Leadership Competencies

Through Student Life’s various programs, resources, trainings, events and activities, we strive to instill the following leadership competencies within the students we serve.

Accountability – work with students to ensure and promote the three levels of accountability described below

  • Personal accountability
  • Accountability among the members of their organization to each other
  • Accountability to the mission of the organization as well as to the campus and larger communities


Community Engagement – emphasize working with others in a way that is considerate and respectful of the larger communities (campus, California State University, city, state, nation, and world); promoting an outward focus on social responsibility in a way that addresses the needs of these multiple communities

  • Engages in service in the community
  • Collaborates with others effectively
  • Understands process or dynamics of working with others in an appropriate manner
  • Understands concepts of organizational culture and context
  • Gives others appropriate feedback in a constructive manner
  • Understands the importance of being a socially responsible community member
  • Recognizes others’ contributions
  • Shares resources and promotes collaboration


Intrapersonal (Self) Development – build skills to enhance students’ success while on campus and post-graduation with an emphasis on communication, personal sustainability, critical thinking and a healthy lifestyle

  • Develops self-awareness
  • Gains knowledge of one’s personal values and ethics
  • Contributes to the greater good
  • Recognizes areas of improvement and how to develop those areas
  • Accepts feedback from others
  • Develops and utilizes organization and time management skills
  • Develops and utilizes oral, written, and nonverbal communication
  • Develops and utilizes listening skills
  • Develops and utilizes conflict management
  • Responsible to oneself as well as a team for personal behavior
  • Serves as a positive change agent


Reasoning and Thought – develop and utilize effective decision-making and problem solving skills

  • Applies what is learned with personal experiences to respond to situations and problems
  • Sets goals and plans for excellence, including follow through
  • Articulates one’s independent thoughts in a constructive manner
  • Develops and utilizes civil communication
  • Examines policies, procedures, actions, etc. with a critical, yet pragmatic, eye
  • Transfers knowledge to peers


Social Justice – encourage personal development and awareness of societal structures that benefit some and marginalize others; with this awareness, promote empowerment to work toward developing equity among all while formulating an understanding of what empowerment and equity mean with regard to various marginalized communities

  • Acknowledges and appreciates differences (i.e. cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, etc.)
  • Understands difference between tolerance and appreciation
  • Works effectively with a diverse team
  • Advocates for others
  • Understands own identity and multicultural dimensions
  • Seeks to understand and develop multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills
  • Understands one’s own power & privilege
  • Understands how the intersections of oppression can enrich or complicate a person’s place in a global society
  • Understands that learning and examining other worldviews is a lifelong process