Student Leadership Competencies

CSIL's 10 Student Leadership Competencies

Conflict Negotiation - Conflict is inevitable. Leaders may be involved in the conflict or helping others negotiate through the conflict. To create a safe, respectful, and trusting environment, leaders must be adept at negotiating conflict.

Self-Development - Whether it is learning new technology or how to become a better public speaker, leaders are always learning. They may do this voluntarily like seeking out training or out of necessity based on the leader's role or the group's needs.

Responsibility for Personal Behavior - All people make mistakes and bad choices on occasion. It is how one handles those situations that demonstrates leadership.

Productive Relationships - Leadership involves having meaningful connections with others; simply interacting with people does not constitute a relationship.

Problem Solving - Although everyone is confronted with problems, because leaders are connected to a larger system, problem solving can often have higher stakes for a group or organization.

Listening - Effective communication is more than just communicating messages to another person; it also involves receiving messages by listening. 

Inclusion - Leaders do not just lead an abstract group of people for an abstract cause; they lead with people and for people, and must foster an inclusive environment.

Group Development - Working together is not just about achieving an outcome; it is about participating in a process. Leaders needs to pay attention to the group process ensuring that the group feels a sense of connection and commitment to both the group and its members.

Goals - It is essential to break a vision down into smaller, measurable, and more readily achievable goals that contribute to the achievement of the larger vision. By achieving these goals, one can measure progress towards the vision as well as feel a greater sense of accomplishment along the way.

Diversity - Leadership is inherently an interpersonal process, and in many situations, leaders will find themselves in the position of working with individuals who have different backgrounds, beliefs, and/or experiences than they do. The variety of diverse perspectives of those in the group can enhance a group's effectiveness.