At the University of Central Oklahoma, we believe that all students have the capacity to lead. Leadership does not require formal authority or position and can be practiced by anyone interested in making a contribution and influencing a more positive future. Every student leader has the ability to affect individuals, teams, organizations, the community and society.
Leadership is a personal journey leading to the understandings and skill sets that encourage and allow students to positively and ethically influence and mobilize others. The development of leadership begins with personal initiative and awareness – understanding one’s passions, motivations, strengths, limits and personal values. The process of self-discovery is ongoing, and the pursuit of leadership requires perseverance and a commitment to perpetual learning.
Leadership Central serves as the home for several leaders on campus including UCO’s two leadership scholarship programs, President’s Leadership Council (PLC) and Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) which focuses on organizational and servant leadership development. Leadership Central promotes holistic leadership to develop civically engaged, servant leaders who feel empowered and educated to promote meaningful impacts within their current and future communities. Leadership Central provides opportunities through academic courses; global service projects; guest speakers; UCO Leadership Academy, Leaders in Training program; TEDxUCO; and, Public Affairs Task Force student organizations. Leadership Central supports civic and political discussions that enhance the university’s ability to react to local community needs and initiatives. Consistently engaging state and legislative leaders, Leadership Central also supports RUSO and university legislative priorities.