The Rufus M. Jones Institute for Leadership is Haverford College's leadership development program. In accordance with the mission of the College, the program will encourage students to utilize the diverse resources on-campus, in the surrounding communities, and around the world to build the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to become positive change agents in our increasingly global society.
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Rufus Jones on Leadership
"There has been a curious and yet widespread tendency manifested to confuse unity with conformity. They are totally different. The former is of the highest importance... Uniformity, on the other hand, is disastrous, even deadly. It levels down instead of up. It cramps and compels the mind…Social progress is not inevitable. It is not like an escalator, the moving staircase, which goes steadily on and carries the climber upward whether he walks or not...We cannot be persons without being woven into a social group, and, alas, the group to which we belong is not on an escalator. If it goes upwards, it will be because some of us who belong to it take the risk of practicing a forward-looking vision; because we are ready to make hard sacrifices for a truth that has broken in our souls…Visions of advance are things to be done, not to be easily talked about. They are ways of living, not dreams of a sleeper."
From "Building the Kingdom," by Rufus Jones
Class of 1885 and Professor of Philosophy, Haverford College
Courtesy of the Haverford College Office of Academic Resources