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. These workshops are also available for individual students looking to develop their leadership capabilities 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 UIUC students and student groups at no additional cost to them. Service fee may be associated for all other individuals or groups.  

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Workshop Wednesday Series

On Wednesdays, the ILC offers a workshop series open to all UIUC 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. 

To view a list of upcoming workshops, click here.

Space is limited so registration is required to attend Wednesday's workshops. To register, click here to log into our website and go to ‘Registration’ on the menu list and select ‘Workshops’. Choose your workshop to sign up. To view the cancellation policy, please click here.


We currently offer the following workshops:

CliftonStrengths® for Students: 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. Prior to the workshop, participants must complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment which generates your top five talent themes.

  • All UIUC students are able to complete StrengthsFinder at no additional cost, one-time only. For non-UIUC students or students who want to retake assessment, there is a small fee to access StrengthsFinder. Further instructions to access and complete the assessment will be shared once a workshop has been confirmed. 

CliftonStrengths® for Students: Team Development

This workshop is designed to enhance your understanding of your talents, as well as the talents of others, to work effectively within a group setting to achieve a common purpose. Participants must have attended the Self Discovery workshop first before participating in this workshop.

  • If you or your group have not participated in the Self Discovery workshop but are looking for a session on team development, then we recommend attending or requesting the Teamwork workshop.  

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 use a real example of conflict in our lives to practice different techniques of conflict resolution and leave with techniques to apply in other scenarios.


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.


This workshop is focused on two aspects of empowerment: self/individual motivation and organizational empowerment. Together, we will learn more about scientific theories of motivation and how to apply those behavioral concepts to day-to-day tasks. Participants will leave with a toolkit of strategies for both improving themselves and their organizations.

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. 

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

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