The Office of Leadership Development started with the Student Leadership Challenge program, launched in the Fall of 2005 by a committee of university administrators. The Student Leadership Challenge Planning Committee reviewed numerous leadership development theories before selecting Kouzes and Posner’s (2007) The Leadership Challenge as a foundation. Using the LC as a highly-praised framework, the committee developed a Leadership Diamond Points system and seven components that comprise The Challenge. The parts intentionally allowed students to learn and practice leadership through a variety of formats.
In order to offer an even more comprehensive leadership development program that utilizes multiple leadership frameworks for students, the Student Leadership Challenge program evolved into the Office of Leadership Development in August 2009. This transition launched the new Diamond Leaders program and an increased emphasis on applying academic connections to leadership education in and outside the classroom. As The Challenge grew in both participant numbers and programs offered, staffing needs followed. During the 2008-2009 school year a full-time program director and part-time graduate extern served as the key coordinators of The Challenge. Additionally, the Planning Committee evolved into an Advisory Council, coordinating new initiatives such as the Leadership Living Learning Community.
In August of 2015, the department launched a multi-tiered leadership program to provide engagement throughout the college experience. Students enrolled in the new Temple University Diamond Leadership Program (DLP) have the opportunity to get involved in differing levels of leadership development. Components and elements of the Social Change Model and the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are incorporated into the department’s philosophy, program selection, and assessment plan. Additionally, the StrengthsQuest program grew from one-time use during the Fall semester to various workshop and seminar offerings throughout the year.