Welcome to the Center for Leadership 

The Sewanee Center for Leadership was established to advance leaders and leadership in order to fulfill the University's mission, foster continual University improvement, and achieve the values of EQB. The center provides an institutional structure for our community's leadership development. It facilitates creative problem-solving, collaboration across groups, and our ability to harvest collective knowledge—and spur the action needed—to move Sewanee into the future.

Past Workshops

Nancy Berner
Lunch & Leadership hosted by Nancy Berner, Provost

Topic: Women in Leadership

Date: Monday, April 15, Noon
Location: Center for Leadership

There are a number of challenges that women face in leadership positions: being treated equally, building a professional network, managing communication styles, addressing likeability, building alliances with decision-makers, standing in their success, tackling imposter syndrome, as well as others. Please join Provost Nancy Berner for an intimate conversation on this topic. 

 Lunch & Leadership hosted by Nancy Berner, Provost

Topic: Leading with Your Values

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 12:15 p.m.
Location: Center for Leadership

What do you truly value in life? Do you hold onto these values as you lead others? What are the challenges that arise if your values differ with those whom you lead? Please join Provost Nancy Berner for an intimate conversation on this topic. 

Lunch & Leadership hosted by Nancy Berner, Provost

Topic: Leading During Change

Date: Wednesday, February 13, Noon
Location: Center for Leadership

How can you be an effective leader to ensure a successful change in your organization? How do you lead during the potential roadblocks along the way of the change? How do communication, collaboration, and commitment factor into leading others during this change? Please join Provost Nancy Berner for an intimate conversation on this topic.



About CliftonStrengths (formerly StrengthsFinder): Take an assessment in advance of the session to begin to understand how your talents work with others. Each strength theme sorts into one of four domains. These domains describe how people and teams use their talents to work together. 

Strategic Thinking How do you absorb, think about and analyze information and situations?
Executing How do you make things happen?
Influencing How do you influence others?
Relationship Building How do you build and nurture strong relationships?


Neither to Burn Out Nor Fade Away

Understanding Burnout and Flourishing in the Context of Criticism and Demand


Surprising Reason We Don't Keep Our Resolutions 

The Mental Habits of Effective Leaders

You Can Be a Great Leader and Have a Life

Know the Signs of Burnout

About the Center

The center’s core values are:

●  Inclusion, mutual respect, and honesty;

●  Reflection in pursuit of growth; and

●  Empowerment toward transformative change.

We aspire to demonstrate our values:

●  Through self-reflection;

●  Through collaboration and listening to others;

●  By taking risks, experimenting, and failing; and

●  Through a commitment of applying the knowledge gained from failure to support future success.

This guiding document provides an overview of the Sewanee Center for Leadership, its structure and basic operations. It is a living, narrative document that will be continuously updated as the center develops over time.

Why a Center for Leadership?

Higher education faces significant disruption due to technology, social, economic, and political pressures. For many institutions, growth in enrollment no longer means growth in revenue or resources and the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff is increasingly competitive. According to the American Council on Education, “colleges and universities are under extraordinary pressure not only to produce more and better-trained, skilled graduates but also to do so with decreasing revenues.”[1]

Sewanee faces specific challenges including:

●  Competition for outstanding students, faculty, and staff;

●  Retention of the employees and students that we work tirelessly to bring here; and

●  Creating an exceptional place to work and learn.

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Leadership starts with personal commitment. It is transformed through collaborative sharing of the work of leadership with others, and is ultimately intended to serve others and society at large.

-Leadership for a Better World, 2nd Edition