Competencies

Meta-Competencies

Spirituality and Faith

Shows basic knowledge of the conceptual foundations that characterize those who lead with integrity and spirituality.

  1. Graduates can articulate a personal worldview and philosophy of leadership.
  2. Graduates can identify and explain a Christian perspective of truth and life.
  3. Graduates demonstrate an ability to recognize complex spiritual, religious, and ethical issues in various leadership contexts.
  4. Graduates detect faith and ethical systems of others and can describe their own.
  5. Graduates express their own sense of vocation.
  6. Graduates give attention to their own personal growth and holistic health.
  7. Graduates embody an approach to personal authority that is based on servanthood and transformation, not control or manipulation.

Emotional and Social Intelligence

Shows basic knowledge of the set of traits that allows people to interact with each other effectively and an awareness of the social and cultural contexts and dynamics that influence human flourishing.

  1. Graduates demonstrate self-awareness through an ability to analyze emotions and their effects, access and embrace personal limitations, and present self-confidence.
  2. Graduates demonstrate self-regulation through management of emotions and impulses, maintaining standards of honesty and integrity, and handling multiple demands, shifting priorities, and rapid change.
  3. Graduates demonstrate self-motivation through results-oriented goal setting and a focus on performance improvement.
  4. Graduates pose questions and reflect on fundamental issues in ways that help them and others interpret the world and understand complex human interactions.
  5. Graduates demonstrate the ability to be credible, show trust in and respect for other people, and inspire trust.
  6. Graduates demonstrate an ability to analyze and respond to complex social and cultural systems.

Academic Inquiry

Demonstrates the ability to conduct graduate-level academic research and writing.

  1. Graduates are proficient academic and organizational evaluators and analysts.
  2. Graduates read, comprehend, and evaluate relevant research in the social sciences.
  3. Graduates present evaluation and analyses clearly.
  4. Graduates are familiar with the APA writing style.
  5. Graduates are conversant with basic quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  6. Graduates communicate competently both formally and informally, including orally, written, technologically, and interpersonally.


Core Competencies

Strategic Mobilizer

Demonstrates the ability to strategically organize oneself, others, and the essential resources toward the achievement of a clearly articulated plan.

  1. Graduates develop, communicate, and align others around a vision and strategy for the future.
  2. Graduates design functional strategies for carrying out vision and mission.
  3. Graduates allow others to take the lead in achieving strategic vision by delegating project responsibilities in accordance with individual strengths, passions, and experience.
  4. Graduates can be trusted with resources—both human and financial—stewarding them with care and effectiveness.
  5. Graduates use technology appropriately for communicating formally and informally with others.
  6. Graduates speak honestly and persuasively with individuals, small groups, and large groups.
  7. Graduates create a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation.
  8. Graduates employ systems thinking to analyze complex systems and mobilize resources that address current and future challenges with strategic solutions.

Inspiring Developer

Demonstrates skill for effectively developing people and ideas in ways that are authentic and appropriate.

  1. Graduates demonstrate a commitment to be mentored and to serve as mentors who are committed to developing others.
  2. Graduates design meaningful learning experiences and environments, creating empowering conversations and offering meaningful input to foster mutual learning and action-oriented outcomes.
  3. Graduates network people, groups, and ideas in meaningful alliances.
  4. Graduates work capably with theories and practice of adult education.
  5. Graduates develop people and leaders at every level and provide performance feedback, coaching, and career development to teams and individuals to maximize growth and success.
  6. Graduates reconceptualize mistakes as learning events and effectively handle disagreements and conflicts by focusing on solving problems through respectful discourse, consensus building, appreciation of diverse perspectives, and interventional strategies.

Change Catalyst

Demonstrates the capacity to help individuals and groups assess personal and organizational dynamics, solve problems, and pursue positive change.

  1. Graduates are growing and changing people who remain passionate about ongoing personal transformation and lifelong learning.
  2. Graduates recognize when there is a need for change and effectively manage both stable and changing areas.
  3. Graduates communicate effectively, with frequency and candor, during times of change.
  4. Graduates demonstrate patience and adaptability when dealing with ambiguous situations.
  5. Graduates develop resources and strategies so that others might more effectively embrace change.
  6. Graduates seek and identify trends, challenges, and cultural dynamics in order to develop opportunities to initiate intelligent risks and actions that will foster innovative approaches.

Principled Decision Maker

Demonstrates proficiency in identifying and applying ethical principles to decision making through a balanced approach involving both systemic and intuitive analysis.

  1. Graduates can align personal values with organizational values, embodying high standards and ethical acumen.
  2. Graduates engage others in the identification and solving of problems, effectively using collaboration as a style of managing contention.
  3. Graduates model and maintain values of candor, openness, and inclusiveness despite internal and external pressures.
  4. Graduates demonstrate the ability to act in decisive, urgent, and committed ways to achieve results.
  5. Graduates create shared responsibility among team members by involving them in critical deliberations and decisions as appropriate.
  6. Graduates take ownership for their areas of responsibility, effectively organize and prioritize tasks, and use resources ethically.
  7. Graduates use formal tools to hold others accountable when situations warrant.

Responsible Influencer

Demonstrates proficiency in empowering others through virtue-centered engagement with people and systems.

  1. Master's in Leadership graduates analyze the social, political, religious, economic, and cultural factors that affect individuals and organizations.
  2. Graduates advance equity by fostering environments that are inclusive, yet differentiated, to meet the needs of diverse constituents.
  3. Graduates are able to identify and analyze power dynamics and structural influences within organizational systems.
  4. Graduates collaborate with and empower other stakeholders to advocate justice, pursue prudence, and lead with accountability.
  5. Graduates engage in relevant professional networks and establish and maintain rapport with key constituents.
  6. Graduates take action to preserve and promote human rights, human dignity, and human flourishing.
Note: This information is current for the 2014-15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.