Through volunteer work, students develop a sense of purpose, viewing themselves as leaders who serve. With the support of the Lane Center for Service and Leadership, Wesleyan women work both on and off campus with dozens of agencies. Our students primarily focus on women’s and children’s issues, particularly related to domestic/sexual abuse, at-risk youth, and the homeless. Each spring, Wesleyan partners with Rebuilding Macon to restore homes in our community. Becoming a servant leader is an option open to all Wesleyan students.
Servant Leader Criteria:
We serve people better when we make a deep commitment to listening intently and truly understand what people are saying.
Servant leaders strive to understand other people's intentions and perspectives.
This characteristic relates to the emotional health and "wholeness" of people, and involves supporting them both physically and mentally.
Self-awareness is the ability to look at yourself, think deeply about your emotions and behavior, and consider how they affect the people around you and align with your values.
This characteristic relates to your ability to "dream great dreams," so that you look beyond day-to-day realities to the bigger picture.
Servant leaders use persuasion – rather than their authority – to encourage people to take action.
Foresight is when you can predict what's likely to happen in the future by learning from past experiences, identifying what's happening now, and understanding the consequences of your decisions.
Stewardship is about taking responsibility for the actions and performance of your team, and being accountable for the role team members play in your organization.
Servant leaders are committed to the personal and professional development of everyone on their teams.
You can do this by providing opportunities for people to interact with one another.
“I became more aware of the importance of helping others and serving the community through my position as a Servant Leader. I appreciate that Wesleyan offers me such a wonderful environment to experience sisterhood, love, and generosity.”
Xin “Catherine” Tang `19
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