Every student is capable of leadership...
Leadership is a process that involves working with others to create positive change...
Leadership is grounded in shared values...
The future depends on your leadership.

Leadership Opportunities in the Department of Residence

The on-campus environment is a perfect place for students to practice community-based leadership, and learn the qualities necessary to be a citizen leader. The Department of Residence is committed to helping students learn about leadership, and their potential.

The Department of Residence strives to:

  • Educate students on the importance of leadership in their own lives
  • Help students develop confidence in their own abilities and skills in working with others
  • Assist students in developing self awareness
  • Help students understand their roles as citizen leaders

So that students will:

  • Feel empowered to make significant changes in their own lives and their own communities
  • Strive to make a difference in their communities, at Iowa State University, and in the world.
  • Enhance skills needed to be successful in future endeavors and live harmoniously in community.
  • Form lasting connections and friendships while learing to best utilize their resources.

Community-Based Leadership:

A Community is something that emerges when a group of people:

  • Participate in common practices
  • Depend upon one another
  • Make decisions together
  • Identify themselves as part of something larger
  • Commit themselves to their own, one another's and the group's well-being

In ideal communities:

  • Everyone has a voice and a sense of efficacy; dialogue between community members is important and respect for others opinions is essential
  • Visions and decisions are made collectively
  • Elected officials listen to and act on advice from constituents.
  • Leadership means action, and issues can be addressed by anyone
  • The community grows through proactiveness

Citizen Leaders:

  • Work to stay informed of current issues and events, and think critically about how their communities are affected by them
  • Have a heightened self-awareness; they use their values as a guide to their decisions, and their strengths and limitations as a guide for their actions
  • Have an increased awareness of diversity and understand and appreciate the differences that surround them
  • Understand that they cannot act alone, and strive to build teams and groups that will help them take action
  • Are able to create visions and set goals for themselves and their communities
  • Work hard to communicate effectively. Their passion is expressed with clarity, conviction, and civility. They understand the importance of listening as well as expressing their thoughts
  • Believe in their fundamental responsibility to contribute to the well-being of others and the common good of society.