Leadership Development Program

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Start Your Path to Leadership

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides 10 foundational workshops that are designed to engage and prepare new leaders. Students also have the option to earn a leadership certificate by engaging in a coaching relationship and leadership experience, and completing the foundations workshops and a reflection paper.

There are also some one-time stand-alone workshops offerings that are designed to provide a quick overview of a single leadership topic. Click here to navigate to the one-time workshops page.

Email questions to sle-leadership@ncsu.edu.

This photo features Leadership Certificate recipients receiving their certificate in April 2019 at our end of year celebration at the Park Alumni Center on Centennial Campus.

What Do 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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Leadership Certificate

10 Foundation Courses + Leadership Experience + Coach + 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.

In order to complete the Leadership Certificate, there are four requirements: complete the 10 foundation workshops, participate in a leadership experience, complete four coaching meetings, and write a reflection paper.

Requirements for the Leadership Certificate:

Complete all 10 Leadership Development Program Foundation Courses (9 courses through LDP + 1 one-time workshop)

Engage in a self-selected, on-going leadership experience (positional or non-positional) & identify a coach within their chosen leadership experience to meet with at least four times to discuss their learning and application.

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 during the Introduction to Leadership workshop.

If you have specific questions, please email sle-leadership@ncsu.edu.

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2022-2023 Dates | Register Today!

Registration is required and is only open to current NC State students, including: Masters, Doctoral, international, and non-degree seeking. Leadership Development Program workshops are designed to be taken in order, therefore students are asked to commit to taking one of the scheduled paths:  

Registering for the Leadership Development Program

Registration for Spring 2023 is now open! Follow the instructions below to register today. The program is open access with limited seats, so it’s recommended to register early to save your spot!

How to Register for LDP

Click here to get started

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Workshop Descriptions

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One-Time Leadership Workshops

Not quite ready to commit to the certificate program? Our office offers one-time leadership workshops for ongoing leadership development. Click here to see our upcoming workshops.

Contact Us

Connect with our team via email at sle-leadership@ncsu.edu.

Would you like to be contacted when dates are selected for the 2023-24 year? Click here to provide your information.