Because we recognize that leadership is value-based and constantly evolving, we chose to write a "We Believe" statement instead of a traditional mission statement. This stems from the "I Believe" assignment that every HWS Leads student completes while in the Certificate Program. Here is our "We Believe" statement.
As we stand in January 2013, we believe that leadership can be learned. We believe leadership is a relational process where an individual works with others towards a common goal that benefits the community. We believe in value-based leadership. We believe that ethical leadership is a commitment to difficult conversations. We believe in social justice, equity and service. We believe in innovation that adds value and intellectual growth. We believe that leaders should have a collective impact. We believe that leadership is striving for positive contributions with significant implications. We believe that reflection is at the core of an effective leader. We believe that engaging within and across difference leads to culturally-relevant leadership. We believe leadership is firmly rooted in action. And finally, we believe leadership is a lifelong process of leading self, leading others and leadership in action.