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Office of Leadership and Student Development


OLSD Leadership Competencies

In surveys conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) on the top 10 skills that employers seek in employees, range from being a critical thinker to being a good communicator. Using these surveys and other business articles as a guide, the Office of Leadership and Student Development has chosen to focus on the following eight broad leadership categories to when creating activities and opportunities for our students.

Cedar Crest College works hard to position our students for great success. All our students are encouraged to obtain a personal and professional mentor to work with them to gain greater competency in our broad leadership competencies during their time at Cedar Crest College (As research shows that women with mentors earn 25% more in salary than those who do not have mentors. Forbes.com).

Communication Skills

Students will participate in activities where they can develop their confidence and ability in communicating (interpersonal, oral, written, listening)

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating as an officer or active member of a student organization. (teamwork, interpersonal, listening)
  • Assuming a leadership role where written and oral reports are required.

Community and Global Involvement

Students will participate in extra-curricular activities where they are able to contribute or develop projects impacting their local, regional, national, or global communities.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in one or more of the following: service learning project, internship, study abroad, or co-op opportunities.

Conflict Management

Students will develop the skill sets needed to mediate and facilitate the resolution of conflict. They will learn to manage the productive and counter-productive conflict that emerges in various parts of their lives.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending seminar on conflict mediation.
  • Attending seminar on how to facilitate conversations
  • Working with organization advisors to successfully manage difficult situations arising from within typical club activities.

Critical Thinking and Decision-Making

Students, in conjunction with diverse individuals, will participate in discussions and activities that critically examine (or analyze) social, educational, political, or economic systems or institutions.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing opinion pieces in addition to participating in decisions impacting issues of personal concern.
  • Participating on student and university committees
  • Participating on community committees
  • Participating in political rallies or endeavors
  • Developing and presenting a senior project.

Appreciation of Diversity

Students will participate in activities that expose them to a diversity of people, opinions, and events not limited to race, class, gender, religion, sexual or political orientation, age, art, cultural foods, and activities.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attending events held by groups with an identity or interest different from one’s own.
  • Participating in projects, events, or opportunities serving the needs of group’s different from one’s own.

Physical and Spiritual Development

Students will participate in various physical and spiritual activities that will provide them the knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to mind, body, soul.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Attend an activity or event sponsored by a religious or spiritual groups on campus
  • Participate in an Athletic Intramural Sport


Students will participate in activities that assist them in developing appropriate professional attire, attitude, political etiquette, personal career vision, and networking abilities.

Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Participating in dining etiquette workshops
  • Participating in professional development workshops.
  • Participating in internships and co-ops
  • Networking with students, faculty, staff, alumnae, employers.
  • Developing a personal career plan, including individualized value statements (or lifelong guiding principles).
  • Development of a career portfolio highlighting the accomplishment of academic, personal, and professional goals (outlined in personal career plan).