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REGISTER HERE  fir the 2012 LeaderShape Catalyst Program!

Can You Learn to Change the World in Six Days?

We believe that you can! Within every leader lies an extraordinary vision for the future. At the LeaderShape Institute through interactive group activities, simulations and dialogue; this program will provide insight to act in consideration of ethical values, develop meaningful relationships and lead with integrity. More importantly, during the LeaderShape Institute participants will develop a plan for meaningful change in whatever community they wish to positively affect.

Since its inception in 1986, The LeaderShape Institute has developed a national reputation as one of the premier leadership development programs for young adults. Over 20,000 young people from more than 500 colleges, universities, corporations and organizations across America have graduated from the program. The national LeaderShape Institute is highly regarded as an intensive and energizing six-day program which is open to any participant, institution or work-place interested in producing extraordinary results in an organization while also developing a commitment to lead with integrity.

The institute curriculum is centered on the philosophy of “leading with integrity.” The curriculum is a building block program with a focus for each of the six days. The daily focus areas are as follows:

  • Day 1: "Building Community”
  • Day 2: "The Value of One, The Power of All"
  • Day 3: "Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be"
  • Day 4: "Bringing the Vision to Reality"
  • Day 5: "Leading With Integrity"
  • Day 6: "Staying In Action"

The Mission of LeaderShape, Inc.

To offer the highest quality state-of-the-art leadership programs focused primarily on young men and women in all settings of The LeaderShape Institute; to facilitate their application through follow-up advisory support to participants and sponsors; and to be a catalyst in expanding leadership programs centered on leading with integrity to new audiences. We will have succeeded when graduates of LeaderShape programs improve the quality of their respective organizations and environments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is LeaderShape?

The LeaderShape Institute has been evaluated by the Kellogg Foundation and reported to be one of the top leadership training programs in the country. Established in 1986, LeaderShape has trained more than 20,000 young adults from over 500 different colleges, universities, corporations, and organizations across the country and abroad. If you would like more facts about this non-profit corporation, you may visit LeaderShape's website at:  

When Does LeaderShape Take Place?

How Much Does LeaderShape Cost?
Free! The Office for Student Involvement will pay for the four students who are selected to attend.

What Is The Criteria?
To be considered for selection, each candidate must fill out an application through the Office of Student Involvement. Check back for details regarding the application release date.

What is a Vision?
Visions are simply mental pictures of what we want to create for the future. They reflect what we care most about, and they are consistent with our values and passions. Visions start with what is important to us and what we think should be done in an area that we care about. Visions can relate to organizations, businesses, issues, communities, universities, or any arena in which we want to put energy and time.

The two compelling questions for vision development should always be:

  1. What do I care about and want to focus on?
  2. What could the future look like (for my issue, community, organization, etc.) if I could have it any way I wanted?

What will I learn?

  • To lead with integrity
  • To create a vision
  • To evaluate personal strengths and challenges
  • To communicate with care and impact
  • How to utilize ethics and values in decision-making

"Leadershape changed my outlook on life. It helped me overcome a lot of personal hardships and provided me with friends that understood exactly what I was going through, no matter what the cause; The program developed me as a leader and as a person."
                                         - Ciara Winslow FGCU Senior


"Leadershape helped me shape an image of the future that I want to be a part of and really allowed me to find out who I am as a young leader. Leadershape also allowed me to break down the mental barriers that were inhibiting me from realizing my full potential as an active and compassionate person. Never before have I got to know a group of complete strangers so well in such a short period of time. I developed a family at Leadershape; a family of mutual respect and appreciation. It was an experience that I'll never forget and never regret."

                                       - Tyler Offerman FGCU Senior

For more information, contact:
Meghan Sweeney, Coordinator for Leadership Development at or 239-590-7728, or visit the LeaderShape website at