Part of Colorado Christian University’s mission is to prepare graduates to think critically and creatively and to lead others by setting high ethical and professional standards. Preparing tomorrow’s leaders is a huge responsibility that faculty, staff and students share and must work together in order to achieve. Educating leaders to manage and inspire others while impacting the world is no simple task. Preparing leaders takes a great deal of commitment, creativity, enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for teaching (and learning). Regardless of what degree program a student is enrolled in, and regardless what subject our instructors teach, educating leaders and preparing them for the many privileges and challenges that come with a leadership position is a cornerstone of the CCU curriculum.
What is a Leader?
Recently, CAGS posted a blog about what defines a spiritual leader; this blog explored the various characteristics that spiritual leaders have and how one can illustrate spiritual leadership in the workplace. Today, let’s take a look at leadership in general and how CCU incorporates educating and preparing leaders for the numerous challenges they will face as they venture up the “corporate ladder” to a position of leadership. While people may define “leadership” differently, there are several qualities that most good leaders share. First and foremost, a leader should have a clear vision of where to go (goals) and how to get there (achievement). According to Jack Welch, the former chairman and CEO of General Electric, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision and relentlessly drive it to completion.”
A good leader must be able to communicate his/her vision in a way his/her subordinates and colleagues can understand. No leader should want blind followers. Effective leaders are disciplined and are able to work independently and collaboratively–whatever will produce the best result. A good leader is always acting, always doing something to achieve his mission and should always inspire others to do the same. Let’s look at some more leadership qualities (see how many of these you possess):
CCU hopes that by the time our students graduate, they will possess many of the qualities that make a good leader and gain a self-awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses or limitations. We hope our students understand the importance of “lifelong learning” and keeping the dialogue between faith and reason ongoing. CCU hopes that our students have been imbued with a strength of character and with a spiritual evolution that will lead them to make the right decisions in their personal and professional lives. According to Dr. Robert Ivany, President of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, a leader has “to do the right thing, making the decision to choose the harder right and not the easier wrong.”
If you want an education that integrates faith and academics, and if you want to an education that has as its cornerstone leadership preparation, you should learn more about Colorado Christian University’s College of Adult & Graduate Studies admissions requirements. Read about CCU CAGS online or contact the University by phone.