The area of Leadership Development coordinates a variety of
leadership programming based on the Social Change Model of
Change Model of Leadership Development
Established in 1994, the Social Change Model approaches
leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process
that results in positive social change. The Model was built upon
the following assumptions:
- “Leadership” is concerned with effecting change on behalf of
others and society
- Leadership is collaborative
- Leadership is a process rather than a position
- Leadership should be value-based
- All students (not just those that hold formal leadership
positions) are potential leaders
- Service is a powerful vehicle for developing students’
The Social Change Model of Leadership based on seven dimensions, or
values, called the “Seven C’s”: Consciousness of self, congruence,
Commitment, Common purpose, Controversy with Civility,
Collaboration, and Citizenship. All seven values work together to
accomplish the transcendent “C” of change. Each dimension interacts
with one another as shown below.
The "Seven C's"
- Consciousness of self
Awareness of the beliefs, values, attitudes, and emotions that
motivate one to take action.
Thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency, genuineness,
authenticiy, and honesty.
Motivational energy to serve and that drives the collective
effort. Commitment implies passion, intensity, and duration.
Working with others in a common effort. It constitutes the
cornerstone value of the group leadership effort because it
empowers self and others through trust.
- Common Purpose
Working with shared aims and values. It facilitates the
group’s ability to engage in collective analysis of the issues at
hand and the task to be undertaken.
- Controversy with Civility
Recognizes two fundamental realities of any creative group effort:
that differences in viewpoint are inevitable, and that such
difference must be aired openly but with civility.
Process whereby the individual and the collaborative group become
responsibly connected to the community and the society through the
“Hub” which gives meaning and purpose to the 7 C’s. Change, in
other words, is the ultimate goal of the creative process of
leadership - to make a better world and a better society for self
The Social Change Model of Leadership has two primary
- To enhance student learning and development; more specifically,
to develop in each student participant greater:
Understanding one's talents, values, and interests, especially as
these relate to the student's capacity to provide effective
- Leadership competence
The capacity to mobilize one-self and others to serve and work
- To facilitate positive social change at the institution or in
the community. That is, undertake actions which will help the
institution/community to function more effectively and
- Astin, Helen S. and Alexander W. Astin. A Social Change Model of
Leadership Development Guidebook Version III. The National
Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, 1996.
- The Social Change Model: http://www.socialchangemodel.org/