Servant Leadership

The undergraduate Servant Leadership Program at CSU is a comprehensive program committed to developing future leaders who practice the servant leadership philosophy. The Program is a collaborative partnership between CSU and the Columbus community. Participants are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through exciting and innovative leadership classes, hands-on modeling of leadership practices, participation in community service projects, and much more. Scholarship members of the program are competitively selected and awarded a $1,250 stipend each semester for successful completion of the program requirements.

In addition to the traditional stipend program, the Servant Leadership Program at CSU includes the Associate Program. The Associate Program enables any student who is interested in leadership development to take the leadership seminars, participate in community service, and enjoy many of the same benefits as the scholarship students. As stipends become available associate students are eligible to apply for those openings in the program.

Academic Classes

The Servant Leadership Program incorporates eight academic seminars into the 4-year comprehensive program. These seminars begin with an introduction to servant leadership and other popular leadership theories and build on the basic leadership concepts each semester, adding communication skills, leadership examples through film and biography, and an application of principles through teaching and project-based learning.

LEAD 1705 Introduction to Servant Leadership (2-0-2) 

Open to the general student population, incoming freshmen in the program, and incoming associates, this seminar enables students to define leadership and to understand the concept of Servant Leadership. Students begin to examine their own beliefs about leaders, leadership, and themselves. They are introduced to the current research literature on leadership and become acquainted with various leadership theories. Students will develop logical, informed, evidence based solutions to real-world problems.

LEAD 1706 The Individual as Servant Leader (0-0-1) 

For students in the Servant Leadership Program who want to understand themselves in the context of Servant Leadership. This course will enable students to understand critical developmental issues for college students and to develop their own personal vision in terms of Servant Leadership. Students will examine their definitions of moral leadership and focus on applying universal human values in practical contexts.

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 1705

LEAD 2705 The Language of Leadership (1-0-1) 

This course is for students in the Servant Leadership Program who want to explore the role of communication in leadership. Those interested in developing skills for authentic communication, in bridging the gap between style and substance, will find this course useful.

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 1705

LEAD 2706 The Servant Leader and Power (1-0-1) 

This course will enable students in the Servant Leadership Program to examine the meanings of coercion, manipulation, and persuasion. Students study sources of credibility, logical argument, and emotional appeals. Ethical application of the principles of persuasion is the focus as the student develops his or her own unique power to persuade.

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 1705

LEAD 2707 Servant Leaders in Films and Movies (1-0-1) 

Prerequisite: LEAD 1705, LEAD 1706, LEAD 2705 and LEAD 2706. This course is for students in the Servant Leadership Program who want to explore lessons in leadership through the timeless art of storytelling--stories told in movies and film. Students practice purposeful viewing of films, discuss principles of servant leadership and write papers that analyze the lessons in leadership.

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 1705

LEAD 2708 Leadership: A Biographical Approach (1-0-1) 

Prerequisite: LEAD 1705, LEAD 1706, LEAD 2705 and LEAD 2706. This course is for students in the Servant Leadership Program who want to explore lessons in leadership through the lives of servant leaders. Students read biographies, discuss the principles of servant leadership, and make presentations about the lives of servant leaders.

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 1705

LEAD 2709 Servant Leader as Teaching Assistant (1-0-1) 

Seniors in the Servant Leadership Program serve as teaching assistants for Servant Leadership seminars. Students serve as peer mentors, discussion group leaders, and overseers of the community service component of the seminars.

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 1705

LEAD 2715 Servant Leaders in Project-Based Learning (1-0-1) 

Seniors in the Servant Leadership Program identify and carry out selected projects designed to benefit the campus and/or community. Students write a proposal, develop and execute a plan, and make a final report and presentation.

Prerequisite(s): LEAD 1705

Restriction(s):

Enrollment limited to Senior students.