Student Leadership and Involvement



2021 Session: TBA

What is LeaderShape®?

The LeaderShape® Institute is an intensive week-long leadership development experience that is designed to help young leaders learn to “lead with integrity”.  This highly interactive and energizing program provides the tools for individuals to:

  • Act consistently with core ethical values, personal values, and convictions
  • Develop and enrich relationships
  • Respect the dignity and contribution of all people
  • Believe in a healthy disregard for the impossible
  • Produce extraordinary results

What happens at the LeaderShape® Institute?

Utilizing highly interactive program methods rather than classroom lectures, everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner.  The majority of work is done in a large group called the Learning Community.  From this larger group, smaller groups, called Family Clusters, are formed where participants work on their vision statements.  The Family Cluster provides a supportive, safe environment that promotes learning and the development of new skills and attitudes.

At the LeaderShape® Institute, participants create a LeaderShape® Breakthrough Blueprint they can begin to implement as soon as they leave.  The objective of each participant’s blueprint is to produce extraordinary results in their organization and their institution during the next nine to 12 months.

The Michigan Tech LeaderShape® Institute

The Michigan Tech LeaderShape® Institute will take place in early January (at the end of winter break) at the Ford Center in Alberta, MI.  There is a minimal cost to attend the Institute, however you must be selected through an application process to become a participant.  All transportation to and from the Institute will be provided along with meals and lodging.  Participants must be available and are expected to stay for the entire length of the institute.

The Michigan Tech LeaderShape® Institute continues to be very popular after over a 20 year relationship.

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Cluster Facilitator

The Family Cluster is the formal support and reference group for the participants during the week, and the Cluster Facilitator serves as the group's resource, catalyst, and facilitator. Because the Cluster Facilitator has considerable interaction with the participants, he/she is one of the most valuable members of the facilitator team during The LeaderShape Institute. The Cluster Facilitator will support participants as they develop their Breakthrough Blueprints and encourage positive interpersonal and group skills in a safe and trusting setting. Cluster Facilitators are also encouraged to maintain contact with members of their Family Cluster following The LeaderShape Institute. This contact helps participants "stay in action" to successfully achieve their visions after the six-day program.

Cluster Facilitator Job Description

On-Site Coordinators

The LeaderShape® On-Site Coordinator is an integral part of ensuring a successful institute. Each year, Michigan Tech enlists the assistance of two LeaderShape® graduates to assist in carrying out the logistical and conference management tasks which are crucial to the program. The On-Site Coordinator should be one step ahead of the curriculum so that all details are organized at the beginning of each program piece. All applicants for the position must be graduates of the LeaderShape® Institute. On-Site Coordinator Applications for 2021 will open in Fall 2020.