Designed by the llinois Leadership® Center (ILC), a variety of leadership development workshops are available to academic classes, Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and other student groups upon request.


These workshops are also available for individual students through our Workshop Wednesday Series. 

All workshops are traditionally 60 minutes in length, are highly experiential, and are delivered by ILC trained facilitators. Like all ILC programs & services, these workshops are offered to Illinois students and student groups for free.

At minimum, a $100 service fee per hour (including any prep work and presenting) is associated for all groups that are not primarily Illinois students. Please contact for questions and to request an estimate.


Workshop Wednesday Series

On Wednesdays, the ILC offers a workshop series open to all Illinois students. Students can participate in any of the workshops whenever the workshop is being offered. All workshops are held at the Illinois Leadership Center (290 Illini Union) unless otherwise noted. Space is limited so registration is required to attend Wednesday's workshops. To register, students will need to follow these steps:

Step #1: Go to

Step #2: Login using your Illinois Net ID

Step #3: Click on the Registration tab to select and register for the appropriate workshop 



We currently offer the following workshops:

CliftonStrengths for Student: Self-Discovery

This workshop is designed to help you understand your talents to improve your own self-efficacy and awareness, as well as to leverage your talents in your academic life and beyond. Prior to the workshop, participants must complete the CliftonStrengths assessment which generates your top five talent themes.

Communication Skills

Communication is essential for effective leadership. This workshop engages participants in a self-assessment which seeks to share and analyze four common communication styles. Then, participants discuss the differing styles and the ways that each style contributes meaningfully and adds challenges to group dynamics.

Conflict Management

A common misconception is that conflict is always negative. However, in this workshop, we explore how conflict often arises, and how it can be used as an opportunity for change and greater understanding. We will help stuudents assess their personal conflict management technique and learn a strategy to address conflict. 

Dare to Lead

“Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up.” – Brené  Brown.  This session will unpack Brené Brown’s concept of a brave leadership and discuss the four skills needed to lead courageously.  Participants will engage in interactive activities and discussion to explore what it means to rumble with vulnerability.


Empathy is defined as the ability to understand, affirm, and share the feelings of another. In this workshop, participants will engage in defining empathy for themselves, as well as how to assess and develop their empathy skills. Defining features of this workshop include completing an empathy inventory, engaging in discussion questions, and practice of active listening. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to make the key connections between empathy and leadership.


Being able to give and receive feedback is an essential component to leadership and management.  In this session, participants will distinguish feedback from evaluation, discuss methods for developing rapport, and practice feedback approaches.

ILI: Illinois Leadership Inventory

In this workshop, you will learn more about the Illinois Model of Leadership and discover courses, events, and resources to enhance your leadership abilities through self-assessing your leadership skills using our online module. 


Listening is an essential, but often overlooked component for effective communication.  In this session, participants will identify the four common communication goals and determine their preferred listening style. 

Personal Development: Self-Knowledge

Strong ethical leaders know their core values and have the courage to act with integrity. In this workshop, participants visualize and articulate their personal legacy. Then, they will develop steps to work toward this goal, which include establishing the center of a Circle of Influence and a personal mission statement.

Personal Development: Self-Management

This workshop highlights the importance of self-management: tips and strategies to train yourself to accomplish goals that align with your core personal values. This session will provide training on how to create and prioritize strategic goals, manage time effectively, and take action to implement your goals.

  • It is highly encouraged to participate in the Self-Knowledge workshop before the Self-Management workshop, but not required.  

Strategic Planning for Organizations 

Being an effective leader requires being able to envision and accomplish goals that align with your organization's passions and values. This workshop engages participants in brainstorming and articulating their organization's vision, and provides the background knowledge and strategies that will help their group reach their goals.


Though leadership is often associated with personal skills and development, it is just as important to consider leadership in team-based scenarios. This interactive workshop involves activity where participants have to work together to accomplish a task, which is then used as a example to explain both effective and challenging behaviors of teams.