"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." — John C. Maxwell

Leadership skills are meaningful no matter where your career journey takes you. In almost any role, you can contribute to improved productivity and positive culture in your organization.

At Waubonsee, you can gain leadership experience as an active member of a student organization, through participation in service events, and by taking on responsibilities related to events and activities on campus.

We also have several programs specific to leadership development: the Engaging Leaders Program, Leadership Summit, Leadership Speakers and the National Society for Leadership and Success. Come in and chat with the Student Life staff to find a leadership opportunity that works for you!

Engaging Leaders: A Student Leadership Program

The Engaging Leaders Program helps students develop and strengthen their leadership skills. Whether you have past leadership experience or are looking for new opportunities, the Engaging Leaders Program will meet your individual needs. You’ll participate in dynamic activities designed to help you form your own personal Leadership Philosophy, which is a great tool to help guide your decisions.

Acceptance is competitive and space is limited. The program will be offered each semester. Participants must be available on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for the semester they participate. Participants will move through the program as a cohort and must attend all components in order to complete the program. As a participant, one will learn about the five practices of Exemplary Leadership (Kouzes and Posner), Servant Leadership, leadership experiences from campus and community leaders, and walk away with a personal leadership philosophy.

Date Topic
9/27 Orientation
10/4 Model the Way
10/11 Inspire a Shared Vision
10/18 Challenge the Process
10/25 Leading from a Servant Mindset
11/1 Enable Others to Act
11/8 Encourage the Heart
11/15 Waubonsee/ Local Leaders Panel
11/22 Thanksgiving Break
11/29 Leadership Philosophy Presentations

Applications available here. Applications due September 14.

Leadership Summit

This all-day mini-conference gives participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in leadership development and select which sessions are important to their growth. Check back in January 2019 for information on this spring semester program.

Leadership Speakers

The National Society for Leadership and Success hosts various speakers each semester, with a live broadcast to Waubonsee. The events are open to all students and feature compelling leadership lessons, stories, inspiration and more from some of today's most interesting leaders. Past speakers have included Sir Richard Branson, Simon Sinek, Jesse Eisenberg, Trevor Noah, Barbara Corcoran and more. If you're unable to attend an event in person, all speaker events are rebroadcast; check out the calendar for this semester's speaker lineup.

National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS)

NSLS is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. NSLS offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters, and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. NSLS also serves as a powerful force for good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. 

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Visit Student Life on the Sugar Grove Campus in the Student Center, Room 126

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(630) 466-2369