Our Purpose

The Transformational Leadership program is comprised of 8 separate leadership certificates rooted in Sigma Chi’s four Transformational Leadership tenets: Self, Others, Action and Community. Over the course of the next year, Sigma Chi Leadership Institute board members and staff will be crafting and sculpting the certificate curriculum, with pilot testing of the Foundational Leadership Certificate expected to begin in fall 2020. SCLI has been hard at work educating a growing faculty within its Facilitator Academy so its 16,000 students will have adequate mentors and teachers when the program launches in 2020.

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"... and, I have to say, that it's... It's not about strategy. It's not about specific goals. It is about the soft skills. It is about the human interaction. It fundamentally redefines a group of individual's capability to achieve transformation."

"... I cannot think of another organization more capable and more ready to redefine how a fraternity can define the experience of a young man on campus today anywhere in the world other than Sigma Chi."

Foundational Leadership

Discovering Self

A foundational leader moves from the theoretical to the practical by analyzing the importance of symbolism within their personal and professional lives. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Foundational Leadership course, students will embark on a path of self-discovery to build the foundation to become a leader and gain leadership skills that will serve them both personally and professionally. Students will gain an understanding that the growth and development of an organization’s vision, mission, and values are integral in establishing foundational leadership qualities. Upon completion of this 80-clock-hour course, students will be able to demonstrate essential life skills that lead to personal fulfillment and success and recognize distinct leadership possibilities and positions in order to ensure talent alignment within organizations.

A foundational leader moves from the theoretical to the practical by analyzing the importance of symbolism within their personal and professional lives. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Foundational Leadership course, students will embark on a path of self-discovery to build the foundation to become a leader and gain leadership skills that will serve them both personally and professionally. Students will gain an understanding that the growth and development of an organization’s vision, mission, and values are integral in establishing foundational leadership qualities. Upon completion of this 80-clock-hour course, students will be able to demonstrate essential life skills that lead to personal fulfillment and success and recognize distinct leadership possibilities and positions in order to ensure talent alignment within organizations.

Values-Based Leadership

Elevating Community

The heart of values-based leaders exists in their ability to apply principled beliefs and values to the various decisions and obstacles they encounter. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Values-Based Leadership course, students will practice the necessary interviewing and networking skills that open the door to career possibilities and fulfillment. Throughout this 40-clock-hour course, students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to recruit elite individuals by identifying the alignment between individual and organizational values while intentionally creating communities characterized by mutuality, inclusivity, and respectful relationships. Further, students will be able to strategize ways to engage individuals in a sustainable commitment to the overall mission and goals of the organization.

The heart of values-based leaders exists in their ability to apply principled beliefs and values to the various decisions and obstacles they encounter. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Values-Based Leadership course, students will practice the necessary interviewing and networking skills that open the door to career possibilities and fulfillment. Throughout this 40-clock-hour course, students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to recruit elite individuals by identifying the alignment between individual and organizational values while intentionally creating communities characterized by mutuality, inclusivity, and respectful relationships. Further, students will be able to strategize ways to engage individuals in a sustainable commitment to the overall mission and goals of the organization.

Distance Leadership

Connecting Community

Distance Leadership requires the recognition of unique opportunities that remote-based teams provide to organizations and to each other; thus, leaders must foster meaningful connections between remote team members to the benefit of both the organization and the members. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Distance Leadership course, students will gain the knowledge and skills to navigate industries reliant on remote work and digital leadership across blended platforms. Students will learn how to manage virtual teams, make the most of virtual communication tools, and motivate teams at a distance. Upon completion of this 40-clock-hour course, students will have an understanding of the potential benefits and drawbacks of working with remote teams, how to create an environment of mutual respect and strong team dynamics, and the tools available to lead individuals and teams at a distance.

Distance Leadership requires the recognition of unique opportunities that remote-based teams provide to organizations and to each other; thus, leaders must foster meaningful connections between remote team members to the benefit of both the organization and the members. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Distance Leadership course, students will gain the knowledge and skills to navigate industries reliant on remote work and digital leadership across blended platforms. Students will learn how to manage virtual teams, make the most of virtual communication tools, and motivate teams at a distance. Upon completion of this 40-clock-hour course, students will have an understanding of the potential benefits and drawbacks of working with remote teams, how to create an environment of mutual respect and strong team dynamics, and the tools available to lead individuals and teams at a distance.

