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15 Perspectives On Leadership At Gettysburg College

A collection of viewpoints from students, administrators, and faculty around campus on their definition of leadership.

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Janet Morgan Riggs '77

President, Gettysburg College

"Good leadership is rooted more in behavior than in personality. It consists of motivating people to do great work that serves the aims of an organization and that ultimately serves the greater good. Leadership requires teamwork and collaboration, gathering different perspectives and opinions, thinking critically and creatively, charting an informed course, and acting with integrity. Effective leaders often provide inspiration by serving as role models."


Stephanie Adamczak

Class of 2015

"I feel that leadership is allowing a space where others can reach out of their comfort zone. Leaders should be able to guide others in a way that creates positive change by opening up new dialogues, inspiring new initiatives, and being a source of support."


Kathy Williams, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Center for Career Development

"Leadership to me means that a person can see and anticipate needs, issues and potential problems, bring others together and encourage all of them to contribute to the process, implement a solution, and share in the feedback and results."


Martha Hagerty

Class of 2015

"Leadership, in my opinion, is drawing on your own experiences of overcoming challenges to help others make a difference. It can be simply demonstrating a confidence in your values and beliefs that makes others want to mimic that attitude. Regardless of the circumstances, leadership requires you to be relatable and willing to share a bit about yourself with others."


Matt Garrett

Head Women's Soccer Coach

"Leadership means to me having a positive influence over at least one person in the situation/group/dynamic you find yourself. Leadership can be by performance, by example, by motivation, by support, etc. The main concept is you are focused on giving and not taking. You are focused on the greater good and achieving a common goal and helping others and not just what is best for yourself."


Sara Moyer

Class of 2015

"Leadership requires the ability to communicate effectively, as well as fostering a positive attitude that influences others. It also takes a degree of initiative, and being able to stand by what you believe in. It incorporates understanding not only yourself, but also the people around you. Leadership does not necessarily mean holding a position within an organization; you can be a leader without having a title, and in that sense, most people hold these qualities within them."


Caroline Hartzell, Ph.d.

Professor, Political Science Department

"Leadership, in my view, consists of an ability to encourage or persuade others to consider the impacts of their actions on themselves and others. Good leaders aspire to encourage others to act in a manner that minimizes harmful impacts and maximizes positive impacts. Good leaders, in my view, are less focused on immediate (and perhaps evanescent) results and more focused on helping to foster choices and behaviors that lead to lasting change. Individuals can exercise leadership in a variety of fashions, including the use of rhetoric, but I believe that the most effective leaders lead by example."


Matt Maynard '14

Pricing Analyst, Travelers

"To me, leadership is about collaboratively working with others to bring about positive change. It's about holding yourself and others accountable as you work together to execute a common goal/vision."


Martina Khalek

Class of 2015

"Leadership is the act of guiding through influence another person or group of people. The best leaders are compassionate to those they lead and passionate for their cause. The best leaders subconsciously have strong character, are self-determined, and know when to seek assistance."


Kathleen Cain, Ph.d.

Professor, Psychology Department

"To me, leadership means working hard enough to see a project through, handling difficult questions or decisions thoughtfully and with courage, listening well and including people, and trying to set an example. It also means bringing out people’s strengths, making them feel good about their contributions, helping them to grow, and inspiring new possibilities."


Kelsey Meisch

Class of 2017

"Leadership is acting as a role model and being able to lead yourself and others in obtaining end goals. It is taking the right stance even though it may not be the popular one, and acting in a just way that also engages the emotional opinions of others; also, taking the initiative to do things."


Andy Hughes

Director, Garthwait Leadership Center

"For me, leadership is a relationship. It’s a relationship with yourself, those around you, and the vision you have for making a difference around you. It is an ongoing process that requires grit, hard work, and a commitment to integrity."

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