LeaderShape® Institute™ Daily Highlights

DAY 1: Building Community

You will begin to explore what leadership means and become familiar with the basic philosophy and schedule of the week. You will meet the other LeaderShape® Institute™ participants in the large group, what we call the Learning Community. Also, you will also join 8-12 other students in your small group for the week called the “Family Cluster.” As your primary support and small group for the week, the Family Cluster will offer you feedback and help you develop your Breakthrough Blueprint, which is a tangible project you will be working on during the week. You'll meet in both the Learning Community (large group) and Family Cluster (small group) throughout the week. 

DAY 2: The Value of One, The Power of All

You will begin the second day in the Team Challenge Course. By working your way through a series of outdoor (or indoor depending on the facilities & the weather) initiatives and discussions, you'll explore how teamwork, trust, and problem solving can be enhanced in a supportive group setting. Later in the day, you'll add another dimension to your self-awareness by completing a behavior style inventory. The end result will be an opportunity to set several personal goals for the week and share those with members of your Family Cluster. You will also participate in exercises which reinforce the concept of inclusive leadership as well as creating communities that matter.

DAY 3: Challenging What Is, Looking To What Could Be

Being able to create a powerful vision is an important aspect of leadership. During day 3, you'll begin to work on defining and refining your own Breakthrough Blueprint – a tangible and transformational plan for change in your organization, group, cause, or community back home. You will spend much of the afternoon in interactive settings dealing with chaos and change. The evening will conclude with a Guest Leader Q&A. This is your opportunity to interact with significant leaders in business, education, and other professions. Using an informal question and answer format, these individuals will share their insights and experiences related to the challenges of “leading with integrity.”

DAY 4: Bringing Vision To Reality

A vision is only a dream unless it results in action. Key requirements will be discussed (relationships, goals, and action steps) which move a vision forward. In addition, the issue of power will be explored in a dynamic group simulation activity.

DAY 5: Living and Leading With Integrity

The concept of integrity is a challenging one, but it is central to LeaderShape’s philosophy of life-long leadership development. During the day, you'll discuss how core ethical values, thoughtful decisions, and courage all play critical roles in sustaining integrity and fostering trust and respect. During the afternoon and evening, time has been set aside for more in-depth conversations, relaxation, and preparation for a creative Family Cluster presentation.

DAY 6: Staying in Action

On the final day, you'll prepare to return back to campus and face your responsibilities as an Institute graduate who practices the discipline of “leading with integrity.” You will learn what it means to be a part of an international LeaderShape® community – a network of mutual encouragement and support. A Learning Community commencement ceremony concludes the week.