What is Leadership? - Southwestern Illinois College

SWIC’s Lifetime Leader Program is anchored in Social Change Model of leadership development.

What is the Social Change Model of leadership development?

The social change model approach to leadership development examines leadership development from three perspectives: Individual Development, Group Development and Community Values.

Individual Development

Consciousness of self
  • Awareness of the beliefs, values, attitudes, and emotions that motivate one to take action.
  • Congruence- thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty
  • Commitment- motivational energy to serve and that drives the collective effort. Commitment implies passion, intensity, and duration.
Leadership Foundations
  • Understanding leadership principles and theories
  • Finding your own leadership style
  • Understand cultural and gender influences on leadership
  • Develop personal management skills (time management, effective communication, problem solving, etc.)
Values & Ethics
  • Understand relationship of values and ethics to leadership
  • Make decisions based on values and ethics
  • Identify and apply ethical principles
  • Demonstrate commitment to justice

Group Development

  • Understand group dynamics and development
  • Work with others toward a common goal
  • Share leadership and empower others
  • Develop trust and collaboration
  • Motivate and empower others through words and expression
  • Learn to listen effectively
  • Identify common purpose and shared goals
Problem Solving and Conflict Management
  • Understand the dynamics of group decision making
  • Manage and resolve conflict with civility
  • Learn to think critically and demonstrate openness to change
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect for diverse perspectives

Community Values

Inclusion and engagement with diverse communities
  • Effective interaction with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect for others
  • Involve diverse groups in community activities and decisions
Community Citizenship
  • Using your talents to benefit others
  • Service to others
  • Civic engagement