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Student Leader Academy Leadership Competencies

For this year’s Student Leader Academy, Student Involvement is using the competencies identified in The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook by Dr. Corey Seemiller to guide the themes and content of the educational sessions. We ask that your presentation includes at least one of these competencies. Below are the various competency categories identified in the guidebook and the competency areas included in each category. The bold competencies are ones that Student Involvement has identified as ones that align with the goals and purpose of this year's Student Leader Academy. More information about the Student Leadership Competency Guidebook can be found at

Learning and Reasoning

  • Research
  • Other Perspectives
  • Reflection and Application
  • Systems Thinking
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Evaluation
  • Idea Generation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making

Self-Awareness and Development

  • Self-Understanding
  • Personal Values
  • Personal Contributions
  • Scope of Competence
  • Receiving Feedback
  • Self-Development

Interpersonal Interaction

  • Productive Relationships
  • Appropriate Interaction
  • Helping Others
  • Empathy
  • Mentoring
  • Motivation
  • Others’ Contributions
  • Empowerment
  • Providing Feedback
  • Supervision
  • Collaboration

Group Dynamics

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Power Dynamics
  • Group Development
  • Creating Change

Civic Responsibility

  • Diversity
  • Others’ Circumstances
  • Inclusion
  • Social Justice
  • Social Responsibility
  • Service


  • Verbal Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Facilitation
  • Conflict Negotiation
  • Advocating for a Point of View

Strategic Planning

  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Goals
  • Plan
  • Organization

Personal Behavior

  • Initiative
  • Functioning Independently
  • Follow-Through
  • Responsibility for Personal Behavior
  • Ethics
  • Responding to Ambiguity
  • Responding to Change
  • Resiliency
  • Positive Attitude
  • Confidence
  • Excellence

Student Leadership Competencies Source:


Seemiller, C. (2014). The student leadership competencies guidebook: Designing intentional leadership learning and development. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.