Leadership Development Program

Start Your Path to Leadership

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides foundational workshops and advanced paths.  The 10 foundational workshops are designed to engage and prepare new leaders. Students also have the option to earn a Leadership Certificate by completing the Foundations, a leadership experience, 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.

View the program pamphlet online

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.  It is strongly recommended that the foundation courses are taken in order, and that students commit to taking one of the scheduled paths.  By completing the foundation courses, students are well on the way to earning their Leadership Certificate.


The nine 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.)

Path 1: Weekly on Thursdays, 6p-7:45p
9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8

Path 2: Weekly on Wednesdays, 4:30p-6:15p
9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14

Path 3: Weekly on Wednesdays, 6p–7:45p
1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20

Path 4: Weekly on Thursdays, 4:30p–615p
1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28

For One-Time Workshop registration, please scroll to the bottom of the LDP webpage.


1. Introduction to Leadership

  • This interactive workshop provides the basic fundamentals of leadership.  Participants will explore the ideal qualities that leaders embody in addition to learning a historical overview of leadership theories.

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. Equity & Diversity Course

Choose one workshop outside of your comfort zone or that you are least knowledgeable about. Students register in Reporter through the partner (outside of their foundation path) for one course from the approved courses. Below are approved opportunities:

9. 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.

10. 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.

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
  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 after the Personal Leadership Philosophy workshop.

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

One-Time Workshops

Stand-alone, one time workshops offerings are designed to provide a quick overview of a single leadership topic. They are not part of the certificate program. The 2018-19 workshop dates will open for registration in August.

Leadership & Emotional Intelligence

  • Emotional intelligence is composed of the emotional and social skills through which we cope successfully with the demands of life and leadership. In the session students will learn how to monitor emotions in themselves and in others, to discriminate among those emotions, and to use this information to guide thinking and action to become a more successful leader.

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.

Servant Leadership

  • This workshop will teach the role of a servant leader and review the functions and responsibilities of established servant leaders. Students will evaluate their own servant leadership attitude and set goals towards developing it further.

Situational Leadership

  • This workshop will teach how to manage change and determine the most appropriate style of leadership to use given a set of situational variables. Students will develop a basic understanding of an important management theory used in many organizations and businesses today.

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.

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.

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