University of Missouri

Leadership Development

Office of Student Engagement


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Leadership Development Programs

We serve as the principal resource on campus for student leadership development. We partner with others to train, educate, and develop citizens for purposeful leadership and active citizenship.

Our Mission

Through the lens of the social change model, we strive to prepare students and organizations to become, responsible and active citizens in a global context.

Our Values

Active Citizenship

Students are encouraged to make a difference and create positive change in their community through leadership and direct service initiatives. We provide opportunities for students to recognize the impact they can generate and we strive to inspire them to make the world a better place.


We make every effort to build a sense of community that enhances the Mizzou student experience by maintaining a strong working relationship with students and stakeholders.

Diversity and Inclusion

We serve as a place where students are valued for who they are, for the experiences they bring with them, and for what they offer, by providing a welcoming environment to all. Access to opportunities is available for all Mizzou students.


Our students gain valuable skills that are vital for their personal growth and self-discovery through developmental practices. Students are encouraged to actively participate in meaningful learning experiences within distinctive learning environments. Thereby, students will understand key concepts and incorporate them into their daily lives.


We provide students with resources and opportunities to discover new ideas and explore their passions; we challenge students to develop academic and personal goals while giving them the support to succeed.


We strive to provide an environment that focuses on student development. As such, we intentionally provide hands-on experiences and promote reflection to foster student learning and growth. Each initiative aims to encourage a better understanding of self and others.

Our Philosophy

The 7 Cs of Social Change


To work with others in a common effort. It constitutes the cornerstone value of the group leadership effort because it empowers self and others through trust. Collaboration multiplies group effectiveness by capitalizing on the multiple talents and perspectives of each group member and on the power of that diversity to generate creative solutions and actions. Collaboration empowers each individual best when there is a clear-cut “division of labor.”

Controversy with Civility

To recognize two fundamental realities of any creative group effort: that differences in viewpoint are inevitable, and that such difference must be aired openly but with civility. Civility implies respect for others, a willingness to hear each other’s views, and the exercise of restraint in criticizing the views and actions of others. This is best achieved in a collaborative framework and when a common purpose has been identified. Controversy (conflict, confrontation) can often lead to new, creative solutions to problems, especially when it occurs in an atmosphere of civility, collaboration, and common purpose.

Common Purpose

To work with shared aims and values. It facilitates the group’s ability to engage in collective analysis of the issues at hand and the task to be undertaken. Common purpose is best achieved when all of the members in the group share in the vision and participate actively in articulating the purpose and goals of the leadership development activity. Recognizing the common purpose and mission of the group helps to generate the high level of trust that any successful collaboration requires.

Consciousness of Self

Being aware of the beliefs, values, attitudes, and emotions that motivate one to take action.


The psychic energy that motivates the individual to serve and that drives the collective effort. Commitment implies passion, intensity, and duration. It is directed towards both the group activity as well as it´s intended outcomes. Without commitment, knowledge of self is of little value. And without adequate knowledge of self, commitment is easily misdirected. Congruence, in turn, is most readily achieved when the person acts with commitment and knowledge of self.


Thinking, feeling, and behaving with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty towards others. Congruent persons are those whose actions are consistent with their most deeply-held beliefs and convictions. Clearly, personal congruence and consciousness of self are interdependent.


The process whereby the individual and the collaborative group become responsibly connected to the community and the society through the leadership development activity. To be a good citizen is to work for positive change on behalf of others and the community. Citizenship thus acknowledges the interdependence of all who are involved in or affected by these efforts. It recognizes that the common purpose of the group must incorporate a sense of concern for the rights and welfare of all those who might be affected by the group’s efforts. Good citizenship thus recognizes that effective democracy involves individual responsibility as well as individual rights.

Leadership Development is a set of programs within the Office of Student Engagement.