TWU students become better leaders through national LeaderShape program

TWU LeaderShape students
TWU students Megna Patel, Danielle Rogers and Alexa Larzeia attended LeaderShape in Boston.

Community, inclusivity, integrity and vision are themes exceptional leaders continuously reflect upon, as many TWU students learn by attending LeaderShape, a national week-long intensive leadership training program. The Center for Student Leadership sponsors at least nine students each year to attend LeaderShape sessions, which are held in either Boston, Massachusetts, or Champaign, Illinois, and enable students to interact with others from across the country and learn exactly what type of leader they wish to be.

Students participate in large group activities, small group exercises, conversation with one another and personal reflection. They learn how developing a vision and plan of action can create lasting change. They also reflect on how their personal styles and life experiences influence their leadership and their relationships.

TWU students, many of whom have never traveled outside of Texas, return from the program with new ideas and perspectives, which they incorporate into their personal lives.

“Students who attend LeaderShape are encouraged to explore a professional and personal vision and a ‘blueprint’ for the successful integration of their goals as leaders in concert with their core values,” said Dian Knight, Center for Student Leadership program coordinator. “Every year, we look forward to sending our students to LeaderShape and watching them return with invigorating revelations on how it transformed and changed each of their lives.”

At LeaderShape, I learned we don't have the right to judge someone's experiences based on our own. The most we can do is listen and try to understand their story. — Megna Patel (Biochemistry '20)
Having activities that let us dive deeper in our thoughts and focusing on the big picture gave us the mindset that we can start our personal vision tomorrow. — Danielle Rogers (Social Work '21)
The challenges I set for myself at LeaderShape were to not overthink and to trust the process. Sometimes there will be challenges along the road to success, but it's only a part of the process. — Alexa Larzeia, (Nursing '21)
LeaderShape teaches the importance of being a dedicated team player; it is important to respect every individual you work with, plus understand the difference between equality and equity. — Sofia Isart Ruiz (Nursing '21)

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Ray Willhoft
Director of Communications, Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership

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