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The LeaderShape Institute

May 2020

The LeaderShape® Institute is an intensive experience that creates a community, that challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. The Institute weaves together concepts of community, inclusive leadership, vision, and integrity to help participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. It is an exciting, exhausting, and enriching experience. When you participate in LeaderShape®, you'll enjoy:

  • Transformational leadership skills – their capacity to build authentic relationships, inspire peers, adhere to broad ethical standards, and create sustainable change
  • Increased commitment and motivation to advocate for issues of social justice and social responsibility
  • Confidence in their ability to identify their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Confidence in their ability to become student leaders on campus and a commitment to become more engaged at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • More clearly defined long term and short term goals
  • Confidence in their ability to develop relationships with others who are different than them
  • Confidence in their ability to create a vision or ideal future for their community or organization
  • Connections with other Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student leaders
  • And so much more!

Consider joining over 40,000 graduates since 1986 of this amazing leadership program, including the likes of Brian Griese (NFL football player) and Larry Page (co-founder of Google).

Discover what it's really like! Visit the  National LeaderShape® website.

Watch a short video about the program here

The Mission of LeaderShape, Inc. 

To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

The Vision of LeaderShape, Inc.

A just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

Informational Sessions

Join us for an informational session to learn more about the LeaderShape® Institute.  These short informational sessions will provide you with information about the entire program, why you should apply to participate, and will provide you the opportunity to have any questions answered. 

Student Participants

Applications for the May 2020 session will go live in December 2019.

Important Details & Frequently Asked Questions


Transportation from campus, meals, activity materials, and sleeping accommodations will all be included. Thanks to funds from the Office of Student Affairs, we are able to provide all students with a fee waiver to attend the Institute for no charge. Students must attend an orientation session to be eligible for the fee waiver. Any student who fails to attend an orientation will be placed on the waitlist and replaced with a new participant.

Session dates and times

Information about specific dates and times for the 2020 Institute will go live in December 2019.

Who is the LeaderShape Institute for?

The curriculum was created for individuals who are committed to taking their leadership to the next level and who want to make a significant impact on campus, in their communities, and in the world.  Any SIUE undergraduate or graduate/professional student is welcome to apply!  The program is limited to 60 students.

How will we spend our time during the LeaderShape Institute?

Everything in the curriculum is anchored to four themes: community, inclusivity, integrity, and vision. Therefore the work that we do during the six days is tied, in some way, to these concepts. We participate in large group activities, in small group exercises, in conversation with one another, and in personal reflection. We set out to discover our most deeply held values and greatest passions and how they can come together to give our lives and work purpose. We learn how developing a vision and plan of action can create lasting change. We reflect on how our personal styles and life experiences influence our leadership and our relationships. Those who graduate from the Institute™ leave as an agent of positive change in the world.

How is LeaderShape different from any other leadership conference or training?

Everyone who attends the LeaderShape Institute engages in the same activities and contributes to the same conversations. While the involvement of the individual is honored and expected, everything during the Institute is approached with a sense of community. Everyone is viewed as a learner and as a teacher. This belief is evident as the community is created through the contributions of everyone at the Institute, with time spent in meaningful conversation serving as its foundation.

Unlike conferences, participants don’t only leave the six days with a few tips and ideas. Graduates of the Institute experience a breakthrough in their leadership capacity.

What should I expect once I am accepted to participate in the program?

Students who are accepted to participate in the LeaderShape Institute will be required to attend an orientation session. At this session we will cover all the details of departure and return times, dietary restrictions/needs, what to pack, rules, etc.  ALL students MUST attend an orientation or their placement will be forfeited. 

I need more information? Who can I contact?

To learn more about the LeaderShape Institute, contact Melinda Daniels or stop by the Kimmel Student Involvement Center. 

Kimmel Contact Information
Morris University Center
Main Level
Campus Box 1168
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1168

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(618) 650‑2686

(618) 650‑3517
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