Note: The EMU LeaderShape program has been canceled for the 2018-2019 school year. We will instead be sending a delegation of students to the national LeaderShape session. More information will be available in the winter semester about how to apply for the national program delegation.

LeaderShape® Defines Leadership

Leadership involves living in a state of possibility, making a commitment to a vision, developing relationships to move the vision into action, and sustaining a high level of integrity. Effective leadership takes place in the context of a supportive community and results in positive change.

What exactly is LeaderShape®, Inc.?

LeaderShape®, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization committed to developing young adults to lead with integrity. The LeaderShape® Institute is an interactive, energizing, and unique experience that builds leadership skills no other program can match. For over 20 years, the LeaderShape® Institute has made a difference in the lives of more than 20,000 college students leadershape grouop2016from throughout the country. But be prepared! It is six days of non-stop self-discovery and learning from practical experiences that build your leadership concepts and abilities. It's go, go, go 12 hours a day...and you'll love it!

Is there a cost associated with participating?

There is a $100 fee to attend LeaderShape®. However, there is money available to help interested participants. The actual cost, per student, for this of the week-long experience is close to $600 and we ask that participants pay only $100 to show their commitment to participating in this experience. Campus Life pays for the rest! If you are selected to attend LeaderShape®, the $100 will be due when you attend one of the mandatory LeaderShape® participant meetings. The meeting dates and times you may choose from will be communicated to you.

All meetings will be held in the EMU Student Center. You only need to attend one of these meetings if selected to attend LeaderShape®.

How can I find funds to help pay for this experience? activity 2016

Many students find help paying their $100 fee for this experience in the following ways:

  • Ask the department or office where you work if they will sponsor your attendance by paying for this experience (many campus offices will do this, you just have to ask) 
  • Ask the department in which you major if they will sponsor your attendance by paying for this experience
  • Talk to Student Government - each year they pay for 10 students to attend LeaderShape
  • Ask a student organization you are active in if they will sponsor your attendance 
  • Talk to your family and friends and see if they can all pitch in a little to help pay
  • Start saving a little bit of money each week beginning now

What will I gain from the LeaderShape® experience?

You will be simultaneously exhilarated, exhausted, challenged and moved by the energy and creativity of approximately 60 of your peers from EMU. You will work with a team forming relationships that, in many cases, will become lifelong friendships. When you leave The LeaderShape Institute, the materials and insights gained will serve you both personally and professionally.

Do I need to have experience as a leader to participate in LeaderShape®? leadershape selfie

You do not need to have held any previous leadership roles or have experience as a leader to participate in LeaderShape®. Our participants vary from first-year students who are just getting their feet wet, to upperclass students who have been presidents of student organizations; the mixture of all types of experience makes for an excellent learning environment for all participants.

What are the outcomes of LeaderShape®?

The LeaderShape® Institute works to help participants achieve four primary outcomes:

  • To increase their commitment to acting consistently with core ethical values, personal values, and convictions.
  • To increase their capability to develop and enrich relationships as well as to increase their commitment to respecting the dignity and contribution of all people.
  • To embrace the belief in a healthy disregard for the impossible.
  • To develop the capability to produce extraordinary results.

From this experience, EMU LeaderShape® participants will also:

  • Learn to work in high-performance teams
  • Practice decision-making for ethical dilemmas
  • Learn to deal with change
  • Clarify personal values and standards
  • Understand and respect the values of others 

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