Leadership and Change Skills
Leadership and Change Competencies
We have designed a way to credential the intellectual, practical, and social skills that employers demand. We call these lifelong learning skills The Big 10. These skills aren’t an add-on or byproduct of the curriculum—they are the curriculum. Learn more about leadership and change competencies.
Our graduates are skilled at:
- Understands own cultural identity.
- Demonstrates openness to others.
- Considers multiple worldviews.
- Challenges cultural misperceptions.
- Accesses, analyzes, and connects information, considering its relationship to context and evidence.
- Identifies and considers the influence of bias and others’ assumptions.
- Develops an informed and effective position based on relevant criteria.
- Reconstructs one’s beliefs on the basis of wider experience.
- Identifies and defines the problem.
- Asks the right questions.
- Identifies strategies for solving the problem.
- Proposes, evaluates and selects from among alternative solutions.
- Implements solution.
- Evaluates outcomes.
Communication (Written, Oral, Visual)
- Uses knowledge of audience and context to shape communication.
- Articulates and defends a compelling controlling idea clearly and effectively.
- Uses sources and evidence effectively.
- Demonstrates control over organization, voice, word choice, and conventions of English.
- Demonstrates personal responsibility—acknowledges and corrects mistakes.
- Practices integrity – walks their talk.
- Effectively prioritizes and manages life and learning goals.
- Is accountable for deadlines, results, and end products.
- Seeks feedback and is open to constructive criticism.
- Demonstrates preparedness.
- Is punctual and honors meeting commitments.
- Engages effectively with the members of his/her Personal Learning Network.
- Ensures contributions of self and others.
- Objectively listens to dissent and alternate points of view, engaging in dialogue rather than debate.
- Negotiates and manages conflict.
- Offers and receives constructive criticism.
- Demonstrates imagination and innovative thinking, suggesting new solutions to old problems.
- Takes risks.
- Demonstrates fluency and flexibility in brainstorming.
- Embraces contradictions.
- Connects learning experiences and growth, acknowledging and articulating changed perspectives.
- Engages in honest self-appraisal, analyzing performance with the goal of improving.
- Displays curiosity.
- Manages impulsivity.
- Persists in finding necessary resources to accomplish goals.
- Demonstrates flexibility and adapts readily to change.
- Develops and accesses a system of supports.
- Breaks an initially complex task into manageable steps.
- Uses humor to maintain perspective.
- Enjoys learning.
Advocacy for Self and Others
- Makes own decisions about short and long term plans.
- Practices assertive communication.
- Actively engages in multiple communities.
- Works for positive change.