Justice and Opportunity. The Community. The Nation. The World.
"What leaders have in common is that they know how to listen, they learn from adversity and mistakes, they constantly try new things, learn new skills, read,gain detachment and perspective, and reach out to new people, new ideas, and new ways of thinking. Leadership in the end is all about breadth, courage and judgment–and this is why liberal arts learning and leadership are so intertwined."
– Thomas E. Cronin
The Leadership Program at Illinois College is an interdisciplinary academic program integrated with the many leadership, service, and learning opportunities that take place outside the classroom. It is an individualized program, developed and based on the student’s own leadership interests and goals. The program teaches participants to connect and apply the lessons of the classroom to co-curricular activities and the wider community around them, to engage in significant and meaningful service-learning, to assume and excel in leadership roles on campus, and to see Illinois College as a resource that enables them to seek out and develop new possibilities to serve the common good well beyond the College’s borders.
The Leadership Program at Illinois College exists to carry out the vision shared by our Founders and Abraham Lincoln of justice and opportunity for all people in the community, the nation and the world.
True to the integral purposes and vision of a liberal arts education at Illinois College, the Leadership Program seeks to develop in our students the commitment, values, and abilities needed to lead and serve the campus, the community, and the world.