Student leadership development is a critical aspect of a student's experience at Ashland University. The Student Leadership Office provides programs to strengthen and develop leadership skills; the Student Leadership Challenge Series is an ongoing program that students are welcome to attend to learn more about themselves as leaders. The series is developed using a framework of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership from The Student Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner (2008). This framework consists of the following principles:
Model the Way
"We must become the change we want to see."
Inspire a Shared Vision
"The very essence of leadership is [that] you have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forecefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."
Challenge the Process
"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."
Enable Others to Act
"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
Encourage the Heart
"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I may not forget you."
William Arthur Ward