Student Leader Digital Badges

The MRU Student Leader Digital Badging Program exists to allow individuals to showcase and market their accomplishments related to the university’s student leadership program and their specific leadership role(s). 

The program awards three student leader badges: Foundational, Intermediate and Advanced, each with their own criteria and skill tags.  Students earn badges by successfully completing reflections, taking on more senior and/or multiple leadership roles and by completing a voluntary capstone project.

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MRU Student Leader: Foundational

Badge Description:

The MRU Student Leadership: Foundational badge is awarded to student leaders who have demonstrated understanding and behavioral competencies of Kouzes and Posner (2018) Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. They have learned that by aligning behaviors and values, they are setting an example for others. These student leaders have involved others in the creation of common goals while also empowering students to engage in positive and productive risk-taking and critical and creative thinking. They know how to encourage others to reach their potential through teamwork and in doing so, have strengthened Mount Royal University’s community. 

Badge Criteria:

  • Completed training in the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Completed a self-reflection on each of the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Demonstrated competency in putting the 5 Practices into action in their role as a student leader 
  • Met the role specific criteria for at least one leadership program offered at MRU


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MRU Student Leader: Intermediate

Badge Description:

The MRU Student Leadership: Intermediate badge is awarded to student leaders who have further demonstrated their application of living Kouzes and Posner (2018) Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. These student leaders have exhibited and modelled their commitment to: setting the example by aligning actions with shared values,enlisting others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations, experimenting and taking risks by consistently generating small wins and learning from experience, fostering collaboration by building trust and facilitating relationships and celebrating their values and victories by creating a spirit of community within Mount Royal University.

Badge Criteria: 

  • Awarded the MRU Student Leader: Foundational badge
  • Completed a self-reflection on each of the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in putting the 5 Practices into action in their role as a student leader 
  • Have participated in and met the program criteria in two leadership programs or have completed a second year in a student leadership program
  • Co-facilitated training for new student leaders on the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership (if applicable)
  • Engaged in additional leadership development opportunities within their student leader program role (if applicable)


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MRU Student Leader: Advanced

Badge Description:

The MRU Student Leadership: Advanced badge is awarded to student leaders who have synthesized their knowledge and experience with Kouzes and Posner (2018) Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership through a capstone project aimed at producing positive change within the MRU community. Earners of this badge have had to recognize a problem/issue and submit a proposal detailing a plan and the leadership skills necessary to address the challenge. With critical thinking and creativity the student leaders have worked to implement solutions to address the challenge and assess the impact. 

Badge Criteria:

  • Completion of Foundational and Intermediate badges (prerequisite)
  • Connected the practice of the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership to a project designed to produce positive change within the MRU Community
  • Successful completion of an approved capstone project* (distinct from any program/course assignment)
  • Presented or shared final capstone project with a wider audience (MRU community/industry partners/MRU student leaders)
 
Note: The Advanced badge is not available until the 2021-2022 academic year.

 

Reference

Kouzes, J.M., & Posner, B.Z. (2018). The student leadership challenge: Five practices for becoming an exemplary leader (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

 

Contact information

For more about this digital credential, contact your program coordinator. If you are not a current participant in a student leader program, check out our student leadership opportunities page.