Leadership Development Program

Start Your Path to Leadership

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides 10 foundational workshops that are designed to engage and prepare new leaders. Students also have the option to earn a Leadership Certificate by engaging in a mentor relationship and leadership experience, and completing the foundations workshops and a reflection paper.  There are also some stand-alone, one-time workshops offerings that are designed to provide a quick overview of a single leadership topic.

What students gain?

  • Students are inspired to see themselves as leaders.
  • Students are guided in developing their leadership potential.
  • Students are engaged in a self-exploration of their strengths.
  • Students are empowered to make a positive difference on campus and in their communities

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Registration is required.  Foundation courses are designed to be taken in order, therefore students are asked to commit to taking one of the scheduled paths.  By completing the foundation courses, students are well on the way to earning their Leadership Certificate.


Please follow these directions carefully to register for your selected path of nine foundation workshops.

Please direct questions to leadandengage-LDP@ncsu.edu.


The nine Spring foundation workshops towards the Leadership Certificate are offered on the following dates:
(Please note: By registering, you are committing to taking all nine foundation workshops scheduled in that path. Most of the workshops are held in Talley Student Union, with a couple in Witherspoon. Specific room numbers are available when registering.)

FALL 2019
Path 1: Weekly on Tuesdays, 6p–8p
9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 OIED workshop participant selects

Path 2: Weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30p–6:30p
9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 OIED workshop participant selects

Path 3: Weekly on Tuesdays, 6p–8p
1/7/2020, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 OIED workshop participant selects

Path 4: Weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30p–6:30p
1/8/2020, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/18 OIED workshop participant selects

For One-Time Workshop registration (separate from the certificate), please scroll to the bottom of the LDP webpage.


1. Introduction to Leadership

  • Students will learn about the Leadership Development Program requirements and build community with those they will be taking courses with. There will also an overview of the fundamentals of leadership, a historical overview of leadership theories, and an introduction to the Relational Leadership Model.

2. Personal Values

  • Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values and when you make plans and decisions to honor them. In this session, you will understand the importance of values and how as a leader you can use them.

3. Leading with Your Strengths

  • The key to personal development is to fully understand how to apply your greatest talents and strengths in your everyday life. To be an effective leader, you must be aware of your own strengths as well as those around you. Through this session, you will be able to discover and explore your own top five talent themes from your Clifton Strengths profile and appreciate the differing talents of others.

4. Ethical Decision Making

  • When ethical dilemmas arise, a natural tendency is to react too quickly to resolve the issue or pretend we didn’t notice.  A necessary and vital component of leadership is the ability to make tough decisions for the greater good of the group by engaging in a process that includes intentional reflection before action. In this session we will focus on the importance of ethical decision making and the impact these decisions have on providing effective leadership.  Student leaders will learn how to apply practical tools to handle moral dilemmas when there appears to be no clear right answer.

5. Strategic Communication

  • Every team or organization needs a strong vision and mission statement to set the foundation and tone for shared goals.  Through this session, learn how to develop a vision and mission statement that connects to shared goals,  and how to establish a strategic communication plan that will allow your organization to grow stronger internally and communicate your purpose externally.

6. Team Development

  • Learn how to make the most of working with a team.  We’ll help you discover how to capitalize on the strengths of your teammates and how to motivate groups around a shared sense of ownership and mission. We’ll explore common phases of team development and how to prepare for each and keep your team moving forward.

7. Leading in a Diverse Environment

  • Incorporating components of the Relational Leadership Model, this session will help participants explore their own privilege, and how privilege and power have implications in the leadership process.  Participants will undergo self-assessment and engage in dialogue with one another about the elements of privilege, power, cultural competence, inclusion, and social justice.  Students will explore how these concepts can be positively applied to their own leadership journey.

8. Understanding & Facilitating Change

  • In this session, students will learn the skills and practices necessary to adapt to organizational change as well as navigating the complex process to facilitate change within the organization. Students will learn the process of the Change Curve as well as understand the principles of Kotter’s Change Model.

9. Personal Leadership Philosophy

(All foundation classes must be completed prior to taking this workshop.)

  • In this session you will culminate your experience by creating your own personal leadership philosophy. A leadership philosophy is the product of discerning your core values, turning those values into operating principles, and integrating those operating principles into a coherent statement of how you intend to lead in life.

10. Equity & Diversity Course (in addition to path)

Choose one workshop outside of your comfort zone or that you are least knowledgeable about. Students register in Reporter (outside of their foundation path) for one course through the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.  Please follow these directions to register for this course requirement.


