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Programming


We believe that leadership is a skill. Like any skill, it can be harnessed, practiced, and honed. Our programming is dedicated to helping individuals excercise their "leadership muscle."

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Programming


We believe that leadership is a skill. Like any skill, it can be harnessed, practiced, and honed. Our programming is dedicated to helping individuals excercise their "leadership muscle."


Programming

The Leadership Institute is comprised of the four core projects listed below.
For more detailed descriptions and pictures of each of these key programs, continue scrolling down the page. 


Conferences/ Events

Through conferences and events hosted by the Leadership Institute, Yale students develop themselves as leaders by attending weekend retreats and conferences, working with leadership educators, attending speakers and workshops, and collaborating with other students. Conferences spark discussions that can't be found elsewhere on campus.

Leadership Teas

Leadership Teas allow the Yale community to interact with distinguished leaders in a personalized setting such as dinner. These experiences give students the chance to learn from the personal leadership experiences of successful role models. 

L.E.A.D. PrograM

The L.E.A.D program is an innovative four year leadership-training program meant to transform a small group Yale leaders through weekly personalized classes, workshops, galas, and internships. 30 Yale freshman are interviewed and selected to join the program, and complete L.E.A.D at the end of their senior year.

Youth Leadership Program 

Yale students work with the New Haven Mayor's Office and provide basic leadership training for Middle and High School students in the local community aimed at increasing self-confidence and personal leadership skills, and civic awareness.

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Conferences & Events


Conferences & Events



Conferences & Events

Our conferences and events enable students to develop leadership skills and access successful leaders. The event co-directors, who can be found under the our board tab work with other leadership organizations to host meaningful events that seek to engage diverse groups of student.
Below is a list of our conferences that we host annually:


Perspectives on Leadership Conference

Set in the spring semester, the annual Perspectives on Leadership Conference (PLC) is a one-day conference that brings student leadership to life with compelling speakers, panels, and workshops. This one-day conference began in March 2008 as a joint conference between the United States Military Academy and the Leadership Institute at Yale. In 2012, the Leadership Institute increased the number of participant schools to include other military academies, Ivy League institutions, several leadership-related organizations across the country, and the Yale School of Management. The conference has traditionally explored the similarities and differences that unique leadership styles share based on individuals' backgrounds and experiences.

The last PLC conference took place on April 10th - 11th, 2015 at Yale University's Elm City Club. The conference focused on how various leadership styles develop in different fields (politics, the military,
 economics, business, academia, and non-profits) and from different backgrounds. The conference fostered meaningful relationships among leaders from different institutions and organizations across the nation. Using small-group settings to maximize the advantage of intimate interactions during simulations, discussions, and workshops, the conference hosted a total of five leadership experts from various fields. Past speakers have included Professor Thomas Kolditz from Yale University School of Management, Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management, Professor Victor Vroom from Yale University School of Management, BearingPoint Professor of Management & Professor of Psychology, Commander Arthur Gibb from United States Naval Academy, Charles Vogl an Executive Training and Story Coach, and more. 


Yale University President's Gala

The first hint of an event similar to the President's Gala was enacted in 2013, when the Leadership Institute at Yale hosted the first inaugural President's Dinner. This event brought together 25 of Yale College's most prominent student leaders in the hopes of creating a forum for creative innovative, and honest dialogue on effective leadership at Yale. That year, the keynote speaker was Linda Koch Lorimer, the Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives. She spoke about her own extensive leadership experience and moderated an engaging discussion on the nuances of leadership on campus.

This year, we are evolving the vision of the President's Dinner to become the President's Gala, to be held during the first semester. The Yale University President's Gala will be the only event at Yale that unites, and celebrates the diverse leadership among the student organizations of Yale. Every registered student organization (totaling 344 registered student organizations) will be allowed to nominate one outstanding individual from their organization to receive the Yale Recognition of Excellent Leadership Award. All organization honorees, along with two of the honorees guests, will be invited to the President's Gala. Three students, voted upon by the executives of Yale College Council and the Leadership Institute will be chosen as recipients of the award.

In addition to the student recipients, one outstanding honoree known for leadership in the global community will be awarded an honorary Recognition of Excellent Leadership Award. 


High School Yale Servant Leadership Conference (YSLC)  

In 2015, the Yale Leadership Institute will host it's inaugural Yale Servant Leadership Conference tailored towards high school students. The conference will focus on teaching students how to be a servant-leader, focusing primarily on the growth and well=being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the "top of the pyramid," servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first, and helps develop and perform as high as possible. The conference teaches students how to create a culture of servant leadership and coaches them on becoming a positive influence to those around them and their community at large. 

