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Leadership and Ethics Program

The EHS Leadership and Ethics Program is designed to support the final words of Episcopal's mission statement: "Episcopal strives to prepare young people to become discerning individuals with the intellectual and moral courage to lead principled lives of leadership and service to others." Through its curriculum, the Leadership and Ethics Program deepens the students' understanding of the many facets of leadership and helps them develop an ethical foundation for making important decisions. While many students serve the community through elected leadership positions, all students are introduced to the concept of servant leadership, which presents daily opportunities to positively affect the world around them.

Freshman and sophomore workshops focus on developing the students' understanding of what it means to live in a community as a responsible, empathetic, and productive citizen; the EHS Honor Code is a cornerstone theme in these discussions. Juniors and seniors devote their time and energy to developing the skills required to effectively lead teams of peers, learning how to make difficult ethical choices, and analyzing the many national and world leaders they are exposed to through the EHS Washington Program.

"All of our students, not just the elected leaders, work through the Leadership and Ethics Curriculum. We hope to debunk the stereotype that students must be loud and outgoing to be a leader," explains Mimi Schwanda, director of the program. "All students learn about themselves and tap into the ways that they can lead. At the same time, they develop their ethical compasses so that they can make tough decisions."

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  • FRESHMAN YEAR

    TEAMWORK AND UNDERSTANDING THE EHS HONOR CODE

    • Dependability and Citizenship
    • Your Impact on Others
    • Building Empathy
    • Honor Inside and Outside of the Classroom
  • SOPHOMORE YEAR

    COMMUNITY BUILDING AND OWNING THE EHS HONOR CODE

    • Fostering Inclusiveness
    • Strengthening Communication Skills
    • Improving Self-Awareness: Intent vs. Impact
    • Building a Community of Trust
  • JUNIOR YEAR

    STYLES OF LEADERSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING ETHICS

    • Servant Leadership
    • Opportunities for Leadership
    • Introduction to Ethics
    • Identifying and Ordering Values
  • SENIOR YEAR

    EXAMINING LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPING YOUR ETHICAL COMPASS

    • Types of Leadership
    • Evaluating Leaders
    • Right vs. Right Decision Making
    • Defining Moments in Leadership 

Alexander Block '17

The Leadership and Ethics program is dynamic and thoughtful, honest and challenging. It urges students to grapple with morality, integrity, and honor, and helps them sculpt their own leadership style by providing situations in which they are ethically and morally stimulated. This program has allowed me to understand, define, and refine my character, ultimately helping me construct an independent ethical compass and a bedrock leadership style.

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TRAINING: LEADERSHIP RETREAT

Each fall during opening weekend, about 70 student leaders gather for a leadership training retreat to receive formal training in skills such as team-building, communication, empathy, and mediation. The weekend concludes with each leadership group presenting its mission statements and goals for the year.

EXPERIENCE: LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Elected and volunteer leadership opportunities offer students a chance to affect and shape our campus community. Students take the lead as Monitors and Tour Guides; as members of the Honor Committee, Community Council, Student Athletics Advisory Council, Service Council, and Vestry;  and in multiple other roles serving a variety of student-run organizations. 
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