Center for Leadership

Find your voice. Make a difference.

St. Luke’s mission is an exceptional education that inspires a deep love of learning, a strong moral compass, the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead. St. Luke's Center for Leadership (CFL) advances our mission by helping students develop exceptional leadership ability. 

Starting in fifth-grade, children begin to learn and practice what it means to be ethical and empathetic leaders. Year by year, through signature leadership experiences, their confidence to lead grows

The CFL helps students build skills that open the door to authentic leadership: effective speaking and listening, social and emotional agility, creative problem-solving and collaboration.

A Distinct Approach to Leadership

The CFL develops this ability through four leadership lenses: Design Mindset, Inclusive Ethos, Global Perspective, and Service Orientation. 

Jim Foley, Assistant Head of School for Leadership & Innovation

We want to inspire students to use their individual strengths and skills to care for their community and move it forward. Empathy is central to St. Luke's leadership."

Leadership Lab: "The Power of Brand"

The Center for Leadership creates Leadership Lab experiences for students. A recent example, The Power of Brand, brought students together with a team of Leadership Mentors. After learning branding fundamentals, students worked in teams to articulate their business concepts and develop a brand pitch—getting tips and feedback from Mentors along the way. In one student's words: "This was like the real world."

Learn more:   Leadership Lab   Power of Brand Parent Event  Lunch & Lead: Shazam CEO Rich Riley
Lunch & Lead: Former Nike Brand President Charlie Denson

Growing Skills & Confidence

Many students complete their formal education without ever learning leadership skills. St. Luke’s students begin learning leadership in 5th grade. As they move through school, students become clear and persuasive communicators, they learn that collaboration with diverse individuals yields powerful results, creativity trumps most challenges, and service offers us purpose and satisfaction.

More CFL Programs & Initiatives

St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.