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Leadership Studies Minor

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.

Our Mission is to educate our students in the study of leadership through an experiential learning environment that invites engagement with leadership as a process.

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.

Calendar of Events
Advising Information

Advising for summer 2014 and fall 2014
(March 24 – April 11)
More info (PDF)

Colloquium Series
Departmental Awards

Communication Studies Department Awarded Inaugural Chancellor's Doctoral Fellowship!
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If you are on campus and have the time tomorrow, consider going to The Commons to hear Dr. Lang speak!
Kansas African Studies Center
Tomorrow: What's Happening in Ferguson, Missouri Clarence Lang KU Associate Professor of American Studies and African & African-American Studies 12:00-1:00pm Tuesday, August 26 The Commons Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Union Activities Clarence Lang will begin the discussion by talking about the history of St. Louis, including racial tension and political unrest. His introduction will provide a platform from which to start a dialogue among audience members about policy, community, and the impact of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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