LeaderShape is a week-long, rigorous retreat designed to help aspiring leaders develop their own abilities and discover their personal mission. Straight from our students' minds, here are their experiences.
At LeaderShape, I was given the resources and opportunity to look introspectively at my leadership style and search my passions to create a path for me to follow onward throughout my life. With the tools and strategies given at this conference, I was able to learn, practice, and understand my best fit in a group setting and how to effectively utilize my strengths to best benefit my group. I loved the group sessions where we would learn about different topics of leadership and learned so much in our small group sessions where we would put these practices into motion. I owe it to LeaderShape for helping me find the root of my passion and showing me the ways to make it happen. Thank you to LeaderShape and thank you to the Leadership Institute.
LeaderShape is a life changing experience. The conference helps mold you into a better leader, listener, and follower. There was something powerful about physically writing down my core beliefs. More than once throughout the conference I had major moments of revelation on how my move to Texas has shaped me into the person that I am. I also had the opportunity to determine what my vision is and how I can make that vision possible, even as a student. There were many team building activities that stretched me to grow as a follower. At the end of each team building exercise, there was a moment of reflection where I realized that being frustrated or upset never helped us finish the task at hand. That may seem like a simple revelation, but with that realization, I began to take challenges with a calmer demeanor. At the end of the session, we had a two-hour meeting where we sat down with each member in our group and gave them one compliment and one item to work on to become a better leader. The most meaningful thing said to me was “don’t be afraid to speak up and be confident. You offer a unique perspective that needs to be heard.” LeaderShape molded me into a confident, engaged, inclusive leader, which is something I am eternally grateful for.