“Inspired leadership is what many today would call the development of a high performance team. It means to be part of a team committed to a common goal, a tight knit group that collaborates and innovates, just as Saint Ignatius did with the Society of Jesus so many years ago.”

– Michael Johnson, Ph.D., President of John Carroll University in his 2018 inaugural address

Courses

For students who either have taken or are currently enrolled in LP 301/302, click here to find the list of required courses.

For students who have not taken LP 301/302, click here to find the list of required courses.

Completing the Minor

For students who started taking Leadership Development minor courses prior to Fall of 2018, click here to see some examples of how students may complete the Leadership Development Minor during their time at JCU. Please note the prerequisites listed at the bottom.

For students who started taking Leadership Development minor courses in Fall of 2018 or later, see examples here.

Declaring the Minor

Click here to declare Leadership Development as your minor.

About the Minor

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It’s an age-old question: are you born a leader?

Or is leadership developed, or, at different times and through different circumstances, thrust upon you? Are leadership skills more critical for some than others, depending on personal interests, civic involvement, potential career paths…In short, is this program right for you? Yes!

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This minor is designed to complement any major you may be pursuing. First, it’s an interdisciplinary minor, allowing you the chance to gain perspective and pursue interests from multiple disciplines across the university. Next, it combines theory and practice, so that you are grounded in critical thought, skilled in strategic thinking, and then given the chance to translate theory into practice. Finally, you individualize your experience by designing a Capstone Legacy Project that impacts the campus or community in a positive way.

Instructors with professional experience will guide you as you learn what it means to develop true leadership capacity in you and in others and, in so doing, to help fulfill the JCU mission of inspiring individuals to excel in learning, leadership, and service in the region and the world.

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Mission Statement

The Leadership Development Minor seeks to inspire and equip students with knowledge, skills, and confidence to be agents for change in their daily lives, in their communities, and in their chosen vocations.

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Leadership Development Minor Learning Goals

After completing the Leadership Development Minor, students will:

  • Possess a conceptual understanding of leadership theory and practices;
  • Understand how leadership is exhibited in various contexts;
  • Be aware of the personal attributes that impact their strategies for and abilities to influence others; and
  • Have executed and reflected upon a significant capstone experience.