Leadership development in the Center for Civic Engagement finds its foundation in The Social Change Model of Leadership Development. While education, workshops, consultations, course work may also use various theories and models, the Social Change Model’s premise and values are evident in all that we do.
The Social Change Model of Leadership Development is regarded by leadership educators as the leadership model for the 21st Century. Its purpose is to mold the concept of leadership as an inclusive process by which change is effected for the betterment of others. It is a value-based model of leadership development that revolves around the core of service as a vehicle for social change.
Developed in 1993 by the Higher Education Research Institute of UCLA, The Social Change Model of Leadership Development emphasizes the need to understand self and others in an effort to create community change. It is less about the leader and more about the leadership community. The model is inclusive and designed to enhance the development of leadership qualities in all participants, not just those individuals who hold formal leadership positions. Leadership is viewed as a process rather than a position and the values of equity social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service are explicitly promoted.