The Butler Center meets the needs of our diverse student population by
providing an array of opportunities and resources to build strong leadership
skills. The Butler Center has a wide range of leadership development
programs for students such as conferences, symposiums, workshops and more.
For more information, please visit the links on the navigation bar to right.
Principles for Leadership
The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students, to
create knowledge and to provide service to our community and beyond.
Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family,
we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.
The Butler Center defines leadership as an inclusive, relational process of
collaboration, commitment and engagement of all parties in the realization
of a shared vision. Leaders are strongly rooted in values and are unafraid
of controversy. Leadership development is a life-long process heavily
intertwined with service. Viewed through this multidimensional context, all
individuals possess the capacity to develop as leaders.
The Butler Center's leadership philosophy and programs are based on the
Social Change Model of Leadership Development. The model, as shown above,
illustrates the development of an individual through self-knowledge
(understanding one's talents, values and interests as it relates to one's
capacity to provide effective leadership skills) and demonstrates the
enhanced student learning resulting from leadership competence (the capacity
to mobilize oneself and others to serve and work collaboratively). These
factors combined will ultimately facilitate positive social change within a
community or society.
The model approaches leadership development from three different
perspectives or levels: the individual, the group, and community or society.
It incorporates seven key values (the "7 C's"): consciousness of self (aware
of beliefs, values, attitudes and emotions that motivate one to take
action), congruence (refers to thinking, feeling and behaving with
consistency and authenticity), commitment, collaboration, common purpose,
controversy with civility (ability to respect and consider differences in
opinions) and citizenship (working for positive change on behalf of others