Leadership is a process. Rather than a position or title, it is a deliberate series of steps that involves sustained introspection (to identify our own values, interests and goals) and collaborative communication (to mobilize oneself and others to serve and work around a shared vision). More than that, effective leadership requires paying mindful attention to the cumulative impact our decisions have on those around us. This is a core belief that Dartmouth holds dear. Indeed, in his inaugural address, President Hanlon encouraged members of the Dartmouth campus community to rise to the following challenge:
“…[C]onsider, with every action you take on this campus, whether you are strengthening our community, or undermining it. You must always choose to strengthen it and you must hold this commitment dearer than any other.”
It is in this same spirit – a belief that each of us can help Dartmouth thrive by choosing integrity and pursuing solidarity – that we invite you to join OPAL IMPACT. This six-week workshop series will approach leadership as a purposeful, collaborative and values-based process. No matter what you saw in the blank space above, our goal is to guide you to engage in that role with the framework and competencies to effect positive change. Whether you hold a formal leadership position on campus or not, our team wants to help you learn to channel your personal strengths and beliefs into positive action on behalf of the groups and causes that matter to you.
Last Updated: 5/22/15