Learning, Faith and Leadership
The LeTourneau University faculty and staff strive to develop qualities of leadership in every
student, empowering our young men and women as they seek to fill roles in their homes, schools,
churches, workplaces and communities throughout the world. We have identified the following "Ten
Characteristics of leaders," and are committed to strengthening them across our entire
Leaders create an atmosphere of inspiration and hope that breathes life into others
and motivates them to pursue a beneficial goal that was once thought to be unattainable.
Leaders communicate in order to lead more effectively. They have worked to
develop communicating skills and value these skills as motivators, stimulating growth in others; as
apologists, defending truth; and as emissaries, calling for societal change.
Leaders who are critical thinkers understand the need to process, analyze, synthesize and
conceptualize information in light of principled morality prior to taking action or formalizing
Responsible stewards recognize the need to utilize all aspects of creation
properly. Financial, intellectual, physical, and emotional resources should be developed and
used in a way they were designed to be used.
Leaders are civic-minded and are not only aware of the issues that are pertinent to people in
their communities, but possess empathy for others and are actively seeking ways to meet others'
Reflecting on their own strengths and weaknesses, a leader will utilize all
available resources to achieve the goal at hand and invest themselves in challenging, difficult,
and meaningful work.
A leader is not afraid to take risks and is willing to involve him/herself in endeavors that
have the potential for both success and failure. Failure, within a supportive environment,
although painful, offers tremendous opportunities for growth and development and should not be
viewed as terminal.
Christian leaders are committed, above all, to God. This consistent commitment is
integrated into all areas and aspects of a leader's life.
Leaders are people who understand that the pursuit of knowledge and understanding is a
lifelong quest. They attempt to continually seek and learn and understand the issues and
ideas that permeate our world.
A leader's beliefs and actions are born out of an ethical standard that considers
others' needs above his or her own. Even in the face of tremendous pressure and personal
adversity, a leader will act with honesty and integrity.