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Core Values


Students excel and prosper in the workplace of the twenty-first century


The mission of the Business Leadership Center is to foster leadership development through intellectual stimulation in the classroom, interaction with successful business leaders, and participation in leadership roles throughout the Virginia Tech community and beyond.

Core Values

Founded on Virginia Tech’s motto Ut Prosim (“that I may serve”) and Aspirations for Student Learning (curiosity, self-understanding and integrity, civility, courageous leadership, and Ut Prosim), the Business Leadership Center’s core values are:

  • Adaptive Leadership: Actively explore strengths and needs of individual followers to help them be the best team member they can be
  • Excellence: Envision a better future and make decisions to accomplish goals within context and environment
  • Ethics & Integrity: Understand self and organizational values to drive decision making and behaviors
  • Collaborative Teamwork: Foster an inclusive community through positive intercultural communication
  • Creativity & Innovation: Challenge assumptions by being curious, asking questions, and embracing ambiguity
  • Critical Analysis: Question and review to ensure your organization is being as effective as it can be


We accomplish our mission by providing leadership development through:

  • Pathways Minor in Organizational Leadership
  • Pamplin Leadership Academy
  • Pamplin Leadership Development Team
  • Annual Pamplin Student Leadership Conference
  • Caught in the Act of Leadership Scholarship
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Research