The second purpose of the YLSC conference is to allow high school students to interact with students from different school systems and share ideas that they may have in order to improve their schools. 


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L.E.A.D Program


L.E.A.D Program



L.E.A.D Program

With the provision of comprehensive skills-based leadership training, L.E.A.D. enriches a Yale academic education with a leadership education provided by experts. The program challenges the very notion of leadership, and strives to provide resources for a diverse range of leadership interests, including but not limited to: governance, business, academia, medicine and non-profit work. Participants will become stronger, more passionate, and visionary leaders who will serve as adaptive agents for positive change. 


About

L.E.A.D participants apply upon entering their freshman year at Yale and graduate from the program after four years. Upon graduation, participants receive a special certificate of completion with their diploma. We hope that participants will view their undergraduate years through the lens of the program, and will use the networks formed while at Yale to further their lifelong goals. L.E.A.D. encourages all participants to learn the skills necessary to live leadership as a way of life, and lead the way to a better future. The program is split into four different programs, each with a specified purpose:

 Year 1: Understanding OneselF 

This year concentrates on the self-awareness as an individual, how to channel and hone one's strengths, and learning to understand how personal weaknesses can be addressed effectively through leadership training. During this year, we hope program participants will gain a belief in leadership training as a continuous process that can always be improved through our weekly scheduled classes and monthly weekend workshops.

Year 2: Understanding Others

We want participants to see themselves and their efforts in relation to other people. Working on collective strengths and appreciating the similarities and differences in the skill set needed to lead oneself as compared to leading others is the focus of this year. These skills will be developed through formal bi-weekly classes and monthly workshops. We will facilitate additional small-group sessions

Year 3: Leadership In Action 

This year aims to apply the teachings of Year 1 and 2 to practical life situations and challenge, as well as encourage program participants to fully assume ownership and leadership in areas of interest to them - the L.I, other extra-curricular undertakings, within their work and internship settings, and so on. Direct contact with the formal academic program will be through bi-weekly seminars.

Year 4: Passing the Torch

The final year focuses on transferring the institutional memory and knowledge gained from L.E.A.D. to future generations of program graduates and setting up a profitable alumni network that L.E.A.D. participants will value and use for years to come.  Participants will organize their own meetings and agenda for this year.


L.E.A.D. Events

L.E.A.D. is designed to approach leadership as a set of skills that one can learn, expand, and continually improve on during one's Yale career. While we are determined to embrace the full range of leadership talents of the Yale student body, we want L.E.A.D. to demonstrate that being a leader in any capacity involves much more than "natural talent" and pursuing tradition roles. We recognize the dynamic nature of innovative and forward-looking leadership and want L.E.A.D. to ensure that Yale students have the transferable skills necessary to be resourceful and creative in their approach to leadership in whatever situation they may find themselves. L.E.A.D events are open to all members and alumni of the Leadership Institute and include... 

  • Leadership skills classes taught by School of Management professors, professional consultants, and special guest
  • A network of leadership resources such as internships, study abroad opportunities, and more
  • Simulations of real life leadership challenges created by professionals
  • Guest speakers from different fields and backgrounds of leadership
  • A strong network to L.E.A.D. alumni and mentors
  • Camaraderie and a family of fellow leaders

Photos from the L.E.A.D Program


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Leadership teas


Leadership teas


Leadership Teas

Leadership Teas offer Yale Students a way to intimately interact with world leaders. In partnership with residential college Masters, the Leadership Institute organizes living room chats with these leaders, giving the speakers an opportunity to share their leadership story while leaving time for an informal dialogue at the end. The Leadership Institute also hosts talks on campus for speakers with significant leadership experience. The speakers discuss the challenges they face as leaders and highlight important lessons to offer tips and advice for Yalies who will soon face similar situations and challenges.

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Youth Leadership Program


Youth Leadership Program


Youth Leadership Program

The Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is a partnership program between Yale and the New Haven Mayor’s Office and New Haven Youth Council that strives to increase leadership and civic engagement among local high school students. Every Wednesday afternoon, the YLP directors, all members of LI, work closely with the students. In the fall, they focus on developing skills through workshops and listening to speakers from the New Haven and Yale community. In the Spring, the YLI directors act as advisors for the students' community projects. These projects address a certain issue in the students' community and offer an opportunity for youth to voice their opinions. In addition, YLP hosts outside opportunities for the students, such as dinner at Yale and college application workshops.