Traditional models of leadership see leadership as positional with some people being leaders and others followers. The Social Change Model of Leadership however, views leadership development as a collaborative process where all students are potential leaders who can create positive social change.
Within this model, leadership development is looked at from three perspectives: Individual, Group and Society. The foundation of the Social Change Model is relationships and interactions among individuals, groups and the society.
To become effective leaders, the Social Change Model believes we must focus on 3 areas:
- Leading Self: developing our own leadership qualities
- Leading Others: learning to collaborate effectively with others
- Leading Society: working with others to bring about positive social change.
All of our Leadership programs are designed with these three key areas in mind.
- Astin, Helen S. and Alexander W. Astin. A Social Change Model of Leadership Development Guidebook Version III. The National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, 1996.
- Komives, Susan.R., Wagner, Wendy and Associates. Leadership for a Better World. Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. National Clearinghouse of Leadership Programs, 2009.