Thursday, March 8, 2012 myBiz Blog
What time is it?! Time to apply for LeaderShape! by Sam Hoppen

LeaderShape 25 Years

Yes, you heard it right, it's that time of year again!  It is almost time to apply to be a participant in LeaderShape 2011, a "Must-attend" and "Life-changing" event!  The application will be available beginning Friday, March 16th and must be submitted by April 15th.  This year LeaderShape will be taking place from August 20th-25th in Madison, WI and transportation will be provided to the location.  The application will be posted on the ALC's website, bus.wisc.edu/alc, and can be found on myBiz in weeks to come.

What is LeaderShape?

LeaderShape is a six day, interactive, leadership boot camp designed to help students “Lead with Integrity”

Throughout the six days, students have the opportunity to interact with a large group of approximately 60 other kids that are also eager to become better leaders.  In addition, students will have the privilege of coming together in smaller groups, called “Family Clusters” in which individual thoughts and ideas can comfortably be shared.

Other than learning how to become the best leader one can be, students attending LeaderShape will also be given the chance to create a vision and work through their ideas to figure out how their vision can be turned into reality in one’s community.

The topics that are covered throughout the event are: “Building community”, “The Value of One, the Power of All”, “Challenging What is, Looking to What Could Be”, “Bringing Vision to Reality”, “Living and Leading with Integrity”, and “Staying in Action”.

LeaderShape does not only involve sitting in Conference rooms learning about what it means to be a leader, but the majority of the learning takes place in interactive activities.  From participating in a low-ropes course to tossing a ball from one person to the next, LeaderShape is full of many enjoyable and fun activities that promote the idea of leadership.

Students will spend the entire 6 days (sleeping, eating, and learning) at the Bishop O’Connor Center, so after a days’ work, students often come together to have more fun before going to sleep.  Playing cards, having a volleyball tournament, and running the outdoor track are just some of the favorite pass times that LeaderShape students can take advantage of.

Whether in a particular session or engaging in activities when the day is done, LeaderShape students are constantly interacting with others, allowing them to meet many new people.  Networking with other students in attendance, The LeaderShape Institute staff, the Wisconsin School of Business staff, and successful leaders in the community is also a valuable resource that is available from attending LeaderShape.

**For more information about LeaderShape, visit their website at http://www.leadershape.org/Home.aspx. For questions about our program and the application, stop by the Accenture Leadership Center in 3275 Grainger or e-mail us at alc@bus.wisc.edu.