Leadership Development—Skills That Make a Difference

What does it mean to be a leader? At Seattle University, leadership development is less about how to be in charge and more about how to work with others for a better world.

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We believe that the ability to lead exists within everyone

Whether it's leading in the classroom, in your student club, at a service site or beyond, everyone has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Our Jesuit and Catholic principles of leadership model honors your personal identities and priorities and follows best practices of leadership education. 

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How We're Different


Rhodes Scholars


Truman Scholars


National Science Foundation Research Fellows


Udall Scholars


Fulbright Scholars

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Leadership Development: What We Believe 

  • Leadership must be toward the common good.
  • Leadership is grounded in personal values, spirituality & integrity.
  • Leadership is shaped by personal identity & social location.
  • Leadership is committed to collective & relational practices.
  • Leadership requires practical & cognitive skills.
  • Leadership is practiced in context.
  • Leadership is an imagination for what is possible. 
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Develop your leadership skills in a campus club. Or start your own. 


Katie Bradley

Katie Bradley '18

"Seattle University provides us with the education for us to go forward and to produce real change. And to shake things up a bit.”

Get in Touch

We’re here to help. For information about leadership development at Seattle University, contact:

Center for Student Involvement