Leadership Philosophy

Leadership is a central theme of Gettysburg College Mission Statement:

“Gettysburg College is a residential, undergraduate college of the liberal arts and sciences that prepares students from across the nation and around the globe to pursue lives of personal and professional fulfillment and to engage the complex questions of our time through effective leadership and socially responsible citizenship.”

In regards to leadership, we believe the following about leadership:

  • Leadership potential lies within everyone
  • Leadership is ethical and values-based
  • Leadership is collaborative and group-oriented
  • Leadership is developmental and lifelong
  • Leadership is about serving with others
  • Leadership is about taking action and making a difference

The student leadership learning outcomes at Gettysburg are:

Integrity: Owning and upholding a commitment to personal, group, and institutional values in thought and act. Congruence: doing what you say you’re going to do.

Self-Awareness: An ability to authentically and realistically assess who you are.

  • Articulate values & beliefs
  • Identify strengths & opportunities for growth and development
  • Recognize the intersections of personal identity
  • Practice self-reflection

Collaboration: An ability to work with others towards a common purpose.

  • Facilitate a common purpose
  • Appreciate & engage difference
  • Model giving feedback
  • Share power and authority

Impact: An ability to have an effect on others independent of formal power.

  • Demonstrate effective communication
  • Set the example for others
  • Motivate others
  • Mentor and coach others

Transformational Action: An ability to see the big picture, develop a strategy, and facilitate change.

  • Create a vision, goals, and a plan
  • Develop skills and competencies to execute the plan
  • Foster growth by realizing the potential of others
  • Execute change with agility