Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. Assess and manage personal emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Sample Behaviors

  • Inspire, persuade, and motivate self and others under a shared vision.
  • Seek out and leverage diverse resources and feedback from others to inform direction.
  • Use innovative thinking to go beyond traditional methods.
  • Serve as a role model to others by approaching tasks with confidence and a positive attitude.
  • Motivate and inspire others by encouraging them and by building mutual trust.
  • Plan, initiate, manage, complete, and evaluate projects.
  • Recognize strengths in others.
  • Take initiative.

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Developing Leadership

  • Read books
  • Watch Ted Talks
  • Study Leadership styles and theories
  • Participate in workshops
  • Join a Leadership development program
  • Become a mentor and seek out a mentor
  • Take on a leadership role in a student organization
  • Become a project manager
  • Learn and implement your strengths
  • Learn and recognize strengths in other
  • Develop your leadership style

What does growth look like?

  • Recognize and value that leadership is about cultivating a shared purpose, commitment, and trust among others
  • Acknowledge the unique strengths of others
  • Recognize the role that using emotional intelligence (managing one’s emotions, using interpersonal skills, and being an empathetic listener) plays in leadership
  • Compare and contrast strategies to assist individuals and teams in developing goals, commitment, trust, and effectiveness
  • Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals
  • Summarizes how to manage one’s own emotions and be an empathetic listener
3Participation/ Proficiency
  • Assist individuals and teams in developing goals, commitment, trust, and effectiveness and in delegating responsibilities
  • Differentiate how others assess and capitalize on the unique strengths of individuals from all backgrounds
  • Use empathetic listening skills and manage one’s emotions
  • Create, prioritize, and delegate work for the team to achieve goals and maximize effectiveness
  • Reflect on the optimization of the strengths of individuals
  • Manage the impact of his/her emotions on achieving goals
  • Generate outcomes (for developed goals) and consistently re-evaluate team dynamic and effectiveness
  • Capitalizes on the opportunity to connect individuals across disciplines to leverage strengths
  • Utilize empathetic skills to guide and motivate others to manage their emotions