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Learn What It Takes to Lead

Gain Opportunities to Apply What You Learn

Leadership is learned. At College of Saint Mary, you are encouraged to bring your best skills and experiences and apply them to what you’ll learn about leading groups, teams and organizations. Best yet, while you’re learning you will have many opportunities to apply what you learn in the real world. From organizations and activities to internships and mentoring, our goal is to help you unearth your highest potential as a powerful, successful leader.

Leadership Leap is A Great Way to get a Head Start on Becoming a Leader on Campus!

The Leadership Leap program is available to incoming students. It helps students get acquainted with campus life and the College of Saint Mary community, build and grow leadership skills, and find ways to find their voice and become more involved during their time here. This program is led by student leaders who have demonstrated high character and involvement on and off campus for Leadership Leap participants to model themselves after.

Prior to the school year, incoming first-time traditional students can come stay overnight with student leaders and get ready to lead:

  • Meet other students, like you, who are looking to get a head start on becoming involved on-campus
  • Become familiar with the campus and the surrounding community
  • Participate in a service activity and learn how you fit in to the campus culture and community
  • Receive the tools necessary to become a leader at CSM!

Leadership Launch is Essential to Growing Leaders!

Leadership Launch fosters leadership of newer members within student organizations and emerging first and second-year leaders in the College of Saint Mary community. This program highlights seven skills to becoming effective leaders that students should learn in growing their own leadership style:

  • Becoming Self Aware and Confident
  • Becoming Values Driven
  • Becoming a Good Communicator
  • Becoming Action-Oriented
  • Becoming Other-Oriented
  • Becoming a Strategic Thinker
  • Becoming a Visionary


Graduates of this program have gone on to lead or start student organizations on campus, and have held leadership roles such as being a Student Orientation Staff member or Resident Advisor (RA).

Step It Up: For Upper Class Students

Juniors and Seniors have the unique opportunity to attend a series of five workshops during the spring semester on topics that help prepare students to go out into the world. Just 45-minutes long, each session is packed with helpful information on a range of topics that will assist students being successful long after graduation and into their professional lives.