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In past years, ETSU has hosted a campus based session of the LeaderShape Institute!

ETSU Leadershape 2017 from ETSU SORC on Vimeo.

What is LeaderShape? 

LeaderShape is a 6 day, 5 night intensively fun leadership experience that's mission is "to be a part of creating a just, caring, thriving world." LeaderShape promotes team building, developing leadership skills, creating a vision for the future, and leading with integrity. Participants will spend time reflecting, sharing, listening, and participating in activities and simulations in small and large groups. LeaderShape provides an energized and interactive environment where everyone acts as a teacher and learner. 

Who is eligible? 

All ETSU students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. There is no limitation on class standing, campus involvement, or area of study. Application is competitive and priority will be given to students who will remain on campus for at least one more semester. 

Where is LeaderShape held? 

ETSU's campus based session of LeaderShape is held at Long View Ranch in Mosheim, TN. 

When is LeaderShape? 

The LeaderShape Institute is scheduled for May 8-13, 2017.

How much time am I committing? 

To complete the LeaderShape institute, students will be required to stay onsite at Camp Hope all six days and 5 nights of the program. Meals, lodging and all institute materials are provided. Transportation will be provided from ETSU to Camp Hope on the first and last day. Students will not be transporting themselves. 

What will I be doing at LeaderShape? 

The LeaderShape Institute is an exhilarating and exhausting experience. It is an Institute, and not a conference, meaning every participant and facilitator goes through all of the same sessions and programs together. There are early mornings (8:30 a.m.) as well as late nights (11 p.m.) filled with activities, simulations, an outdoor challenge course (half-day, low-ropes teambuilding experience), games and more! You will spend time working individually, as a "family cluster" (includes one faculty/staff member and 10-12 students), and as a learning community that includes all participants. There is also an evening with a Guest Leader Forum in which participants are exposed to "real world" role models. 

How do I apply for LeaderShape? 

Check out the LeaderShape website to find out more about the experience!  

Want to help us keep LeaderShape coming back each year? Sponsor a student! 

We are always in need of sponsors for LeaderShape at ETSU. If you/your department or business would like to sponsor a student, contact us at for more information. 

Daily Breakdown

DAY 1: Building Community

You'll begin to explore what leadership means and discuss its core components. You'll meet the other participants in the "Learning Community," and you'll also join 8-12 other young adults in a group called the "Family Cluster." As your primary reference group, the Family Cluster will offer you feedback, support, and help you develop and refine your vision for the future.

DAY 2: The Value of One, The Power of All

You'll begin the second day in an experiential team building activity. By working your way through a series of initiatives and discussions, you'll discover how relationships, trust, and problem solving can be enhanced in a supportive group setting. Next you'll add another dimension to your self-awareness by completing a behavioral style inventory. From that information, you'll have an opportunity to set several personal goals for the week and share those with members of your Family Cluster. You'll also participate in exercises which explore the concept of "inclusive leadership" and how to create communities which value respect, openness, and diverse opinions.

DAY 3: Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be

Creating a powerful vision is one of the most important aspects of leadership! During this exciting day, you'll begin work developing your own vision for the future which defines a bold change for your community, group, cause, or organization back home. The evening will conclude with a Guest Leader Panel and Reception. This is your opportunity to interact with leaders from different professions. Using an informal question-and-answer format, these individuals will share their insights and experiences related to the challenges of "leading with integrity."

DAY 4: Bringing Vision to Reality

A vision is only a dream unless it results in action. Three key requirements will be discussed (relationships, stretch goals, and action steps) which move a vision forward. In addition, the issue of power will be explored in a dynamic group simulation exercise.

DAY 5: Living and Leading With Integrity

The concept of "integrity" is a challenging one, but central to LeaderShape's philosophy of lifelong leadership development. You will discuss how core ethical values, thoughtful decisions, and courage all play critical roles in sustaining integrity and fostering trust and respect. During the afternoon, you'll have open time to discuss "burning issues" before you prepare for a creative Family Cluster LeaderShape Revue in the evening.

DAY 6: Staying in Action

On this final day, you'll prepare to return home and face your responsibilities as a LeaderShape graduate who practices the discipline of "leading with integrity." You'll learn what it means to be a part of the nationwide LeaderShape community - a network of mutual encouragement and support. A Learning Community commencement ceremony concludes the week.

DAY 7: Back on Campus

Although the LeaderShape Institute lasts only 6 days, "Day 7" refers to all the programs and activities that happen on campus once you return from LeaderShape. There will be "Day 7" activities on campus help you stay connected with your Family Cluster and other participants. You will find support for continuing the work you started during the week throughout your time at East Tennessee State University and beyond through Day 7 events. 

Schedule at a Glance

Day One: Building Community
Noon-4:00 p.m. Registration
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Welcome
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m.-7:40 p.m. Learning Community
7:40 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Introduction to Family Clusters
9:35 p.m.-10:10 p.m. Learning Community

Day Two: The Value of One, The Power of All
7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Inspiration
8:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Team Challenge Course
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
1:15 p.m.-3:10 p.m. Learning Community
3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Family Cluster
4:20 p.m.-5:05 p.m. Learning Community
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m.-10:20 p.m. Learning Community

Day Three: Challenging What Is, Looking to What Could Be
7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Family Cluster Inspiration
8:40 a.m.-9:20 a.m. Interactive Simulation
9:30 a.m.-10:10 a.m. Learning Community
10:15 a.m.-11:10 a.m. Family Cluster
11:15 a.m.-Noon Learning Community
Noon-2:00 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Learning Community
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Vision Refinement
4:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Tomorrows Headlines
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m.-7:10 p.m. Family Cluster Inspiration
7:10 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Guest Leader Forum/Reception

Day Four: Bringing Vision to Reality
7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Family Cluster Inspiration
8:40 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Learning Community
10:00 a.m.-Noon Family Cluster
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Learning Community
1:35 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Family Cluster
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Learning Community
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m.-9:05 p.m. Learning Community
9:05 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Interactive Simulation (Family Cluster)

Day Five: Living and Leading with Integrity
7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Family Cluster Inspiration
8:40 a.m.-9:05 a.m. Learning Community
9:15 a.m.-10:05 a.m. Family Cluster
10:15 a.m.- 11:55 a.m. Learning Community
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.-4:10 p.m. Learning Community
4:10 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Free Time
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Learning Community
8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Family Cluster

Day Six: Staying in Action
7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-8:40 a.m. Family Cluster Inspiration
8:40 a.m.-10:25 a.m. Learning Community
10:35 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony

News & Events 

The LeaderShape Institute is scheduled for May 8-13, 2017. 

 There is a $25 registration fee that will be due once students are selected.  Selected students will be notified with more information.


 Emerging Leaders - Emerging Leaders Academy 

Current Leaders - The Leading Edge 

2014 LeaderShape video

 The 2017 LeaderShape Institute will be held at Long View Ranch in Mosheim, TN. 

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Click Here to see Student Video of 2014 LeaderShape at ETSU





















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