Leadership Studies Minor Overview
The KU Leadership Studies Minor (LSM) believes that leadership is a process, not an outcome.
Therefore, we ban the following words from use in the LSM: Lead, Leader, Leading, and Follower.
You can view the Leadership Studies Minor Brochure (Created by LSM Students themselves) Here
The Leadership Studies Minor operates from the belief that leadership does not reside in titles or elections – titles and elections merely give individuals opportunities and choices to either exercise a healthy/effective process that results in meeting shared group goals and needs or to exercise an ultimately destructive process that either does not produce a useful outcome and/or destroys the morale of the group. Just because one has a title and/or authority one is not necessarily effectively engaging the process of leadership, and those who most effectively engage the process of leadership don’t always have titles.
The Leadership Minor further operates from the perspective that authority provides protection, direction, and order; this is quite different from engaging the process of leadership. Effectively engaging in the process of leadership involves the use of human communication in order to meet shared goals and needs on issues about which we care most.
Mission connectors – we create a learning environment for our students to:
- Develop a tolerance for ambiguity and rediscover creative problem-solving.
- Explore the personal and systemic importance of ethics, diversity, and community development.
- Cultivate skills in critical thinking and competencies in managing self, energizing others, diagnosing the situation, and skillfully intervening.
- Learn to effectively diagnose and address adaptive challenges in order to mobilize others and thrive.
- Embrace leadership as a process.