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 Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy Mission

Student Involvement & Leadership Development’s (SILD) Leadership Academy provides leadership skill development opportunities focused on learning and self-reflection through a series of workshops, activities, and interactions that will empower students to become leaders at NIU and beyond.

The Leadership Academy Program Goals

The Leadership Academy is committed to enhancing students’ self-awareness, preparing students to have a positive impact at NIU and the greater community, developing students’ leadership skills to enhance their future personal and career success, and fostering connections between students and the University.

Overview of the Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a three-tiered, self-paced leadership program. In the Leadership Academy, students have the opportunity to join organizations, attend workshops, write reflections, present their learnings to others, and much more. The Leadership Academy is open to all NIU undergraduate students. Students can begin the Leadership Academy at any time by completing a Leadership Academy application. Activities for the Leadership Academy are based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, which provides opportunities for students to enhance their learning and facilitate positive social change. By participating in the Leadership Academy, students will be able to understand and apply the 7 C’s of leadership: consciousness of self, congruence, commitment, collaboration, common purpose, controversy with civility, and citizenship (Komives & Wagner, 2009).

Tier 1: Personal Leadership

Tier I is an introductory leadership tier that allows students to learn more about their personal leadership style. Through assessments, attending workshops, participating in campus and community life, and working with the Assistant Director for Leadership & Student Organizational Services, students will begin to see how their leadership style has developed and how to most effectively utilize their leadership style in their professional and personal lives.

Additional materials needed for Tier I:

Leadership Skills Self Assessment (Coming Soon!)

Values and Leadership Activity

Tier II: Campus & Community Leadership

Tier II provides students with the opportunity to develop their individualized leadership styles in the NIU and DeKalb community. Through increasing their participation on campus, attending workshops, creating a resume, and working with the Assistant Director for Leadership & Student Organizational Services, students will begin to incorporate their personal leadership styles/skills to make a difference to the campus and community. At the conclusion of Tier II, students will earn a leadership certificate.

Additional materials needed for Tier II:

Online Portfolio Instructions

Tier III: Leadership Culmination

Tier III allows student leaders to formally summarize and reflect on leadership skills they have gained throughout the Leadership Academy. At the end of Tier III, students will receive the honor of Leadership Academy Distinguished Leader. Students who receive the Distinguished Leader honor will be recognized during SILD’s Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award Ceremony and will receive a graduation cord to wear during the graduation ceremony (TENTATIVE).

Additional materials needed for Tier III:

Leadership Skills Self Assessment (Coming Soon!)

Online Portfolio Instructions

For more information on the Leadership Academy, please contact Kelli Bradley at kbradley3@niu.edu or 815-753-6505.


Fall 2014 Leadership Workshops

All NIU students are cordially invited to attend the fall semester Leadership Academy workshops. Each workshop will last around an hour.

Leadership 101 is a required workshop for members of Tier I to attend. Leadership 101 is offered throughout each semester, but Tier I members are only required to attend one Leadership 101 workshop to meet the Tier I requirement.

These workshops are a great way to expand your knowledge and understanding of leadership concepts, meet other students who are interested in leadership, and engage in thought provoking conversations. Below are additional details on the workshops:

Creating a Shared Vision

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
3:00 p.m. &  6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development 

Leadership 101

Thursday, September 18, 2014
10:00am
Campus Life Building, Room 100
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development

Public Speaking 101

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development 

Dress for Success

Thursday, October 16, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development

Leadership 101

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11:00am
Campus Life Building, Room 100
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development

What Leaders do and Constituents Expect

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100 
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development

Leadership 101

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
2:00pm
Campus Life Building, Room 100
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development

Leading with and without Authority

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Campus Life Building, Room 100
Sponsored by: Student Involvement & Leadership Development