Leadership and ethics across disciplines (lead) Minor Linfield University

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Discover your inner leader

The LEAD minor draws from different disciplines – arts and humanities, social sciences, business – to help students develop the skills and mindset required to adapt to, and shape, the world of tomorrow.

Although not everybody will readily identify as a leader, most will be confronted with ethical challenges, need to communicate and work well with people from a variety of different backgrounds, and require the creative application of cross-disciplinary knowledge to solve 21st century problems.

What is leadership?

Leadership is a values-driven, collaborative process defined by human interaction across a variety of contexts, from the personal to the professional and from the local to the global.

Linfield students are artists, athletes, world travelers, humanists, educators, scientists, and problem-solvers. They come from a variety of different lived experiences and study across a range of disciplines. They are interested in collaboration, creativity, community, and learning from difference. While at Linfield, many of them pursue leadership opportunities as resident advisors, club directors, members of community service teams or student government. But assuming these positions alone don’t make one a leader.

What does the LEAD minor involve?

There is no single blueprint for an effective leader. The LEAD minor is designed to help students customize their own leadership education, being mindful of their own strengths and style.

The LEAD minor equips students to:

  • Identify core facets of leadership from different disciplinary and theoretical perspectives.
  • Evaluate what it means to lead with integrity, compassion, and ethics in different contexts.
  • Reflect on their own attributes as leaders, including examination of core values and identity as applied to the evolving practice of leadership.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with others from different backgrounds in both individual and group settings.
  • Conduct inquiry from multiple human perspectives (historical, cross-cultural, philosophical, creative, gender, scientific, and more), with application to the practice of leadership.
  • Apply core liberal arts skills and mindset to diagnose complex problems.

How do I plan my LEAD journey?

All LEAD minors complete a course sequence that offers an interdisciplinary introduction to leadership, specialized coursework, two practicums, and a capstone where they construct a portfolio that will help prepare them for life after Linfield.

While there is no exact formula for pursuing a LEAD minor, a basic plan for a four-year student might be as follows:

YEAR 1: Launch

Launch your inquiry into leadership by taking LEAD 250 (cross-listed with POLS 250). Get involved in the LEAD summit that tackles complex problems and offers additional opportunities for training and cross-disciplinary exchange.

Year 2: Explore

Explore leadership opportunities at Linfield and core elements of the curriculum by taking courses in ethics, communication, and cultural awareness.

Year 3: Apply

Apply what you are learning by studying abroad, performing community service, doing clinicals, or completing an internship. Seek mentors through your major departments or other fields of interest that will help you set goals for life after Linfield.

Year 4: Develop

Develop a portfolio as part of the capstone requirement that will help translate your Linfield experiences into promising paths toward success and fulfillment after graduation.

Taken together, the LEAD requirements aim to prepare our graduates not just to get good jobs, but to make a difference in them. Not just to live full lives, but to find greater meaning in them. Not just to learn and question what makes an enlightened citizen, but to practice this citizenship in their own contexts.

Questions? Please contact Professor Patrick Cottrell, Dept. of Political Science (pat@linfield.edu) or Professor Virlena Crosley, Dept. of Business (vcrosle@linfield.edu).

Come and make your mark!