Many people think they need to be elected in order to become a leader, assuming that leadership involves a formal leadership role. This idea is simply not true. We all have within us the ability to be a leader, and many people are, without realizing it.
The philosophy of the O'Daniel Leadership Programs is that leadership is the expression of one’s values and actions. By engaging our authentic selves, we are able to identify a personal belief system that guides our actions. Leaders have the responsibility to act with ethics and integrity. Leadership is not the position one holds, but rather the action one takes. It is a life-long journey of learning, engaging, and serving others with the goal of having a positive impact on the community.
The O'Daniel Leadership Programs have been created to challenge and empower USI students to become aware of their leadership skills and abilities and help them feel more confident in their ability to lead others and effect change. These programs provide students with opportunities to build leadership skills such as communication, critical thinking, self-confidence, motivation, conflict management, goal setting, working in teams, and self-assessment.