Leadership is a central theme of Gettysburg College Mission Statement:

"Gettysburg College, a national, residential, undergraduate college committed to a liberal education, prepares students to be active leaders and participants in a changing world."

At Gettysburg, we focus on four learning goals that prepare students to take purposeful action in service of the community: Citizenship, Integrity, Inclusiveness, and Emotional Intelligence.

In regards to leadership, we believe the following about leadership:

  • Leadership is ethical and values-based
  • Leadership potential lies within everyone
  • Leadership is collaborative and group-oriented
  • Leadership is developmental and lifelong
  • Leadership development is consistent with our mission as a liberal arts college

Our philosophy of leadership is built on the idea that:

"A leader is not necessarily someone who holds some formal position of leadership or who is perceived as a leader by others. Rather, a leader is one who is able to affect positive change for the betterment of others, the community, and society. All people, in other words, are potential leaders. Moreover, the process of leadership cannot be described simply in terms of the behavior of an individual; rather leadership involves collaborative relationships that lead to collective action grounded in the shared values of people who work together to effect positive change."

- Higher Education Resource Institute (HERI) at UCLA