Social Change Model
The Social Change Model of Leadership Development is a leadership model that was developed by a group of higher educational professionals funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education, Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Development Program. The group of professionals came together from higher education institutions across the country to discuss student leadership development and create a leadership model based on their research of effective leaders as well as their experiences working with college student leadership groups. The result of these discussions was the Social Change Model, which redefines leadership as collaborative, process oriented, and values-based. The resulting leadership model is organized around three dimensions of values – individual, group, and society values – and encourages students to consider how they can make a positive change in the world.
While the Social Change Model values are divided into three dimensions, they are all interconnected. Developing in one area of the leadership model will further development in other areas of the model. The goal of the model is to encourage students to embrace the process of leadership development by focusing on themselves, their interactions in the groups they are involved in, and their contributions to the communities in which they hold membership. There are seven values mentioned in the model and they have come to be called the “Seven C’s.”
Learn more about the "Seven C's" and the three dimensions:
- What are the "Seven C's"?
Check out what each "C" stands for.
- Individual Values
Learn more about which C's are at the individual level.
- Group Values
Find out more about which C's are at the group level.
- Society Values
Read more about which C's are at the societal level.