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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Our Mission

The mission of the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies is, "Developing knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world."

The Staley School provides a specialized educational environment that enhances the life experiences and strong undergraduate education that play a critical role in leadership development. The three interrelated avenues experienced within the Staley School of Leadership Studies are:

  1. The administration of an interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies.
  2. The facilitation of a learning community of leadership studies in which core values are explored and modeled.
  3. Programming efforts which emphasize each aspect of our mission.

The discipline of Leadership Studies, as it is taught at K-State, is based on a broad definition of what constitutes leadership, best articulated by Joseph C. Rost (1991): "Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes."  Based on this definition and our mission statement, all courses and programs are designed to meet one or more of the following objectives:

  • Develop knowledge of self, group dynamics and communications processes, and current and historical perspectives of leadership.
  • Foster ethical decision-making through critical analysis, problem solving and discussions about integrity and character.
  • Emphasize caring as a key component of leadership which often requires boldness, fortitude, service, positive change orientation, inspiration and celebration.
  • Cultivate an inclusive world by encouraging open dialogue and sharing of stories and experiences in recognition of all that unites us.
  • Appreciate diversity by educating about a variety of cultures, studying leadership issues of special populations, and facilitating inter-cultural communication.
  • Recognize change as a vital part of the leadership process, and prepare future leaders to deal with change in a constructive way.

Value of a Learning Community

The Staley School of Leadership Studies at K-State is a values-centered learning community. Though the cornerstone of this community is its academic component, being a leadership studies student entails more than simply attending classes. An effective learning community models the values that it teaches - collaboration, respect for all, integrity, and service of a common purpose. Within this environment, students have the opportunity to interact with and learn from their peers as well as faculty.

Core Values of Leadership Studies

  • Service for the common good is the goal of leadership.
  • Leadership is needed at the personal, organizational, community, state, national, and global levels.
  • Leadership is a process and is not defined simply by position or authority.
  • Leadership studies is an academic discipline, which can be taught and learned.
  • Leadership studies is interdisciplinary in nature and unites theory and practice.
  • Leadership studies will benefit a broad spectrum of undergraduate students.
  • Collaboration is the primary method of teaching and developing leadership.
  • Successful leaders are committed to and have the ability to engage in leadership with those of other backgrounds and cultures.