The 7 C’s of Leadership

Consciousness of Self

Awareness of the beliefs, values, attitudes and emotions that motivate one to take action. This is key to being able to develop consciousness of others.


Thinking, feeling and behaving with consistency, genuineness, authenticity and honesty towards others.


The motivational energy that drives the individual to serve the collective effort; implies passion, intensity and duration.


Working with others in a common effort. It constitutes the cornerstone value of the group leadership effort because it empowers self and others through trust.

Common Purpose

To work with shared aims and values; facilitates the group’s ability to engage in collective analysis of issues at hand and the task to be undertaken.

Controversy with Civility

Recognizes two fundamental realities of any creative group effort: that differences in viewpoint are inevitable, and that such differences must be aired openly, but with civility. Civility implies respect for others, a willingness to hear each other’s views and the exercise of restraint in criticizing the views and actions of others.


The process whereby an individual and the collaborative group become responsibly connected to the community and the society through the leadership development activity. To be a good citizen is to work for positive change on the behalf of others and the community.

Komives, S. R., & Wagner, W. (Eds.). (2017). Leadership for a better world: Understanding the social change model of leadership development. John Wiley & Sons.

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Saint John’s University

Dr. Beth Wengler
Director, Honors Scholars
Professor of History
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Dr. Emily Esch
Associate Director, Honors Scholars
Professor of Philosophy
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