Central Michigan University's Leadership Standards Initiative (LSI)

Here at CMU, we do great things with great people.

Organizational culture can change over time, particularly in the absence of deliberate and conscious direction. Current employees may leave or retire, taking with them accumulated knowledge and history that has helped shape our unique culture, and new employees join CMU w ith their own accumulated history and ways of doing things.

Changes bring new opportunities and new challenges. To preserve the high-caliber leadership expectations defined by CMU's core and service values, the university must inspire those same values within the staff and faculty of today. The ultimate result of strengthening and preserving this leadership culture at CMU will be an improved student experience.  

In 2013, CMU's human resources department approached the university's executive leadership team with a proposal to develop a common set of desired leadership expectations. These were integrated into the CMU culture as the Leadership Standards Initiative; a formal, cohesive framework intended to help CMU maintain its high-quality leadership culture through:

  • Building upon CMU's core values of integrity, respect, compassion, inclusiveness, social responsibility, excellence and innovation.
  • Supporting strategic priority of hiring, maintaining and developing quality faculty and staff.
  • Establishing clear, consistent and transparent leadership expectations across campus to preserve and strengthen CMU's culture of collaboration, excellence and leadership.

To continue improving the student experience and delivering on CMU's mission, we want to focus on strengthening and preserving the leadership culture at this great school. The Leadership Standards Initiative will result in more engaged and satisfied employees who will impact student recruitment and retention, as well as alumni and community relationships.

Central Michigan University Leadership Standards

Team Building

Develops a collaborative and supportive team through trust, being approachable, celebrating success and developing team members.

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Thoughtful, Open Communicators

Solicits information from many sources, listens well, and disseminates information in a clear, concise, and timely fashion.

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Service-Oriented

Caring, compassionate and responsive, providing the best possible service for internal and external constituents alike.

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Proactive, Responsible, and Accountable

Takes responsibility for own actions, holds others accountable for theirs, takes on challenges, and promotes innovation.

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Courageous and Effective

Takes stands, handles conflict well, uses goals for direction, and is open to change and to others' ideas.

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Focused on Students and Passionate about CMU

Speaks well of CMU, believes in its positive impact in the lives of students and beyond, and prioritizes the university's and students' needs.

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