Educating students to become tomorrow’s leaders

A photo of students spending time outside around Francis Quadrangle, Feb. 23, 2021.
Students spend time outside around Francis Quadrangle, Feb. 23, 2021.

As Mizzou continues to evolve throughout its 182-year history, our approach to education also has to evolve. We should constantly be thinking about our current models of learning to figure out what’s still working, what could be improved and why yesterday’s success may no longer work in tomorrow’s world.

The following are some of the characteristics that I’ve found in successful leaders. In sum, they:

  • Exhibit professionalism, work ethics and integrity every day​
  • Exhibit leadership, regardless of their role in an organization
  • Embrace diversity and inclusion for all
  • Embrace freedom of expression for all
  • Embrace intercultural fluency
  • Employ critical thinking
  • Engage in civil discourse

Regardless of one’s chosen discipline, research from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows that these soft skills help students find more success in the workforce. More success in the workforce equals a greater impact on our communities, and an overall improved way of life for all. Ensuring that we educate students to be successful isn’t just part of who we are. It’s the beating heart of our existence.

— Mun