Graduate Program

Teach. Learn. Lead.


Graduate students develop leadership skills in various roles during teaching, academic courses and community living. These skills result through seminars focused on the Leadership Principles, explicit assignments (e.g. Personal Leadership Profile) and implicit community living situations. Outdoor leadership is also emphasized throughout the program with opportunities to participate and lead front country and backcountry events.

Leadership Principles

Leadership is the art of skillfully inspiring a group towards a shared vision. There are seven leadership principles emphasized in the Graduate Program.


• Listen actively, paraphrase for clarity, ask questions

• Use “I” language – speak for yourself

• State what you think, feel and want with tact

• Be transparent when appropriate

• Address conflict directly and compassionately

• Use inclusive language that honors differences

• In feedback: Be timely, be growth oriented, be specific

 Awareness of Self, Others and Place

• Self-reflect

• Practice self-control – of language and actions

• Understand your strengths, limitations and needs

• Develop awareness of internal thoughts and feelings

• Strive to understand how you affect others, the environment, and your community

• Demonstrate and ask for respect

• Realize the power of role modeling


• Be courageous – consciously challenge yourself

• Be honest – with yourself and others

• Own your mistakes and celebrate success

• Be present

• Practice self-acceptance

• Be kind

• Discover your own values and live accordingly

Judgment and Decision-Making

• Reflect on experiences to predict potential outcomes

• Use appropriate decision-making models

• Think critically, question assumptions, challenge norms

• Offer feedback, welcome feedback

• Learn from mistakes

Systems Thinking

• Develop the ability to think in terms of relationships, connectedness and context

• Consider long and short-term consequences of actions

• Recognize the possibility of unintended consequences of any action

• Strive to recognize complex and interdependent relationships

• Develop the ability to look at an issue from many angles and perspectives

• Consider underlying mental models that contribute to patterns of behavior

Vision and Action

• Articulate goals, inspire shared vision and achieve group success

• Motivate others

• Create and facilitate learning experiences

• Help to create what you want to see

• Role model the way

• Be bold - be an agent of social change

Adaptability and Resiliency

• Practice personal sustainability

• Learn to endure and even enjoy hard work and challenge

• Control what you can, recognize what you can’t

• Turn challenges into opportunities to grow and learn

• Search for creative solutions to problems

• Work hard, play hard – laugh

• Stay focused in difficult circumstances and be aware of internal emotions

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