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LeaderShape General Information

What is KU LeaderShape Institute?

A highly interactive and energizing leadership enhancement experience that provides participants with the tools:

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

Who can attend?

Any enrolled KU student, undergraduate or graduate, who would like to learn more about themselves and how they can make a difference in their community. The program is limited to 60 participants.


The LeaderShape Institute takes place Tuesday- Sunday the week immediately preceding the Spring semester.


Transportation will take you to Tall Oaks Conference Center where you will stay for the duration of the program.

What is the Cost?

It cost nothing to apply but thanks to the support of the people listed below, (if selected) your cost is only $50.00 for the entire week. This includes lodging, food, transportation, and all program materials.

  • Student Union Activities-Memorial Union Programs
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Department of Student Housing
  • Memorial Unions
  • Nichols League of Former Student Leaders
  • Student Involvement & Leadership Center
  • Coca-Cola

How will LeaderShape impact your world?

It's the beginning of a process that you'll keep and use for the rest of your life as you identify the values and principles that guide you. You'll learn that leadership is a process we define as making a commitment to a vision, developing relationships to bring the vision into reality and sustaining a high level of integrity. Effective leadership produces results and exceptional improvements.

You'll learn about:

  • Working in high-performing teams.
  • Dealing with change and chaos.
  • Producing extraordinary results.
  • Decision-making for ethical dilemmas.
  • Clarifying personal values and standards.
  • Understanding and respecting the values of others.

Institute Themes:

  • Day One: Building Communities
  • Day Two: The Value of One, The Power of All
  • Day Three: Challenging What is, Looking to What Could Be
  • Day Four: Bringing Vision to Reality
  • Day Five: Living and Leading with Integrity
  • Day Six: Staying in Action

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