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LEADS May 2022


Leadership. Empowerment. Action. Development. Service.

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What is the L.E.A.D.S. Program?

L.E.A.D.S. is a four-year program that offers a transformative experience for undergraduates who demonstrate a desire to grow as leaders. The Benedictine hallmarks serve as the foundation of the program, while leadership principles guide the program’s content. The goal of L.E.A.D.S. is to develop outstanding leaders driven to become agents of change for the good of all.

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L.E.A.D.S. is based on the principles of Benevolent Leadership, an emerging model of leadership informed by insight related to ethics/morality, spirituality, vitality/positivity, and community, all qualities of leadership contributing to the common good.

Students who are accepted in to the L.E.A.D.S. program will:

      • Develop a skillset so when they leave this academic institution, they will enter the world of work as a leader, in their own right;
      • Demonstrate a strong sense of character, embodying courage, confidence, and resolve;
      • Interwoven with grace and generosity for self, others, and the community;
      • Become grounded solidly in their core values, positively impacting this world

Through a variety of programming and events, L.E.A.D.S. participants will gain a clearer understanding of their own leadership style and learn how to use those strengths to grow as authentic leaders. L.E.A.D.S. will expose you to people across the University and across the country who will mentor, monitor and inspire you to reach your potential.

Whether your professional goals put you in an operating room, classroom or boardroom, L.E.A.D.S. is designed to help you prepare for life after college and lead with integrity no matter the setting or situation.

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L.E.A.D.S. participants each receive...

$2,000 Annual Scholarship renewable over four years.
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L.E.A.D.S. is based on the principle of...

Benevolent Leadership, an emerging model of leadership. This model will allow you successful performance in the workplace and personal well-being in life.
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Empowering students with...

community responsiveness, ethical sensitivity, positive engagement, and spiritual depth.
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Application Process

  • Submit a L.E.A.D.S. applications.
  • Students interested in the L.E.A.D.S. program must complete application, essay questions, and submit two letters of recommendation
  • After application is received, students will receive a request for online interview with L.E.A.D.S. director and advisory team members.
  • Final selection of L.E.A.D.S. candidates is based on essay question, letters of recommendation, interview, and commitment of 20-30 hours of engagement during the full academic year.
Application coming soon!

LEADing the Way

Each year the L.E.A.D.S. development program will focus on a different dimension of Benevolent Leadership inspiring each student to lead with their BEST and infuses the Benedictine Hallmarks into the curriculum:


  • Year One: Leading with Benevolence (BenU Hallmarks: Community and Stewardship)
  • Year Two: Leading with vital Engagement (BenU Hallmarks: Humility and Hospitality)
  • Year Three: Leading with a Soul-purpose (BenU Hallmarks:- Love of God and Neighbor, Prayer, and Conversatio)
  • Year Four: Leading with Truth (BenU Hallmarks: Obedience, Discipline, Stability)
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Developing outstanding leaders driven to become agents of change for the good of all.

Social Responsibility
Personal Responsibility
Receiving and Providing Productive Feedback
Successful Negotiating
Advocating for a Point of View
Authentic Listening
Change Creation
Leadership Confidence
Taking Initiative
Experiential Self-Development

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Support L.E.A.D.S.

Want to support our L.E.A.D.S. students as a mentor? Join our BenU Network and join the L.E.A.D.S. group. Our students look forward to building relationships with alumni today for their success tomorrow!

Gifts to support the L.E.A.D.S. program can be made using the button below. (Please select “Specific Designation” and scroll to “Campus Initiatives” where you can select the “LEADS Fund”.)

Thank you for your support!

Gifts to support the L.E.A.D.S. program can be made HERE

Calling All Women Leaders!

We invite you to be a part of a special community of like-minded students who want to grow as individuals, hone their leadership skills and have an impact on the world.


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Nancy Sayer, Ph.D., LCPC, PCC
Program Consultant
[email protected]
(630) 373-6742