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Leadership skills, both personally and professionally are an imperative in today’s society. The knowledge worker of the 21st century must: understand the difference between leadership and management; possess the ability to handle inevitable change; comprehend and apply the concept of leadership and followership, and know him/her first in order to effectively lead. According to Warren Bennis, in his classic book, On Becoming a Leader (1989), the manager does things right, the leader does the right thing. 

Peter Drucker emphasizes that the need for personal integrity is integral to all leaders.  His personal philosophy of ethics was to do what is right and in all cases, do no harm. Drucker believed that leaders need to be able to pass the mirror test, as the person that you want to see, when you look in the mirror every morning.

Leaders can be born with innate qualities, while other leaders can be developed. In addition, managers and leaders are not synonymous. Organizations today are in desperate need of ethical leaders who are visionaries and can effect positive change.

Our mission for the School of Business is to actively engage students in a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities, in order to begin to develop their leadership potential experientially through leadership roles, activities, and application. Some examples are listed below:

  • Partnership with the Center for Student Development and Leadership, including diversity training
  • Activities at the Leadership Reaction Course
  • Organizational Behavior course is a required course for all majors
  • Organizational Leadership course is a management elective
  • Multiple self-reflection exercises including the Kouzes and Posner, Leadership Profile Inventory and personality profiling
  • Leadership case studies
  • Book reviews from current authors
  • Leadership service learning
  • Audio and video from historic and present leaders
  • Speakers

Accredited Programs:
BSBA in Accounting, BSBA in Economics, BSBA in Finance, BSBA in Management, BSBA in Marketing
Candidates for accreditation:
BSBA in Sustainable Management, MBA

Orvis receives President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Bruce Orvis, associate professor in Slippery Rock University’s School of Business, was honored Saturday as the 2013-14 recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as part of the University’s annual Academic Honors Convocation.

SRU cited as a Best Regional University by U.S. News
Slippery Rock University has again been included in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges with a “Best Regional University - North” ranking.

SRU Alpha Kappa Psi honorary earns ‘Chapter of Year’ award
The Slippery Rock University chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, Iota Upsilon, was named a “Chapter of the Year” award recipient for its accomplishments during the 2013-14 year.

Alpha Kappa Psi is a co-ed, professional business fraternity with more than 220 chapters on college campuses across the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Delta Mu Delta outstanding student
Ms. Abby Schon, a member of the newly established business honorary, has been selected by the Delta Mu Delta central office as the regional outstanding student of business.



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The School of Business

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Phone: 724.738.4865
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