Our Approach to Leadership

 We offer a leadership education that is values-based, collaborative, and service-oriented which reflects the mission and traditions of Saint Mary's College. We choose this approach because we believe it best serves the lives of our students and the particular setting in which they work and serve.

We recognize that there are many different definitions, theories and perspectives of leadership and different programs are designed around this varied landscape of leadership. Our M.A. in Leadership program at Saint Mary's College is situated in the midst of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region known for being a hub of dynamic and creative activity in an increasingly diverse, complex, and interdependent global world. We provide an understanding and practice of leadership that is reflective and responsive to this world. Most leadership education programs for working professionals emphasize developing competencies in role–based managerial leadership.  Our program emphasizes developing competencies in relational and collaborative leadership. In this way, leadership is something in which every stakeholder participates, not something that only emanates from the personality traits and actions of designated leaders.

By developing a depth and breadth of capacities and skills, our graduates are more able to effectively respond to the unique challenges and opportunities of an evolving world.

"The program increased my desire to work collaboratively with people ... It helped me to identify what I like to do, and pointed me in the direction where I can be most effective."

- Carlo Beckman, Alumnus