LeadCMU.jpg Leadership development opportunities at Central Michigan University are organized by the LeadCMU framework.  LeadCMU divides leadership programs into four phases: explore, discover, experience, and challenge.  LeadCMU is designed to help students identify leadership programs that match their interest and experience levels. 


Leadership Safari

The Leadership Institute's flagship co-curricular program, Leadership Safari is a five-day guided experience held annually for more than 2,000 transfer students and freshmen. Learn more about Safari.

Spark Leadership Series

The Spark Leadership Experience is your first opportunity to discover your leadership style and abilities.  To register, or learn more, visit the Spark Leadership Page.


Connections Leadership Conference

Held each fall, the Connections Leadership Conference serves as a networking workshop for campus leaders. Through collaboration, relevant issues are discussed with the intent of making a positive impact on campus and in the community.  To learn more visit the Connections Conference Page.


Purpose is a one-day program that will allow you to find your passions and to learn how your story and values can help you author a personal mission and guide your future, both academically and personally.  Visit the Purpose Page.

International Student Leadership Seminar

The International Student Leadership Seminar will help all students build collaborative relationships and support networks while acknowledging the importance of working across differences.  Students will explore leadership through a global lens, analyzing the interconnectedness of societies worldwide.  Register or learn more here. 


The LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values.  In this six-day intensive program, participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be.  Learn more here.  


Ignite Leadership

The Ignite Leadership Program was designed to engage advanced student leaders in a series of developmental workshops informed by the Leadership Challenge and the Student Leadership Practice Inventory (sLPI). Learn more about the sLPI here.  The Leadership Challenge is a guidebook used to inform leaders about the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Model and provide resources that help individuals increase their capacity to lead in organizational settings. Participants in Ignite will gain new insights about their leadership abilities and behaviors by receiving 360-degree feedback from their peers, fellow organizational members, mentors, advisors, co-workers, and supervisors. Ignite will be held on March 18th, 25th, April 1st, 8th, and 15th. Register or learn more here.