UNK Leadership, Education, and Development Series

Leads: Leadership, Education, and Development Series

What is UNK Leads?

A self-guided program designed to challenge and support students at a range of leadership experience levels. Through a variety of sessions, experiences and reflections you can learn and develop the principles of effective leadership.

This program is completed by students as a cohort, and participants have up to four semesters to complete. Students will discover who they are as leaders and become confident with tangible leadership skills and strategies to not only compliment their leadership experiences during their time at UNK but also prepare them for their post-graduate career. All sessions and activities have been created to develop and progress proficiency in twelve leadership core competencies.

What we think…

  • Leadership can be taught
  • Leaders are individuals who work with others to create positive change
  • Leadership can be practiced by anyone, regardless of formal position
  • The best way to learn leadership is through education, experience and reflection
  • Leadership development is a lifelong process
  • Understanding the civic and global dimensions of leadership is essential
  • Leadership is ethical and is values-driven

Core Competencies

We have created a set of student selected "Core Competencies" that we believe all effective leaders at UNK should possess. All of our programs and initiatives are designed to help students learn and develop in these areas.

  • Collaboration
  • Conflict Negotiation
  • Creating Change
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Solving
  • Productive Relationships
  • Reflection and Application
  • Self-Development
  • Social Responsibility
  • Verbal Communication

Other Benefits

  • Swag
    Upon reaching certain benchmarks within the program you will receive the official UNK LEADS t-shirt. Upon meeting the program requirements, you will receive an official certificate of completion.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    Receive a personalized letter outlining your performance in and skills developed through UNK LEADS. This can be used when apply for jobs, internships, as well as campus or community organizations.
  • Leadership Coaching
    During UNK LEADS, you will have the opportunity to meet with a representative of UNK to receive personalized coaching. This will serves a great way to hone your leadership skills, receive important feedback, and learn more about yourself as a leader. Coaching provides the best way for you to get the most from you LLI experience.
  • Resume Workshop
    Following completion of UNK LEADS, you will be offered a session on the best way to include LLI on your resume and how to best communicate the learning and knowledge gained through LLI. -Community-By participating in UNK LEADS, you are joining a community of life-long learners and leaders. You'll be able to meet and network with campus leaders with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and future goals. It's a great place to start building your network and form last relationships.
  • No cost to students
    We believe that leadership shouldn’t come with a price tag. Sign up for the Loper Leadership Institute for no money out of your pocket.