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The LeadState Focus

LeadState revolves around three tenets related to leadership development that help students navigate where their passions intersect with their goals, so they can identify the steps necessary to meet them.


Using the Clifton Strengths assessment tool, which categorizes talents in 34 general areas, LeadState students are introduced to the top five talent themes that are specific to them.

Through interactive presentations, coaching sessions, peer testimonials and self-reflection, each participant can discover effective ways to build upon their talents to develop strengths and understand how to apply them to the various roles they may plan on and off campus.

Social Change

LeadState endorses and utilizes the Social Change Model for Leadership Development to educate students on the relationship between inclusive leadership and collaborative service efforts. When used together, the two (leadership and service) can create a powerful vehicle for effecting positive societal change.

The model hinges on seven intersecting principles that drive how individuals engage leadership within themselves, within a group and within a community. They are Consciousness of Self, Congruence, Commitment, Collaboration, Common Purpose, Controversy with Civility, and Citizenship.


LeadState facilitators coordinate one group service activity for our students each semester and encourage them to find additional opportunities related to their interests and goals. We believe that It is through participation in and sharing of meaningful experiences that essential learning takes place.

We seek to provide those experiences and foster that learning through LeadState service opportunities.

Leadership Development Plan

While not an official tenet of the program, the Leadership Development Plan is a central part of the LeadState Experience. Students are asked to reflect on both the breadth and depth of their past leadership experiences – roles, challenges and accomplishments – as well as their personal perspective on leadership, how it’s defined and the characteristics of effective leaders.

With that foundation, students craft the LDP. They plan involves set leadership goals, identify potential roadblocks and create action steps. Throughout the semester, students work on completing their goals with the support of their LeadState coaches and cohort peers.