Spring Break: March 24th - 29th, 2017 

This isn't about how to better organize a bake sale. This is about changing the world.

Apply to LeaderShape's Institute.

Applications are closed. If you would like to apply for LeaderShape 2017, applications will be open late fall/early spring semester.


LeaderShape's Institute, in partnership with MIT, is an intensive six-day leadership development experience that will take place over spring break. Participants will be asked to wrestle with such challenging topics as professional ethics, dealing with uncertainty, working within a diverse community while developing skills in areas of problem solving and interpersonal communication. Over the course of the program students will develop a community among their peers, facilitated by MIT faculty & staff cluster leaders and student veterans of the program. LeaderShape's Institute program takes place at an off-campus retreat site in southern Massachusetts, allowing students the opportunity to fully engage in the leadership experience.  LeaderShape is an intense, six day experience where you not only build upon leadership skills, but you have the opportunity to share with and get to know others on a deeper, more personal level. Althought it is not an expectation of LeaderShape to share personal stories and/or insights, you are strongly encourged to participate in the full experience.

Past participants rave about LeaderShape:

"LeaderShape has been one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever been involved in. You're surrounded by some of the most exciting people on campus because they are all so excited about the ways that they can change the world. LeaderShape inspires dreamers to become leaders."

"Because of LeaderShape, I found out that I didn't have to give up my true passions so easily. At LeaderShape, I met leaders, friends, mentors and life-changers that I still ask for help from today."

"I came into LeaderShape ready to learn through helping others however I could, asking tough questions, and trying to think outside the box. I received affirmation that my contributions to teams were valuable and that I had the ability to find the reality that matches my and others' huge dreams. The week was full of challenges that could not have been more rewarding."

Be part of the learning --- and the fun! This year's program will take place from January 15-20, 2016 over IAP at the Wonderland Conference Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.  

Applications are now available by clicking this link.

Deadline is November 27th, 2015. (In order to complete an application, please register with LeaderShape first through this link; the next screen that appears will be the application.)

Information Sessions Held:

November 12th 7:30 PM 1-246

November 18th 7:30 PM 1-246

November 23rd 7pm W20-Twenty Chimneys

 Find out what this experience is all about:

 The following is a detailed day-by-day overview of the LeaderShape Institute curriculum:

Day One:  "Building Community"

You'll begin to explore what leadership means and discuss its core components.  You'll meet the other participants in the "Learning Community," and you'll also join 10-14 other young adults in a group called the "Family Cluster." As your primary reference group, the Family Cluster will offer you feedback, support, and help you develop and refine your vision for the future. 


Day Two:  "The Value of One, the Power of All"

You'll begin the second day in an experiential team building activity.  By working your way through a series of initiatives and discussions, you'll discover how relationships, trust, and problem solving can be enhanced in a supportive group setting.

Next you'll add another dimension to your self-awareness by completing a behavioral style inventory.  From that information, you'll have an opportunity to set several personal goals for the week and share those with members of your Family Cluster.  You'll also participate in exercises which explore the concept of "inclusive leadership" and how to create communities which value respect, openness, and diverse opinions. 


Day Three:  "Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be"

Creating a powerful vision is one of the most important aspects of leadership! During this exciting day, you'll begin work developing your own vision for the future which defines a bold change for your community, group, cause, or organization back home.

The evening will conclude with a Guest Leader Panel and Reception.  This is your opportunity to interact with a variety of leaders from the MIT community.  Using an informal question-and-answer format, these individuals will share their insights and experiences related to the challenges of "leading with integrity."


Day Four:  "Bringing Vision to Reality"

A vision is only a dream unless it results in action. Three key requirements will be discussed (relationships, stretch goals, and action steps) which move a vision forward.  In addition, the issue of power will be explored in a dynamic group simulation exercise.


Day Five:  "Living and Leading with Integrity"

The concept of "integrity" is a challenging one, but central to LeaderShape's philosophy of lifelong leadership development. You will discuss how core ethical values, thoughtful decisions, and courage all play critical roles in sustaining integrity and fostering trust and respect.  

During the afternoon, you'll have open time to discuss "burning issues" before you prepare for a creative Family Cluster LeaderShape Revue in the evening.


Day Six:  "Staying in Action"

On this final day, you'll prepare to return home and face your responsibilities as a LeaderShape graduate who practices the discipline of "leading with integrity."  You'll learn what it means to be a part of the nationwide LeaderShape community - a network of mutual encouragement and support.  A Learning Community commencement ceremony concludes the week.