Our Mission

Mission Statement

The Leadership Department (LEAD) develops a community of scholar-practitioners who transform the power of knowledge into service. Its core values include: community, service, integrated life, and human dignity.

A scholar-practitioner integrates original empirical investigation with service-oriented leadership, striving for professional excellence grounded in theory and research. They form knowledge through experimentation and reflection, in the context of one's personal worldview and core values. A community of scholar-practitioners builds on the contribution of all participants, faculty and students. They learn from each other, cultivating a deep commitment to applying knowledge and reasearch into leadership practice. As such, our community fosters an environment that values unity of action with diversity of thinking, inquiry and information with creativity, individuality and uniqueness with a profound sense of community and society.

Our Faith

Andrews University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution. As a Christian school, we encourage strong moral principles and a close relationship with God. We celebrate the diversity of faiths represented at Andrews and respect the differences of persuasion that are present. We believe in a holistic approach to life that balances mind, body, and spirit in such a way that students are fully prepared to serve the world when they finish their studies.


Core Values

We understand that as we live our lives, the following core values are connected to one another: community, service, integrated life, and human dignity. These are explained below, with particular behaviors described in an effort to capture the way the core values are lived out by participants in the Leadership program.


Ethical Principal: Leaders recognize that community is foundational to learning and change.

Leaders understand that human beings need to be in relationships with other. Therefore, they encourage collaboration, cooperation, and dialogue so that groups may accomplish common goals.

Behaviors: Leaders/participants who accept this value will:

  • facilitate transformative group activities (processes)
  • engage in active diaglogue and learn from other people
  • share their knowledge, skills, and attitudes with other people
  • participate in Leadership and learning groups (LLGs) and the annual Roundtable Conference


Ethical Principle: Leaders help other people realize their unique purpose in life and help unleash their capacity to serve and lead.

Leaders meet the needs of others. They give time, knowledge, and skills to help other people.

Behaviors: Leaders/participants who accept this value will:

  • give individual attention through email, telephone, video conference, etc.
  • facilitate mentor/mentee relationships
  • encourage individualized (unique) portrayals of the Leadership and Learning Plan (LLP), portfolio, synthesis paper, and final presentation

Integrated Life

Ethical Principle: Leaders recognize the importance of integrating life into a balanced whole.

Leaders pursue the harmonious development of the mental, physical, social, and spiritual faculties in order to maximize human potential.

Behaviors: Leaders/participants who accept this value will:

  • demonstrate growth in mental capacities of motivation, concentration, critical thinking skills, analysis, and evaluation
  • set personal goals that promote healthy choices in nutrition, exercise, rest, and sustainable workloads
  • build meaningful social (interpersonal) relationship in order to establish a collaborative and supportive community (home, profession, Leadership and Learning Grou, etc.)
  • reflect on the spiritual dimension of life

Human Dignity

Ethical Principle: Leaders respect human dignity and safeguard the conditions for moral well-being

Leaders recognize the universal conditions of moral well-being: privacy, autonomy, community, and identity. Privacy is represented by the need for confidentiality and time for reflection. Autonomy is the need to make independent choices tht impact one's life. Community is the need to be a memeber of a group with a shared vision. Identity is the need to be unique and different from others. Leaders often make judgements and take actions whereby one or more aspects outweigh another, but they will acknowledge and explain the reasons for their choices.

Behaviors: Leaders/participants who accept this value will:

  • interact with integrity
  • hold confidences
  • act only after discussion with those who are impacted by the decision
  • avoid discrimintation, affirm diversity
  • include all participants
  • remain flexible
  • provide nurture and support
  • avoid dismissive comments
  • provide safe feeling, openness, and acceptance
  • call on another when behaviors are violated