Our Leadership Approach
The Walter Center leverages tested theories, approaches, and best practices to ensure students are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to launch successful careers and become transformational leaders in their industries. Through the employment of the Strategic Leadership Competency Model (SLCM), students better understand themselves, their teams, and their organizations.
The SLCM is an adaptation of Sirmon et al.’s (2007) model of resourced-based theory, which outlines a process by which organizations structure, bundle, and leverage resources in order to add value and gain competitive advantage. Our model is focused on the intangible resources possessed by individual students in leadership development programs. It uses the terms recognizing, mobilizing, and executing to label its components.
Walter Center programing allows students to:
- Recognize intangible resources in the form of their potential leadership qualities. The four qualities (or resources) we seek to recognize in potential leaders are knowledge of business, strategic thinking, ability to generate ideas and focus, and learning agility.
- Mobilize leadership development by translating predictive qualities into capabilities, or practical skills. Through coursework and other instruction-based activities, a SLCM-based program would empower participants with motivation to lead and the ability to develop and inspire people, foster collaboration, and embody leadership presence and communication.
- Execute hands-on activities that improve students’ ability to lead, inspire, collaborate, and communicate. This will foster development of capabilities into the core competencies of acting on analysis, creating value from fit, competitively driving results, and following through on promises. The end result is performance that adds value and gives our students a competitive advantage in the job market.
Our Leadership Model