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The Institute for Leadership

Leadership Institute team near signHow We See Leadership

At Mount St. Mary’s we consider leadership an invitation to greatness.Your greatness.The Institute for Leadership believes that everyone has the potential to answer this deep and abiding call from within. The call directs you to “step in and step up.” You will know it when it is directed toward the development of yourself in the service of others, helping others to help themselves.

The call to be a leader involves something so much larger than yourself. It’s about dynamic change within individuals and their world that brings satisfaction to both the leaders and the recipients of their service.

People who answer the call to leadership are filled with focus and passion, so much in fact, that they often do not even see obstacles. There are no barriers, only avenues to success.

Our Vision

The Institute for Leadership empowers Mount students to be positive examples of servant leadership.

Our Mission

In devoted support of the central mission of the Mount ("Mount St. Mary’s is a Catholic university committed to education in the service of truth; we seek to cultivate a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in discovery, and empowered for leadership in the Church, the professions, and the world”), the Institute for Leadership challenges students to rise to their personal best and be a positive influence, moving others toward good while respecting the dignity of all they lead. ILS promotes ongoing self-reflection upon academic and co-curricular experiences in order that students grow in their self-awareness to become intelligent and compassionate leaders.

The Institute for Leadership starts with a conversation about personal leadership questions even before First-Years arrive. Research tells us that students desire opportunities to build self-confidence, engage in internships and become the best version of themselves.

Our  Staff

Dana Sauers

Dana Larkin Sauers, M.Ed.

Director and Teaching Fellow
(301) 447-3702
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Michael Hoover

Michael J. Hoover

Associate Director
(301) 447-5025
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John and David

John O'Flaherty & David Tielle

Resource Managers


Stephen Jackson

Trainer for Freshmen

Mike Celmer

Graduate Assistant   



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