Want to establish yourself as a great leader? Consider applying for LeaderShape®.
A national program available to Towson freshmen, sophomore and new transfer students, LeaderShape® is
a highly interactive, energizing, leadership development retreat designed to help
participants learn to lead with integrity over the course of six intensive, life-changing
2020 LeaderShape® Applications
Discover the leader in you.
2020 dates: January 12-17 and January 19-24
Applications will be available in fall 2020.
What will I learn during the program?
Program content reflects key leadership issues: vision, partnerships, integrity, and
results. While at the Institute, students learn to:
work in high-performance teams
practice decision-making for ethical dilemmas
learn to deal with change
clarify personal values and standards
understand and respect the values of other individuals
Participants also learn the importance of trust, communication and group-problem solving
through the Team Challenge Course.
What happens at LeaderShape®?
LeaderShape® is comprised of approximately 60 students. Most of the interactive program
is conducted in a large group called the Learning Community, with further discussion
and teambuilding occurring in family clusters (groups of about 10-12 students). In
family clusters, students are supported and challenged to develop new skills and attitudes
in a safe environment. Each family cluster is lead by a cluster facilitator, a professional
who serves as a resource, catalyst, and role model for the participants.
How will I benefit from attending?
LeaderShape® was named an “exemplary program” by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was
highlighted in Leadership in the Making: Impact and Insights From Leadership Development
Programs in US Colleges and Universities (1999). The experience prepares students
to change their worlds by providing the tools needed to
Cluster Facilitators work directly with a small group of 10-12 participants (a Family
Cluster) during The LeaderShape® Institute to encourage authentic dialogue and enhance
learning. For each LeaderShape® Institute, six faculty or staff for each session are
selected for this role.
Because Cluster Facilitators have considerable interaction with the participants,
they are very valuable members of the Institute. The Cluster Facilitator supports
participants as they develop their Breakthrough Blueprints and encourages positive
interpersonal and group development in a safe and trusting environment. Cluster Facilitators
are also encouraged to maintain contact with members of their Family Cluster following
their session through the implementation of the Day 7 program. This contact helps
participants “stay in action” on their visions after the six-day Institute and will
help sustain their commitment to integrity after the LeaderShape® Institute.
What will my specific duties entail?
modeling leadership behavior and acting with integrity
clarifying, summarizing, and sharing ideas
guiding group discussions
facilitating selected segments of the curriculum
establishing a climate conducive to learning
challenging assumptions and encouraging reflection and feedback
maintaining an energy level that matches the pace of the LeaderShape® Institute
How will this affect my work schedule?
Please note that this position requires you to be absent from work either January
12-17 or January 19-24. You will need your supervisor’s permission to participate.