Authentic Leadership

Leading Self

Authentic leadership is rooted in an ability to recognize and celebrate passion and purpose, to ultimately discover one’s personal and business intentions. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Authentic Leadership course, students will gain a deeper understanding of themselves through a SOCIAL STYLES™ behavioral assessment. Armed with this knowledge, students will be able to expand their emotional intelligence skillset. Upon completion of the 80-clock-hour course, students will have the capacity to recruit individuals to organizations based on character, as well as identify learning and growth opportunities that support career exploration and the career development process.

Authentic leadership is rooted in an ability to recognize and celebrate passion and purpose, to ultimately discover one’s personal and business intentions. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Authentic Leadership course, students will gain a deeper understanding of themselves through a SOCIAL STYLES™ behavioral assessment. Armed with this knowledge, students will be able to expand their emotional intelligence skillset. Upon completion of the 80-clock-hour course, students will have the capacity to recruit individuals to organizations based on character, as well as identify learning and growth opportunities that support career exploration and the career development process.

Servant Leadership

Empowering Others

A servant leader’s focus is on the growth and development of others and building community through active listening, empathy, stewardship, awareness and commitment. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Servant Leadership course, students will gain the skills and knowledge to enhance team performance, conduct productive coaching, and offer constructive feedback. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the community and in the workplace, improving decision making, running effective meetings, and giving back as mentors.

A servant leader’s focus is on the growth and development of others and building community through active listening, empathy, stewardship, awareness and commitment. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Servant Leadership course, students will gain the skills and knowledge to enhance team performance, conduct productive coaching, and offer constructive feedback. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the community and in the workplace, improving decision making, running effective meetings, and giving back as mentors.

Enduring Leadership

Leading Others

An Enduring Leader is able to articulate a clear and compelling vision that is relevant to the needs of today yet responsive to what is on the horizon. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Enduring Leadership course, students will gain an understanding of observable behavior and effective communication that can be used to foster and empower dynamic group interaction. Further, they will identify what core values and beliefs are and how they are developed, as well as how to incorporate them into an organization to positively impact team members. In this 80-clock-hour course, students will also work on improving self-reflection techniques, keys to strategic planning, and how to transition responsibilities so that the vision of an organization is not lost in the transition–instead, it endures.

An Enduring Leader is able to articulate a clear and compelling vision that is relevant to the needs of today yet responsive to what is on the horizon. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Enduring Leadership course, students will gain an understanding of observable behavior and effective communication that can be used to foster and empower dynamic group interaction. Further, they will identify what core values and beliefs are and how they are developed, as well as how to incorporate them into an organization to positively impact team members. In this 80-clock-hour course, students will also work on improving self-reflection techniques, keys to strategic planning, and how to transition responsibilities so that the vision of an organization is not lost in the transition–instead, it endures.

Adaptive Leadership

Inspiring Action

An Adaptive Leader provides perspective that empowers people to embrace a shared language in order to develop solutions to complex challenges. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Adaptive Leadership course, students will learn how to inspire action amongst others through the use of valuable presentation and facilitation skills that serve to create that shared language and foster support of the goals of the organization. Moreover, students will also learn how to ask for, evaluate, and use feedback to make needed changes while staying true to an organization’s vision and strategic plan. The skills and knowledge learned in this 40-clock-hour course will serve students in today’s fast-paced global environment where change is a given and adaptation, without sacrificing integrity, is needed for personal and professional success.

An Adaptive Leader provides perspective that empowers people to embrace a shared language in order to develop solutions to complex challenges. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Adaptive Leadership course, students will learn how to inspire action amongst others through the use of valuable presentation and facilitation skills that serve to create that shared language and foster support of the goals of the organization. Moreover, students will also learn how to ask for, evaluate, and use feedback to make needed changes while staying true to an organization’s vision and strategic plan. The skills and knowledge learned in this 40-clock-hour course will serve students in today’s fast-paced global environment where change is a given and adaptation, without sacrificing integrity, is needed for personal and professional success.

Innovative Leadership

Creating Action

An Innovative Leader inspires action that opens the door for creativity in responding to the complexities of life. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Innovative Leadership course, students will gain an understanding of change management, strategic visioning and planning, and learning in action. In this 40-clock-hour course, students will apply this new knowledge toward mapping their own personal and professional journeys in a process called design thinking. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use these maps as they begin to navigate life and careers after completing their undergraduate studies.

An Innovative Leader inspires action that opens the door for creativity in responding to the complexities of life. In the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute’s Innovative Leadership course, students will gain an understanding of change management, strategic visioning and planning, and learning in action. In this 40-clock-hour course, students will apply this new knowledge toward mapping their own personal and professional journeys in a process called design thinking. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to use these maps as they begin to navigate life and careers after completing their undergraduate studies.