Established in 1994, the Social Change Model approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change. The Model was built upon the following assumptions:
• Leadership is socially responsible, it impacts change on behalf of others.
• Leadership is collaborative.
• Leadership is a process, not a position.
• Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people.
• Leadership is values-based.
• Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership.
The Model is sometimes called the 7Cs for Change because it espouses seven values of leadership that occur on three dimensions with the goal of positive social change. Each dimension interacts with one another as shown below.
The individual dimension consists of the values: consciousness of self, congruence, and commitment. The group dimensions consists of the values: common purpose, collaboration, and controversy with civility. Finally, the societal/community dimension consists of the value of citizenship. All of the values contribute to the ultimate goal of change.