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What drives the Lead365 National Conference curriculum?

Answer: Intentionally driven learning outcomes founded in the development of desirable competencies, knowledge and understandings as identified by Dr. Corey Seemiller in The Student Leadership Competency Guidebook (Jossey-Bass).  Infused within the curriculum are solid theoretical leadership models and well thought out diversity of teaching methodologies to accommodate all styles of learning.

Our tag line, Explore. Engage. Evolve. represents the developmental progression of leaders as offered in the more popular contemporary leadership models while providing a nifty way to group all 60 competencies (identified below).  These models are briefly described below.

Explore. Engage. Evolve. directly mirrors the “Individual, Group and Society” construct of the Social Change Model (1994) suggesting you first develop the individual through self-awareness and exploration of the leader’s core values. Secondly, you focus on building those skills/opportunities leading to enhanced teamwork and productive relationships. Thirdly, you offer content on how to be a change agent through social justice initiatives and civic engagement. The collective outcome is the inspiration and ability to serve the greater social good.

Lead365 also takes its guidance from “The Leadership Challenge” (Kouzes and Posner) that identifies five common patterns of action, as opposed to a particular personality trait or type. Presented as the five “practices of exemplary leadership,” there are similarities to Steven Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Success People.” Both models are inspirational and practical. The five practices include: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Encourage the Heart and Enable Others to Act.

The last model influencing the creation of our tag line Explore. Engage. Evolve. is the Transformative Model originally authored by James MacGregor Burns (1978). This model was expanded upon by Bernard M. Bass and is now known as “Bass’ Transformational Leadership Theory.” Transformational leaders inspire those they lead by responding to their needs. The four components of transformational leadership (Intellectual Stimulation, Individual Consideration, Inspirational Motivation, and Idealized Influence) are weaved throughout our curriculum.

Competency Areas

More than a catchy phrase, “Explore. Engage. Evolve.” identifies the three categories for organizing the undergraduate programming track.  Every program is identified by the specific competency it addresses.  Definitions of the 60 Student Leadership Competencies assist participants in developing a common language.  The graduate student and professional development track is organized in two design tracks:  Programming and Innovation.

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Enhancing Inspiration for Self-Awareness Training Topics:

  • Understanding self
  • Identifying personal values
  • Receiving feedback
  • Developing a mature outlook on life


Understanding Leadership Training Topics:

  • Knowing the follower’s perspective
  • Problem solving
  • Connecting influence to leadership
  • Ethical and moral decision making
  • Building your leadership confidence
  • Maintaining a positive attitude
  • Developing resiliency
  • Characteristics of effective leaders


Building Personal Leadership Abilities and Skill Sets Training Topics:

  • Developing advanced verbal communication skills
  • Reading non-verbal communication
  • Listening
  • Connecting empathy to leadership
  • Improving your follow through
  • Taking initiative
  • Being a more effective presenter


Identifying a Mission and Leadership Purpose Training Topics:

  • Organizational skills
  • Identifying a personal mission and leadership vision
  • Setting achievable goals

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Developing Interpersonal Communication Competencies

Training Topics:

  • Managing conflict
  • Motivating others
  • Providing helpful feedback to teammates
  • Empowering others towards a common goal
  • Mentoring for results
  • Developing productive healthy relationships


Creating Environments for Collaboration and Team Work Training Topics:

  • Organizational behavior
  • Power dynamics
  • Developing productive groups and teams
  • Recruiting and retaining members
  • Delegation
  • Networking for enhanced leadership
  • Systems thinking


Understanding Social Justice and Diversity Topics Training Topics:

  • Defining diversity for the student leader
  • Understanding why diversity matters
  • Understanding the necessity of inclusion
  • Social justice
  • Advocating a personal and collective point of view


Facilitating Change Training Topics:

  • Creating change
  • Generating creative alternatives and ideas
  • Strategic planning
  • Responding productively to change


Embracing Social Responsibility Training Topics:

  • Leading for the service of others
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Risk taking for effective leadership
  • Serving the greater social good



Two separate professional development tracks (and now, options from a third track “Lead365Labs“) are offered to graduate students, leadership educators, advisors, and professional staff members focusing on four significant competencies specific to the development of collegiate leaders.


Challenging Conceptions Training Topics:

  • Using “leadership competencies” for program development and assessment
  • Legal considerations around leadership education
  • Standards of responsible leadership programming
  • Understanding the various leadership theories and definitions
  • Current leadership research
  • Social entrepreneurialism


Integration and Design Training Topics:

  • Building or perfecting a comprehensive leadership program
  • Using technology to build student leaders
  • Assessment and evaluation of student leaders and programs


  • Forging Networks:  Bringing graduate students and professionals together through intentional social opportunities is offered in a variety of ways including a Networking Reception, Social with the conference faculty, and informal pool side chats at lunch.  Formal meals are intentionally not part of the conference program to encourage more purposeful interaction.
  • Achieving work life balance in order to enhance your professionalism, productivity and happiness

Skill Development Training Topics:

  • Dealing with and developing difficult student leaders
  • Finding a personal advising style
  • Discovering various considerations when looking for outside funding options
  • Working with, programming for, and advising non-traditional students, introverts and non-traditional students

Learning Outcomes

By attending the Lead365National Conference you will experience a transformation of attitude, purpose and perspective.

You will also build upon your current knowledge, inspiration and aptitude so when you return to campus, you are a more effective collegiate leader or professional.


As a result of attending the Lead365National Conference, you will:

  • Value the process of reflective introspection;
  • Develop a clear personal perspective around your leadership objectives:
  • Build practical skills of leadership;
  • Know how to work toward positive societal change;
  • Engage in productive conversations around improving the greater social good:
  • Know various styles and approaches to effective leadership;
  • Appreciate the value in diverse cultures, perspectives and ideas;
  • Gain collaborative enhancement skills for building teams;
  • Increase your network of equally well-intentioned individuals;
  • Lead from an inspired sense of social and personal responsibility;
  • Examine personal interests;
  • Explore career topics and opportunities;
  • Appreciate the intricacies of the job search;
  • Dedicate significant time to the discussion of social justice issues;
  • Acquire a more national awareness of leadership challenges on college campuses;
  • Know financial management strategies for self and student organizations; and
  • Connect your leadership to potential career path decisions.

Professional Staff Members, Advisors, Leadership Educators, and Graduate Students:

As a result of attending the Lead365National Conference, you will:

  • Enhance your professional network;
  • Learn innovative strategies for leadership programming:
  • Discover innovative practices for advising, teaching and developing student leaders;
  • Increase your ability to assist student leaders and staff members in achieving their goals;
  • Reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of your current efforts;
  • Discover how to identify leadership competencies:
  • Know national standards of leadership development programs;
  • Acquire effective ways of increasing student engagement through programming;
  • Engage in personal rejuvenation;
  • Know how leadership programming supports social justice; and
  • Identify assessment resources.