Workshops

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. 

The curriculum for each workshop are built with learning outcomes focused on addressing the competencies from the Illinois Model of Leadership.

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All workshops are traditionally 60 minutes in length, highly experiential, and delivered by ILC trained facilitators. Like all ILC programs & services, these workshops are offered to Illinois students and 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 leadership@illinois.edu to request an estimate.

 Due to COVID-19, some of the workshops are not being offer at this time.

Please go to https://leadership.illinois.edu/fall-2020-opportunities to see what workshops are available and access the request form.

 

   

 

Workshop Wednesday Series

On Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters, 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.

Please note due to COVID-19, our Workshop Wednesday Series has been modified to occur on various days of the week and are now being offered via Zoom or In-Person.

Please go to https://leadership.illinois.edu/fall-2020-opportunities to see the dates and locations for our modified workshop series this fall semester. 

 

 

 

Workshop Descriptions

 

 

 

   

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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Self-KnowledgeReflection

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Learn more at https://leadership.illinois.edu/cliftonstrengths

         
 

 

 

   

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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Communication, Relationship Management

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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. 

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Group Dynamics, Common PurposeCommunication

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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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Empathy, Openness

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Empathy 

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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Empathy, Reflection

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Feedback

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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Communication, Relationship Management

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Grit & Growth Mindset

The concepts of grit and growth mindset involve thinking about ways to re-frame difficult situations and to exhibit resilience and perseverance to obtain long-term goals. In this workshop, participants will learn how to build their grit and develop a growth mindset to work towards completing their long-term goals.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Openness, Self-Management

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Human Dignity

Human dignity is defined as being able to recognize the worth of all people, something that is so important for today’s leaders to be able to recognize. In this workshop, attendees will explore how to ensure human rights are a priority and how to turn their vision into responsive action. Participants will engage in activities and discussions with their peers to understand Steinmann’s 3 Principles of Human Dignity, discuss advantages and disadvantages of universal human rights standards, and practice an example of problem-setting.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Human Dignity, Social Justice

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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. 

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Self-KnowledgeSelf-Management

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Listening

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. 

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: CommunicationSelf-Knowledge

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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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Self-Knowledge

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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. 

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Self-Management

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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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Common Purpose, Systems Thinking, Change Management

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Teamwork

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.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Common PurposeGroup Dynamics

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