Everyone has the potential to be a real leader and the skills necessary to lead can be learned. This learning is not an end in itself; rather, leadership development is an on-going process. The skills developed through participation in Leadership Development training impact all aspects of a participant’s life and have application now and in the future. Leadership Development training extends learning beyond any formal environment, it should give participants an experiential outlet to practice leadership skills in real life settings.

Engaging students or employees in deliberate and focused leadership training allows them:

  • To create an environment which fosters significant out-of-class learning, focusing on building resourcefulness
  • To increase self-awareness and understanding of the relationship between a one’s individual leadership style and the environment in which they exercise it
  • To teach participants relevant and current theory that they may incorporate
  • To demonstrate that leadership is a necessary response to complex contemporary issues in the workplace, in the community and in the home

Ultimately, leadership development training activities would allow participants to better:

  • Communicate their ideas and values effectively
  • Think critically about issues facing leaders and followers
  • Make ethical decisions
  • Understand leadership theories
  • Assess group and individual needs in a host of environments
  • Identify and utilize resources effectively
  • Develop a further connection to their university and their peers
  • Celebrate the importance of diversity
  • Utilize a repertoire of interpersonal and leadership skills that will last them throughout their lives and careers