Purposeful Leadership Initiative

The Purposeful Leadership Initiative is an integrated education, research, and outreach enterprise that aims to positively affect the approaches to leadership. The initiative is also designed to recognize and celebrate leaders in the community who practice purposeful leadership.

What Is Purposeful Leadership?

These resources can help you understand some of the key aspects of purposeful leadership and why it’s an increasingly important part of modern business education.

Introduction to Purposeful Leadership – Talk

What are the principles of purposeful leadership and the arc of purposeful leadership? In this talk, you can learn the difference between the concepts of doing things right and doing the right thing.

Leadership in Turbulent Times – Webinar

How do the principles of purposeful leadership apply within a crisis environment? What can you do for yourself, your team, your company, and your community to demonstrate purposeful leadership?

The Arc of Purposeful Leadership – Leader to Leader Article

What is the arc of purposeful leadership, and how does it represent levels of purpose ranging from self‐management and team management to organizational strategy and societal responsibilities?

Thomas Horan headshot“Purposeful leadership addresses the critical role leaders play in ensuring that organizations deliver value to customers in an effective, data-driven, meaningful, ethical, and socially responsible manner.”

Thomas Horan
H. Jess and Donna Colton Senecal Endowed Dean, University of Redlands School of Business & Society


21st Century Leadership Speaker Series

The University of Redlands 21st Century Leadership Speaker Series shares the inspiring stories of notable leaders and their purposeful leadership styles.

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL)

As a 21st century leader, learning how to understand leadership challenges and lead with purpose will be necessary to lay the foundation for your success.

Redlands Alumni Are Leading with Purpose.

Headshot of Michel MooreMichel Moore ’93, ’99
Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department (retired 2024)

Headshot of Shanice McKinleyShanice McKinley ’10
Agent, Farmers Insurance / President, Miss Compton Pageant / President, Filling the Lack Inc. (community nonprofit)

Headshot of Howard EisenHoward Eisen ’12
Chief Engineer, Planetary Science Directorate for Solar System Exploration / Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory