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Four Years of Intentional Leadership Development

At Cornerstone University, students experience four years of intentional Christ-centered leadership development to prepare them with practical skills they need to succeed in their career, ministry and life. From freshman year to graduation, students will: Learn. Engage. Acquire. Develop. At each stage of their leadership development pathway, students receive leadership training that is tailored to their stage of growth and applicable to every industry, every ministry and in life relationships. And most importantly, CU LEAD is rooted in Biblical leadership and character principles as image-bearers of Jesus Christ.

This program will also hold several assessments for the student and university to assess core objectives and student growth/progress.

Step 01:
Learn Yourself

Freshman Year – Personal Growth

During the freshman year, students will focus on self-discernment and personal growth. This includes identifying strengths and weaknesses, learning new skills, and exploring their interests. Students begin to understand their SHAPE, work on building Emotional Intelligence, and get involved in opportunities to learn and grow. At the end of step one, students will have worked through multiple outlets to grow self-awareness. The goal of step one is to help students jumpstart leadership development and build a biblical foundation for future leadership development.


  • SHAPE Assessment
  • PathwayU Assessment
  • StrenghtsFinder (FYE)
  • Join an Organization
  • Attend a range of campus activities
  • Mentorship
  • Student Bible Study


  • Biblical foundations of leadership
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Time management
  • Self-awareness

Step 02:
Engage Relationships

Sophomore Year – Building Relationships

In the sophomore year, students should focus on building strong relationships and navigating those relationships. This means moving outside of their first-year peer group by connecting with peers, faculty, and staff for deeper relationship and to create a broader network. Students should actively participate in group projects and take leadership opportunities in on-campus work, student leadership or in student organizations. The goal is to help students develop strong communication skills, learn to work effectively as part of a team, and build a network of support.


  • Attend multicultural events
  • Serve in an organization
  • Orientation leader
  • Co-lead a Bible study
  • Mentorship with new mentor
  • Attend service opportunities


  • Communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Cultural intelligence
  • Leadership styles

Step 03:
Acquire Experience

In the junior year, students should start taking on greater leadership roles. This includes serving as higher level officers in clubs and organizations, organizing events and activities, and leading service projects. The goal is to help students develop leadership skills and experience, build confidence, learn to lead collaboration, and make a positive impact on their campus and community.


  • Student leadership interns, RA, foundations, SALT, etc.
  • Student organization officer
  • Lead service opportunities
  • Academic or center interns
  • Lead Bible study
  • Mission trip


  • Team building
  • Decision-making
  • Project management
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership conference

Step 04:
Develop Others

Senior Year – Hone Leadership Skills

During the senior year, students should reflect on their leadership development journey and prepare for the future. This includes assessing their skills, setting goals, and planning for postgraduation opportunities such as graduate school or employment. At this stage, students should be pouring into others and honing their own leadership skills. The goal is to help students take ownership of their leadership development, build into the development of others, and prepare to lead beyond college.


  • Upper-level leadership positions (directors, RAs, formation intern, SALT, etc.)
  • Mentor
  • Mission trip
  • Leadership trip
  • Lead Bible study groups


  • Strategic planning
  • Conflict management
  • Team leadership
  • Delegation/empowerment
  • Change management

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