Mission Statement

The Philosophy of the Executive Leadership and Change Master of Science Program: Effective leaders have an accurate sense of themselves. They model, teach, and advocate the values of authenticity, mindfulness, empowerment, creative and critical thinking. To promote collaboration, trust and community building, they take advantage of diversity of style, experience and culture . Executive leaders understand and facilitate change to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex, fast-paced, global society. Leaders need the skills to create and communicate a positive view of the future, which is in harmony with the values of their organization and the larger community. The role of the leader is to inspire and facilitate working towards these positive change goals.

In keeping with Daemen College's belief that leadership is fundamentally service, the leader's role is defined to include a sense of civic responsibility and ethical decision making. The contemplative and interdisciplinary curriculum provides participatory interactive experiences and opportunities for analysis and  reflection as the primary methods for exploring leadership and change.

The Executive Leadership and Change program characterizes leadership as an on-going learning process, thus building capacity in the leader, their organization and in the other team members involved in leading positive change.

Program Objectives

  • Apply contemporary leadership models and theories as they analyze and shape personal leadership style of the student (develop personal Mission – Vision, Strategic Goals and Learning Objectives).
  • Change behavior through mindful self-knowledge, cultural sensitivity, team dynamics and systems thinking.
  • Reflect on their experience when applying new knowledge, skills and approaches.
  • Develop skills for effective leadership guided by ethical values.
  • Nurture creative and critical thinking skills necessary to effect personal and organizational change.
  • Integrate the advantages of a liberal learning philosophy into a framework of leadership skills and organizational capacity building behaviors.
  • Acknowledge and fulfill their roles as leaders of change personally, organizationally and in the community with specializations in Business, Health Professions, Not for Profit or Higher Education contexts.

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The M. Angela Canavan, OSF Legacy Society was established to recognize those thoughtful members of the Rosary Hill/Daemen College community who have made a provision for the college in their estate plans through a bequest, life insurance policy, trust, retirement plan, IRA or other planned gift.