LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute

Applications are now open for the 2020 Institute, which takes place March 7th to 12th, 2020 in Black Mountain, NC.
For questions, comments, and concerns, reach us via email at leadershape@ncsu.edu


The LeaderShape Institute has developed a national reputation as a premier leadership development program for young adults. The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive and energizing six-day program open to any participant, institution, or workplace interested in producing extraordinary results in an organization and developing a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity.

  • NC State has been hosting an annual campus-based session of the LeaderShape Institute since 2004.
  • The 2020 session will take place Saturday, March 7th to Thursday, March 12th. This year’s Institute will be a joint session with UNC Chapel Hill, so students will have the opportunity to learn with NC State and UNC-CH students.
  • 60 NC State students (undergraduate & graduate) are selected and are accompanied by 10 Faculty, Staff and Student Staff serving in a variety of leadership team roles. This year NC State will select 30 students and UNC-CH will select 30 students for a total of 60 participants.
  • Participants’ travel (from a meeting place at NC State), lodging (group cabins) and meals are all provided for the entire week.  The 2020 session is planned to take place at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.


To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.


A just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity™ and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

What Students Gain?

  • Transformational leadership skills – their capacity to build authentic relationships, inspire peers, adhere to broad ethical standards, and create sustainable change
  • Increased commitment and motivation to advocate for issues of social justice and social responsibility
  • Confidence in their ability to identify their own strengths and weaknesses
  • Confidence in their ability to become student leaders on campus and a commitment to become more engaged at NC State
  • More clearly defined long term and short term goals
  • Confidence in their ability to develop relationships with others who are different than them
  • Confidence in their ability to create a vision or ideal future for their community or organization

Applying for the LeaderShape Institute

  • Applications for the 2020 Institute is now open! They will close on November 18th.
    • To be accepted, students must be in good conduct standing with the university.
  • Selected participants will be required to attend an information session in January.
  • Those selected are asked to confirm their attendance in writing. This program is offered at no cost to students, but participants who confirm and do not attend are assessed a fee to cover a portion of the cost of their participation (approximately $1000).
  • After participants are chosen, should any additional spots open, they are filled from our wait list which is listed by date of application.  Only fully completed applications will be considered.
  • Requests for reasonable accommodations can be submitted to leadandengage@ncsu.edu

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at LeaderShape@ncsu.edu. For more information on LeaderShape, Inc., visit their website here.

Student Quotes

“Our activities helped me realize who I am right now and what I can do to change myself for the better.”

”I gained confidence in myself as a leader and a whole toolbox of skills to improve my leadership, personal conduct, communication, and ability to build relationships.”