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Leadership Programming

Find the Central Michigan University leadership programs that match your interest and experience levels.

Leadership Safari

The Leadership Institute's flagship co-curricular program, Leadership Safari, is a three-day guided experience held annually for more than 1,000 transfer students and freshmen. Learn more about Safari.


Purpose is designed to help students find their own authentic path.  Discover your core values, and then connect them with your collegiate pursuits to find meaning and value in what you do.

Sessions of Purpose will be held on:

Thursday, September 21, 2023  (click here to register)

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (click here to register

Spark Leadership

Spark Leadership is a half-day leadership workshop that allows students to explore their leadership style. Working in small groups, participants will dig into how they lead, and look for ways to connect their leadership talents with opportunity.

Sessions of Spark Leadership will be held on:

Friday, November 3, 2023 (click here to register

Monday, January 29, 2024

The LeaderShape Institute

The LeaderShape Institute is an intensive four-day retreat that provides participants the opportunity for self-discovery, self-reflection and feedback in a community of approximately 60 peers. Not a typical leadership retreat, the Institute is grounded in helping individuals identify the values they hold that lead to making a difference in the communities around them. Through self-assessment, intensive small group discussions, team-building challenges and more, participants will develop a vision for something they care about. By leading with passion, integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible, participants explore who they are and the impact that they want to have on communities, working towards a more caring, just and equitable society.

The 2024 Institute will be held January 3-6.  Registration will open in fall 2023.

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 hereThe Leadership Challenge is a guidebook used to inform leaders about the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership Model and provide resources to help individuals increase their capacity to lead in organizational settings. Participants in Ignite will gain new insights into their leadership abilities and behaviors by receiving 360-degree feedback from their peers, fellow organizational members, mentors, advisors, co-workers and supervisors.

Ignite sessions will begin on Thursday, February 8, 2024 and continue each Thursday until February 29, 2024.  Registration will open in fall 2023.

Leadership Institute Facilitator Course

The Leadership Institute Facilitator Course is designed for student leaders who desire deeper levels of involvement with the LI, or who would like to advance leadership in their organization.  This three-part series will provide participants with a basic skillset in creating leadership learning opportunties for their peers. After completing the program, participants will be better equipped for numerous on-campus leadership roles, including joining the Leadership Safari staff.

Sessions will be held Thursdays beginning October 19, 2023 and continuing until Thursday, November 2, 2023.

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.