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Leadership Development

According to research by Kouzes & Posner (The Truth About Leadership, 2010) the best leaders really are the best learners.  We are committed to equipping every student to be successful in the classroom and as a leader on our campus and in the world.  Every freshman student at ETBU takes learning and leading (LEAD 1111) as a part of our commitment to empowering you as a leader.

Students in Learning and Leading are equipped to:

  • Serve as Christian leaders in the community
  • Build the character necessary for credibility in leadership
  • Enhance their skills for leadership
Leadership Development FAQs

How can I check to see how many hours I've served?

Log into your Time Station by visiting

What's my Time Station password?

The first time you log in to Time Station, you'll use the 'forgot password' link. You can then reset your password to a password of your choice using the link that will be sent to your Tigermail account.

How do I know where to serve?

If you are in a Learning and Leading section in the fall semester, you must serve in Marshall ISD. You will serve in this school during your freshmen year (fall and spring semester). If you are not in Learning and Leading, you can serve in MISD or with a local community partner.

ETBU Foundational Assumptions for Leadership

At ETBU, we consider carefully the way we build courses and programs in leadership. We use the following foundational assumptions to guide our programming.

Leadership is action not position.  We believe that individuals don’t have to have a title or position in order to lead.  Neither does having a position necessarily make you a leader.  

All leadership is relational.  You cannot lead without making a connection with people.  You may have a formal relationship, but without a personal connection most people won’t listen or follow.

There is a pervasive need for leaders. We need leaders in schools, hospitals, businesses, families, government, communities and churches.  

Leadership can be learned. Some people may have a certain set of gifts or experiences that naturally assist them in leading, but the skills and practices needed for leadership can be learned. It may not be easy, but leadership can be learned.

Leadership is not limited to the few.  There will always be a limited number of positions, but anyone who is willing to learn and apply leadership skills can lead wherever they are.

Leadership is not formulaic… There is no magic formula for leadership.  Leadership must take into account the personality, gifts, and skills of the individual as well as the culture, setting, and community in which the individual leads.

…but there are some timeless truths. While leadership can’t be boiled down to a simple formula, there are some timeless truths which can be applied in all leadership situations.

Leadership should be virtuous. Leadership should always bring us toward a good, better, or desired end.

Leaders are self aware. Leaders must understand themselves: their gifts, skills, strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures.  This self awareness leads them to their unique approach to leadership and to better understanding others.

Leadership is a journey rather than a destination.  Leaders never arrive.  They are always learning, growing, and developing.

Contact Information

Shelby Thomas
Learning & Leading Coordinator
Marshall Hall Suite 301 | 903.923.2375