In May 2010, Auburn University successfully held its 1st campus based session of The LeaderShape Institute, a nationally recognized student leadership development program! This year, we are thrilled to announce that we will host two sessions of the Institute this spring.

Both sessions will be held May 9-14, 2014 at the Winshape Retreat Center in Rome, Georgia. One hundred and thirty students will be selected to attend one of two sessions offered and there is no cost for those selected to attend. All students are encouraged to apply. 



Please click on the LeaderShape logo to apply.


Still want to know more about the LeaderShape Institute?

“After attending LeaderShape, I’ve realized that anything is possible”
~2011 LeaderShape Graduate

Our mission is to expand the community of people who lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

Our vision is a just, caring, and thriving world where we all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.


What is LeaderShape?

LeaderShape is an intensive, energizing, and unique 6 day leadership development building experience that focuses on building leadership skills and promoting self-discovery.

Utilizing highly interactive program methods rather than classroom lectures, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner! The majority of work is done in a large group called The Learning Community. From this group, smaller groups, called Family Clusters are formed where participants work closely together and quickly form meaningful friendships providing a supportive, safe environment.

Another unique feature is the Team Challenge Course which is a half day outdoor team-building experience that teaches the concepts of trust, communication, and group problem solving.

Who goes to LeaderShape?

Each session of The LeaderShape Institute is comprised of approximately 65 men and women ages 17-25 from various organizations from diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.


Why should I attend?

Since 1986, more than 18,000 participants from over 500 colleges, universities, corporations, and other organizations across America have been part of The LeaderShape Institute.

After completing the experience, participants and sponsoring organizations notice numerous changes in themselves and their interactions with others. And it’s no wonder- The LeaderShape Institute does something no other experience can. It prepares young people to change their worlds by providing the tools needed to achieve new insights, improve relationships, build more effective teams, and ultimately enhance society.


How much does it cost?

Free! Auburn University is committed to assisting students as they develop their leadership skills and strive to be a better citizen.


When is LeaderShape?

May 9-14, 2014

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2014 sessions will be available online beginning in February and are due on March. Please contact Julia Wiard at julia@auburn.edu for questions regarding the application process or other details about the LeaderShape Institute.