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The Institute for Leadership

Leadership Institute team near signAt Mount St. Mary’s, we take leadership development seriously. We want our students to have every chance they can to rise above the competition when they step out into the professional world and make the hard ethical choices that are needed in society today.

This is why we challenge our students with a leadership program that connects their classroom theory with practical experience.

Leadership Portfolio

The cornerstone of the leadership program is the creation of an on-line electronic leadership portfolio that acts as a personal development system and professional marketing tool. Over four years all Mount students build and refine their portfolio from their experiences, culminating with a final public presentation to chronicle their development and demonstrate their growth.

The Leadership Portfolio includes:

  • Résumé and Personal Introduction Letter

  • Leadership and Cultural Experience Reflection Papers

  • Comprehensive Writing Sample

  • Academic Honors and Awards

  • Public Service and Extracurricular Experience

  • Photographs and Multimedia

  • Additional Components as Appropriate

Learn more about the Leadership Portfolio, and see examples from current students.

The Fundamental College Experience

College is not just about leading in the classroom, it's also about learning who you are, what strengths you possess, how you fit in society and how to be a good citizen. This leadership across the curriculum program joins the classroom experience with extracurricular activities, giving our students a truly balanced approach to leadership and life. It also provides them with a tangible output that they can take with them when they graduate to show they took advantage of all that college has to offer.

The Mentors

To have successful leadership skills means there must be someone great to guide the way. Our faculty, from a variety of academic disciplines, participate in teaching the First-year Symposium, and also serve as the Leadership Portfolio faculty advisors. Students meet regularly with their faculty advisor to discuss their interests and to review their progress so they always have a way of connecting with guidance when needed.

Additionally, students are encouraged by our staff and administrators to complete a résumé workshop, attend cultural events and academic lectures, join clubs and organizations, or participate in social justice or service related activities as suited to their personality and interests.


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