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The LeaderShape® Institute

The University of Tennessee Knoxville will host its sixth campus based session of the LeaderShape Institute on March 12-17, 2016. Applications for the 2016 session are now closed. Applications for the 2017 program will open in Fall 2016.

This is a highly selective and highly competitive opportunity in which only 60 UTK student leaders will be chosen to attend each year. We do not specifically target students from any one area of campus, instead we want to develop a community of 60 students who represent diverse facets of UT's student body. We hope that you will consider applying for this one of a kind leadership experience that is sure to change your life and the world we live in.

What is LeaderShape?

Since its inception in 1986, the LeaderShape Institute has developed an international reputation as one of the premier leadership development programs for young adults. More than 55,900 young people from colleges, universities, corporations, and organizations across America and around the world have graduated from the program, and now you can be a part of LeaderShape's 29th year of helping college students to live and lead with integrity!

The LeaderShape® Institute is an intensive and energizing six-day program committed to producing extraordinary results in an organization while also helping college students to develop a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity. The program content of The LeaderShape Institute reflects key leadership issues of vision, partnerships, integrity, and results. Specifics of the program include: a Team Challenge Course (a half-day outdoor team-building experience), an ls2011classevening with a Guest Leader Forum in which participants are exposed to "real world" role models in business, industry, and the professions, quality facilitators from a variety of backgrounds, and learning and sharing in small groups called "family clusters."

For a closer look at the daily themes of The LeaderShape Institute, click here!

For a video about The LeaderShape Institute, click here!

Why should I participate?

Here what former participants have to say...

“It truly is a life changing experience. If every UT student attended, we would all be a united community and our overwhelming power could easily change the world we live in.”

“Future students should attend so that they can experience the feelings and emotions that we all did for the visionpast 6 days. When they do, our campus will slowly come together and many of the visions of a campus that is no longer divided based on gender, race, religion, etc. can come true.”

“It helped me really find myself. I came here wanting to find that something about myself that would take me to the next level in my life. LeaderShape allowed me to think in ways that I never would have. I am leaving with exactly what I came here for.”

“I've learned to open up to people more and build relationships to build community. I've learned to not make stereotypes of others. I've learned that I do have a vision that I'm passionate about. I've learned to give my thought and not be afraid. I've learned to lead with integrity.”

“This was a life changing experience that couldn't happen anywhere else. LeaderShape has given us the tools and abilities to change the world. Future students need to experience this.”

“LeaderShape changed my life. I have confidence and courage of conviction that I never had before. I never thought the days of my life would mean so much! THANK YOU!”

Plus, as part of this six day experience LeaderShape Participants Learn How To:

  • Create a Powerful Vision
  • Build Successful Teams
  • Implement Action Plans
  • Evaluate Personal Strengths and Challenges
  • Experience the Dynamics of Group Problem-solving
  • Communicate with Care and Impact
  • Utilize Ethics and Values in Decision-making
  • Understand Power and Influence

We hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity to further enhance your personal leadership skills and our campus community. Please note that all selected participants are required to pay a $100 registration fee, but all of your food, lodging, transportation and supplies will be covered. Additionally, please note that all students are required to stay on-site throughout the program's entirety, and this program is only open to currently enrolled students at The University of Tennessee who have at least one year left at UT after the Institute. Unfortunately, applications from graduating seniors will not be considered.

Cluster Facilitators

visionThank you for your interest in the 2016 Cluster Facilitator position. Applications for 2016 LeaderShape Institute Cluster Facilitators are now closed. Future applicants must be current UT faculty or staff members, and must make a LeaderShape profile to access the applications.

Click here to view the Cluster Facilitator position description. Any questions should be directed to Alicia Price at or 865-974-1039.


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