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What is The Ohio State LeaderShape Institute?

The LeaderShape Institute® at The Ohio State is "six intense day leadership development experience designed to help young leaders engage in dialogue, participate in interactive self discovery in a supportive community, and learn to “lead with integrity.”  

  • With the help of Coca-Cola, the Ohio Union has been able to host a campus-based session of this national program exclusively for Ohio State students for the past 18 years.

  • The 2018 Institute will take place Sunday, August 12 - Friday, August 17. Save the Date!

  • 60 OSU students are selected and are accompanied by 10 Faculty, Staff and Student staff serving in a variety of leadership team roles.

  • Participants will travel off campus, lodging and meals are provided for the entire week - This program is offered at no cost to students.

Additional information can also be found on the national organization's website at


What happens at the LeaderShape Institute? 

The LeaderShape Institute utilizes highly interactive program methods rather than classroom lectures. Everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner. Participants spend time in small and large groups, discovering more about themselves and their leadership potential while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. In addition, participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. It's one of the most unique, energizing and transformative leadership experiences available.

The program aims to:

  • Increase your commitment to acting consistently with your core ethical values, personal goals, and convictions

  • Enhance your capability to develop and enrich relationships as well as strengthen your commitment to respect the dignity and contributions of all people.

  • Embrace the belief in a “healthy disregard for the impossible”

  • Develop the capability to produce extraordinary results.

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How can I apply?

Applications to participate in the 2018 LeaderShape will be available in early spring 2018. Feel free to fill oit this interest form if you have additional questions. Interest Form HERE 


Apply to be an be an On-Site Coordinator!

  • Are you an Alumnus of the LeaderShape Institute?

  • Do you want to continue your involvement with LeaderShape?

  • Are you graduating May 2019 or later at Ohio State?

Consider applying for the the Ohio State 2018 On-Site coordinator position!

Applications are due NOV 20, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. and are available at


Questions? Contact Matt Van Jura at