The following philosophy about leadership was adopted by the College of Agriculture faculty on August 25, 2005. These beliefs serve as the foundation for the Leadership Development Certificate Program.
We believe that all students can and should exercise leadership. Leadership does not require formal authority or position and can be practiced by anyone interested in making a difference in his/her family, workplace, and community.
Leadership is a process of people working together toward common goals that bring about positive change. The effectiveness of leadership is based on trusting relationships. Through this exchange, people influence one another’s thoughts and actions. By incorporating the diverse skills and viewpoints of others, individuals are empowered and group energy is mobilized to pursue collective goals. Decisions are made and actions are taken.
The development of leadership begins with personal initiative and an understanding one’s passions, motivations, strengths, limitations, and personal values. This also includes an understanding of the ethical nature of leadership as it relates to one’s character and a commitment to act with trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
This process of self-discovery is ongoing and requires a commitment to lifelong learning through getting involved, reflecting on the experience, and stretching oneself to meet new challenges. The purpose of leadership development is not only for the benefit of oneself, but also to enable one to be a more effective leader in addressing important issues that affect oneself and others.
College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate Program Committee is a College of Agriculture administrative committee with the task of administering the Leadership Development Certificate Program. This committee will provide oversight for the Leadership Development Certificate Program, approve the students’ Professional Development Plans, recommend individual student leadership development certification, and support the coaches’ efforts. Annual membership on this committee will be recommended by each department head as requested by the associate dean and director of academic programs. Unless specifically stated otherwise, term of membership on this committee is not limited.
College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate Program Steering Committee will be responsible for developing plans and procedures for the College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate Program and report directly to the College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate Program Committee. The steering committee is composed of the chair of the College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate Program Committee, a representative from the Office of Academic Programs, graduate students, undergraduates, and volunteers from the respective academic departments (not to exceed three departments).
College of Agriculture Leadership Development Certificate Program Advisory Committee will be comprised of representatives from agricultural businesses, industry, alumni, and community leadership. Their primary responsibility will be to provide volunteer leadership in evaluating the effectiveness of the Leadership Development Certificate Program, provide advice relative to leadership experiences recommended to students, and promote and support the Leadership Development Certificate Program and its leadership certificate holders to our stakeholders. Invitation to serve on the advisory committee will be at the discretion of the dean of agriculture. Candidates will be selected based on their ability and willingness to serve and provide leadership to the program.