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.

Guiding 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 and community).