llbionThe 2016 Central Michigan University LeaderShape Institute will be held May 8-13 at Albion College in Albion, MI.


Effective leadership produces results — exceptional improvements not only in companies and organizations, but also in communities, families, and groups. Wherever you are, there’s a need for you to lead.

The Institute is an intensive, energizing, six-day educational experience designed to equip young adults to become extraordinary leaders.

Much of the week’s work is done in small groups we call Family Clusters, which create a safe, supportive learning environment. Participants work together, form close friendships, and benefit from new perspectives. Each person in the Family Cluster works to define a personal vision — an extraordinary commitment to changing or contributing to the world in a positive way.

Based on that vision, participants then develop a blueprint for the action they will undertake when they return home — with the objective of effecting meaningful, measurable change in their organization or community during the next 9-12 months. With the guidance of Institute facilitators, participants complete a blueprint that identifies the goals, relationships, and action steps that are essential to the project’s success.

The LeaderShape Institute helps participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. We believe integrity is at the heart of leadership. As a result, the Institute creates space to identify core values and explore how individual choices have an impact on congruence and how we are perceived as leaders.

The LeaderShape Institute works to help participants achieve four primary outcomes:

  • To increase their commitment to acting consistently with core ethical values, personal values, and convictions.
  • To increase their capability to develop relationships and increase their commitment to respecting the dignity and contribution of all people.
  • To embrace the belief in a healthy disregard for the impossible.
  • To develop the capability to produce extraordinary results.


All Central Michigan University students who want to learn to change the world are encouraged to apply to attend the CMU LeaderShape Institute. Applications will be reviewed by the LeaderShape program coordinators and the assistant director of the Leadership Institute.

Appliations must be received by 12:00 Noon on April 4, 2016.

To participate in LeaderShape applicants are required to submit a $25 registration fee. The fee is payable by check or may be charged to your CMU student account. On campus departments may sponsor applicants by agreeing to pay their fee if selected. Applicants not selected for the LeaderShape Institute will not be charged.

Requests to waive the registration fee may be sent to Jesi Ekonen, Assistant Director of the Leadership Institute, at Jesi.Ekonen@cmich.edu.