Prepared to lead, equipped to serve

Leadership

Experience the leader in you.

89%
of companies see leadership as an important issue

A leader needs a wide variety of knowledge, skills and dispositions to be effective. These attributes may be innate, or they may be learned and absorbed through observation.

At Union, a wide variety of classroom and practical experience will assist students assimilate and develop these qualities.

Why minor in leadership?

  • Employers today want recruits who are proactive, can get the job done and are capable of leading a team to do it.
  • Leadership skills transfer to any field, whether you’re entering business, medicine, teaching or mission work, and having specific examples of times you managed a team might just land you that job.

The leadership minor was an excellent experience. The class material was interesting, and seeing how it applied to the ‘real world’ was the most valuable part of getting the minor. The different classes helped me better understand my strengths and really made me think about how I could apply them to a career. Understanding different leadership styles is key to success. Being able to pick up on someone’s leadership style has helped me better work with people and understand where they are coming from.

Geoffrey Doctoroff
a 2014 graduate who is now a risk management program specialist for Omaha Public Schools in Omaha, Neb.
photo Geoffrey Doctoroff

Real experience starts long before graduation.

The world needs leaders. People who know how to inspire others, manage projects and build teams are in high demand. Through Union College’s leadership minor, you’ll learn and apply these very marketable skills. You’ll not only stand out from the crowd—you’ll lead it.

Why study at Union College?

  • The leadership minor can fit with any major at Union College.
  • Through the leadership cohort and Creative Leadership class you’ll specifically design projects to engage with students on campus. Whether it’s making the college more eco-friendly through recycling or discussing “hot topics” with your peers (actual projects), your imagination is the limit.
  • As part of the leadership cohort, you’ll rub shoulders with numerous professionals and keynote speakers who come to Union.
  • The specialized leadership internship gives students the opportunity to work in a chosen field off-campus. You get experience in an area you’re interested in, and then we’ll give you credit for it.

The leadership program was not only the most fun set of classes and experiences I had in college, but it was also the jumpstart that got me to where I am today. Because of all the techniques I learned for networking, listening to others and being a servant of Christ, I am able to be a mentor to many people around me. I really recommend this program for anyone who wishes to serve successfully!

Kati Britton Coronado
2011 graduate—now communication assistant for Adventist Community Services in Silver Spring, Md.
photo Kati Britton Coronado

Majors and minors

Union College offers a minor in leadership that can be paired with a major in any discipline. (Guide PDF)

Career options

Corporate executive

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Job outlook
8% growth (average)

Median pay
$104,000

Human resource specialist

Recruit, screen, interview, and place workers; often handle other human resources work, such as those related to employee relations, compensation and benefits, and training.

Job outlook
7% growth (average)

Median pay
$60,000

Health services manager

Plan, direct, and coordinate medical and health services.

Job outlook
20% growth (much faster than average)

Median pay
$98,000



Check out these stories of leadership students who have made the most of their training and experiences. Learn more

High school students participating in Academy Leadership Experience 2018

From time to time, Union College leadership students host a leadership simulation for students from Adventist academies to challenge all participants individually and as a team. Learn more

Dr. Linda Becker

meet the faculty


Get to know a little more about our professors who teach leadership. They all have impressive credentials, but they're pretty cool too.