Tara Widner, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Leadership Studies
Associate Teaching Professor
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
About the Program
The Leadership Studies Program at Iowa State University is an interdisciplinary program designed for students in all majors, consisting of a 21-credit-hour leadership studies certificate, a 15-credit leadership studies minor, and a suite of leadership studies courses.
The program is designed for undergraduate students in all academic disciplines and colleges at Iowa State University who seek to study, understand, and apply the principles of leadership in their lives and, eventually, their careers.
Leadership Studies at Iowa State
The Leadership Studies Program provides high impact, experiential learning where every student will engage in the leadership process, preparing them for opportunities to effect positive change with purpose and passion.
The Leadership Studies Program develops students who can effect positive change through understanding the leadership discipline, expand the contexts for intentional leadership practice, and cultivate leadership in others.
Effective leadership is an intentional and reflective process that cultivates self awareness, equity, collaboration, and empathy.