LEAD Competencies Video Series

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Leadership is a collection of skills and abilities that you will spend your lifetime developing and refining. Purdue has defined a set of competencies for you to use as a roadmap to your leadership and professional development pathway. There are countless ways for you to create your own experience and build your own path on campus.

In this video series, you can listen to Purdue alumni share their experiences and how they developed and continue to utilize these competencies in their careers and lives beyond their time on campus. This project is an ongoing collaboration between Purdue Honors College and the Roger C. Stewart Leadership & Professional Development Department, so check back frequently for new videos.

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Communication     |     Intrapersonal Awareness & Development

Interpersonal Skills & Intercultural Knowledge   |   Ways of Thinking


Verbal/Sign Communication

Trevor Peters, 2017 Brian Lamb School of Communication alumnus discusses his use of verbal communication every day as a television news reporter. He is a former member of Purdue Varsity, Glee Club, Mortar Board, and the Purdue Foundation Student Board.

Listening & Observing

Allison Eagan, College of Agriculture and Honors College alumna discusses her use of listening and observing. She is a former member of Purdue Student Sustainability Council, Purdue Student Government, and a former Honors College Mentor.

Summarize & Distill Information

Eren Bozbag, 2017 College of Engineering alumnus discusses his use of summarizing and distilling information. He is a former member of Mortar Board, Old Masters, and Purdue Foundation.

Nonverbal Communication

Jackie Christon earned a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Minor in Design and Innovation with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. She shares how nonverbal communication allows her to create a welcoming and productive environment for her team.

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Self-Awareness (Intrapersonal Awareness & Development)


Claire Lee, 2018 Purdue Honors College alumna and 2021 University of Chicago Law School graduate, explains why she believes that self-understanding helped her find her best path and success at Purdue. She is a former member of the Honors Mentor Program, Mortar Board, and Old Masters.


Madison Long, 2017 Krannert School of Management alumna discusses her use of resiliency. She is a former member of Mortar Board, Krannert's Business Opportunity Program, and Purdue Student Government.

Continuous Learning

Adam Watkins, 2013 College of Liberal Arts alumnus discusses his use of continuous learning. He is a former member of GradSea and the Honors Mentor Program.

Initiative & Follow Through

Ashley Evans, 2018 College of Engineering alumna discusses her use of initiative and follow through. She is a former member of Purdue Women's Volleyball, Boiler Athletic Council, and BoilerMakerWish.


Joe Rust, 2014 College of Agriculture alumnus, discusses his use of resiliency. He is a former member of Purdue Student Government, Purdue Foundation Student Board, Purdue Ag Week, and Mortar Board.

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Collaboration (Interpersonal Skills & Intercultural Knowledge)

Organizational Behavior & Teamwork

Kennedy Clark, 2017 College of Science and Honors College alumna discusses her use of organizational behavior & teamwork. She is a former member of the Honors Mentor Program, BoilerMENTORS, and the Purdue Anthropology Society (PAST).

Service & Social Responsibility

Sabrina Mosimann, 2018 College of Agriculture alumna discusses her use of service and social responsibility. She is a former member of the Honors Mentor Program, Purdue Student Farm Association, and a former Resident Assistant at Windsor Hall.

Helping Others & Working Together

Sahej Bains, 2018 College of Science alumna discusses her use of helping others & working together. She is a former member of the Honors Leadership Council, Honors Mentors Council, AMSA, and a former Biology Ambassador.

Appropriate and Productive Relationships

Nelyan López Pérez, a 2019 graduate of the College of Engineering doctoral program, describes how to foster productive relationships that will shape one’s career. At Purdue, she was involved in the Graduate Women in Engineering Network and the Materials Science Engineering Graduate Student Association.

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Ways of Thinking

Reflection & Analytical Reasoning

Abhi Balaji shares his value of reflection and analytical reasoning - how it has helped him to develop professionally, and evaluate his decision making and problem solving. He is a former member of the Purdue Polytechnic Ambassadors Program, the Association of Information Technology Professionals, and Mortar Board.

Ethics & Ethical Behavior

Isaac Tipton, 2012 College of Engineering alumnus discusses his use of ethics and ethical behavior. He was a Resident Assistant at First Street Towers, and participated the Engineering Term Abroad (part of GEARE).

Decision-Making & Problem-Solving

Dr. Richard Wien, 1967 College of Science alumnus discusses his use of decision-making and problem-solving. During his time at Purdue, Dr. Wien was a member of Student Government, Old Masters, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Alpha Phi Omega.

Idea Generation

Kenneth Tan explains how idea generation has ben central to his professional success in supply chain management. A 2014 College of Science graduate, he was also a resident assistant, a member of Mortar Board, and President of the Purdue Malaysian Students Association.

Systems Thinking & Planning

Bri Meyer, 2020 College of Engineering and Honors College alumna with a MS in AAE, explores the significance of systems thinking & planning in her experiences at Purdue and at the Edwards Air Force Base. She is a former member of the Honors Mentor Program, Women in Aerospace, and Purdue Contemporary Dance Company.

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