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Servant Leadership Vision Process

Solidarity is learned through contact rather than through concepts. When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change.
-- Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.


The Vision Team's Charge

October 2009

The Division of Student Development at Saint Louis University is committed to developing a comprehensive and developmental servant leadership program that is aligned with our Catholic, Jesuit heritage and Saint Louis University's mission and values. A program such as this is necessary in the 21st century so that students may be prepared to facilitate and lead social change in order to address the social issues that marginalize people within our society. Students who participate in this process will develop the ideal qualities, skills, and competencies necessary for effective servant leadership.

What is a Leadership Programs Model


A Leadership Programs Model is a holistic framework or curriculum for leadership education and development that provides students an opportunity to learn leadership skills, understand leadership theory, and develop leadership experiences (Roberts and Ullom, 1989). A Leadership Programs Model serves as the guide to the development of leadership programs and initiatives, which includes design, implementation, and assessment.

Why Servant Leadership

Theoretical construct

We have chosen the theoretical concept of servant-leadership because of its clear connection to the mission and values of Saint Louis University. The concept was originally published by Robert K. Greenleaf (1970) in his essay The Servant as Leader. The primary tenet of the theory is that a person sees her or himself as servant-first, and through serving others and focusing on the needs of their organization is then transformed into a leader. Servant-leadership consists of an increase in one's service to the community, a holistic development of self, and the transformation of society.

Servant Leadership Vision Team


  • Todd J. Foley (Chair), Student Involvement Center
  • Wendy Blocker, Career Services
  • Rob Boyle, Ph.D., John Cook School of Business
  • LaTanya Buck, Cross Cultural Center
  • Mary Domahidy, Ph.D., Center for Service and Community Engagement
  • Steven Fowler, Campus Ministry
  • Kirstin Leih, Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Amanda Pillai, Transition Programs
  • Sabrina Tyuse, Ph.D., Social Work

The Vision Process

Phases of the Vision Process


The vision process includes five phases, each with its own set of goals and outcomes. These five phases serve only as a suggested guideline, a framework to begin the process. The process for creating a Leadership Programs Model is organic and should be allowed to grow in the direction it sees fit.

  • Stage One: Visioning
  • Stage Two: Framing
  • Stage Three: Designing
  • Stage Four: Implementing
  • Stage Five: Re-Visioning

For more information on the Vision Process, email Todd Foley.

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