Leadership Certificate

10 Foundation Courses + Leadership Experience + Reflection = Leadership Certificate

Leadership is a lifelong journey, and the best leaders are committed to ongoing learning.  The 10 Foundation Courses are designed to inspire students to view themselves as leaders and encourage them to commit to the ongoing development of their leadership skills.  The Leadership Certificate recognizes students who practice their new leadership knowledge in a hands-on experience and continually reflect on their actions and areas for growth.

Requirements for the Leadership Certificate:

  1. Complete all 10 Leadership Development Program Foundation Courses (9 courses through LDP program + 1 equity & diversity course through campus partner)
  2. Engage in an on-going leadership experience (positional or non-positional) & Submit a learning agreement signed by a supervisor or mentor within the leadership experience (Students are expected to identify a mentor.)
  3. Complete a reflection paper that shows how through the leadership experience the student has applied their course learning.  Students will be expected to share how they’ve begun using intentional processes to lead with purpose, while being inclusive, ethical, and empowering.  Student will receive reflection question prompts during the Introduction to Leadership workshop.

If you are interested in receiving additional information about the Leadership Certificate, please submit your information here.

One-Time Commitments

One-time commitment, stand-alone workshops offerings are designed to provide a quick overview of a single leadership topic. They are not part of the certificate program. Each workshop is two hours in length.  2019-2020 dates will be released for registration in August.  Past workshop topics are below.

Working with Difficult People

  • This interactive workshop will assist students in identifying behaviors that inhibit groups and organizations from working successfully. But more importantly, students will walk out with techniques and tips for keeping their professional manner intact and their organization running smoothly.
  • Presenter: Dr. Jackie Bruce, Associate Professor of Agricultural & Human Science

True Colors: Communication Styles in Leadership

  • True Colors is a personality and communication styles inventory that will help you improve your leadership skills. Come learn not only how you can best communicate with others, but also how to prevent communication breakdowns from happening in the first place! Learn how to best lead your diverse group of team members and valuable skills for increasing communication across all members!
  • Presenter: Katy Weilbrenner, Community Director of Wolf Ridge Apartments

C, D, E, F: Management Tools for Success

  • This workshop will aid in providing information for the professional development and growth of student leaders. Communication, Documentation and Empowerment are key factors that are used in managing staff towards a successful organization. The goal of this workshop is to provide management tools while empowering attendees to reach their potential as leaders. A vast amount of tools and methods are available in reaching one’s potential and this workshop will focus on simplistic but vital tools used to become successful.
  • Presenter: Ada Baldwin, Director of University Housekeeping

Leadership Tools for Women

  • This interactive workshop examines what women have learned about themselves as leaders. Students will learn how to apply their strengths, negotiate rough spots, and develop leadership skills.
  • Presenter: Brooke Bailey Peters, Visitors Relation Specialists at Hunt Library

Engaging in Discourse & Making Difficult Decisions

  • In a leadership role, it is necessary to make difficult decisions and engage in divisive issues. This workshop will provide a practical approach to exploring multiple perspectives in order to make informed decisions. Students will explore practical decision-making tools and understand how to frame positions around divisive topics.
  • Presenter: Tom Hardiman, Director of Office of Student Conduct

Beyond Bubblebaths: Self-Care as Critical Leadership Competency

  • Self-care has become a trendy buzzword associated with cute catchphrases like, ‘Treat Yo’Self!’ However, self-care is a much more nuanced–and much more difficult–skill to develop and utilize. This session will explore an expanded understanding of purposeful self-care in order to connect its practice to sustaining healthy, values-driven leadership.
  • Presenter: Dr. Anna Patton, Director of Impact Leadership Village

Language & Leadership

  • An ability to work effectively with diverse populations is critical for successful leaders. However, we often overlook language as an element of diversity, and it shapes every interaction that we have as leaders and teammates.  Language use is socially stratified and can intersect with race/ethnicity, gender, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and other elements that shape our identities and how we interact with others. In this interactive workshop, we discuss language as a critical element of diversity through teaching about dialects of North Carolina and addressing common myths/truths about language/dialects and the people who speak them.
  • Presenter: Dr. Stephany Dunstan, Associate Director, DASA Office of Assessment

Navigating Ethics, Leadership, and Sustainability

  • The interactive workshop explores the intersectionalities of leadership, sustainability and ethics. We will evaluate the paradoxes of ethics, map out the sustainable impact of the decision-making process and practice effective communication strategies. Students will learn to identify the key skills needed to traverse difficult and uncomfortable situations. We will also discuss consequences of professional and unprofessional behavior with social, environmental and economic themes.
  • Presenter: Oppong Hemeng, Sustainability Program Specialist

Requests for reasonable accommodations can be submitted to leadandengage@ncsu.edu
For additional information about the Leadership Development Program, please email leadandengage-LDP@ncsu.edu