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 Weekly Workshop series. See below for more information. 

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 student groups for free. Workshop requests must meet a minimum of 10 participants.

At a 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 to request an estimate.

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Leadership Workshop Series

Every week during the fall and spring semesters, the ILC offers a workshop series open to all Illinois students, hosted in the ILC Conference Room. Students can participate in any of the workshops whenever the workshop is being offered.


Workshop Topic

Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
CliftonStrengths for Students: Self-Discovery*

September 6, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

September 7, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Addressing Conflict in Teams

September 13

September 14
Practicing Servant Leadership

September 20

September 21
Working in Global Organizations

September 27

September 28
Leading with Empathy and Compassion

October 4

October 5
Sustainability: Solving Wicked Problems in Organizations

October 11

October 12
Telling My Leadership Story

October 18

October 19
Working in Global Organizations

October 25

October 26
Addressing Conflict in Teams

November 1

November 2
Leading with Empathy and Compassion

November 8

November 9
Practicing Servant Leadership

November 15

November 16
Telling My Leadership Story

December 6

December 7


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Space is limited, so registration is required to attend a workshop session. 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 session


All workshop sessions are held in the ILC Conference Room (Illini Union, Room 290) unless otherwise noted ahead of time.


Workshop Descriptions

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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 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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Addressing Conflict in Teams

Recognizing the importance of conflict in personal and professional relationships is a key skill in teamwork. 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 students assess their personal conflict management technique and learn strategies to build their conflict management skills. 

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Relationship Management, Openness, Group Dynamics



Leading with Empathy and Compassion 

Leaders usually desire to be empathetic but are often asked to make hard decisions that can hurt or disappoint others. In this workshop, participants will learn how to balance empathy and effectiveness through compassionate leadership.  Defining features of this workshop include practicing active listening, tools to prevent empathy burnout, and tips on how to give clear, direct feedback with care. Participants will have the opportunity to make the key connections between empathy, compassion, and leadership.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Empathy, Communication, Reflection

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Working in Global Organizations

Today, many companies rely on a diverse workforce to offer the greatest expertise. This brings people together from various cultures and work experiences and offers a wide range of perspectives on strategy and organizational challenges. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify challenges of working in global teams and organizations and practice frameworks that can help them to overcome these challenges. Participants will become familiar with best practices for navigating situations where cultural differences are present. 

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Self-Knowledge, Group Dynamics, Global Competence

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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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Telling My Leadership Story

What makes you an authentic leader? By telling personal leadership stories, people are able to reflect on different aspects of leadership such as their values and beliefs, their goals, the actions that they take to achieve those goals, and why their role as a leader is important. In this workshop, participants will learn the purpose of telling their leadership stories and how to tell a story that represents their purpose as a leader. Participants will be able to draft and practice telling their story in a way that highlights who they are as a leader. 

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Empathy, Relationship Management, Common Purpose



Practicing Servant Leadership

Anyone can be a leader – but what about a servant leader? The main goal of a Servant Leader is to serve others. It means prioritizing others’ ideas and goals over your own and valuing relationships first in your leadership. In this workshop participants will learn the core competencies of Servant Leadership and reflect on what Servant Leadership means to them on a personal level. They will also practice and identify the differences between traditional and servant leadership.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Service-Minded, Self-Knowledge, Common Purpose, Human Dignity

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Sustainability: Solving Wicked Problems in Organizations

Sustainability is a complex, ever-changing, wicked problem, so how can leaders begin to find solutions? Developed in collaboration with the Student Sustainability Committee, this workshop asks students to identify wicked questions within sustainability issues and navigate the different perspectives and priorities that inform solutions.  Students will leave with tools and practices that sustainability-minded leaders can use in their organizations.

Illinois Leadership Competencies Addressed: Sustainability, Systems Thinking, Social Justice

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