Institute for Leadership Studies

Institute for Leadership Studies

The Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) supports the university’s mission of preparing students for a diverse and challenging world through innovative, interdisciplinary curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our programs inspire students to make a difference from where they are with what they have because we envision a world mobilized by Jayhawks with the courage and leadership skills to ignite positive change.

The ILS engages students across campus and from all disciplines in learning to do the work of leadership through a variety of programs designed to complement any degree or career path, in residence and online.  The Leadership Studies Minor (LSM) serves as the centerpiece of our undergraduate curriculum, offering students opportunities to work in a small-group environment, developing universal professional skills that are highly valued in today’s workforce.  Through innovative coursework, students practice diagnosis, problem-solving, and ethical decision making while developing a self-awareness which enhances tolerance for ambiguity, empathy, perspective-taking, and active reflection while increasing understanding of diversity.  The combination of theoretical and experiential coursework allows students to frame existing leadership experiences, explore new leadership opportunities, and engage their disciplinary content with greater confidence and efficacy.

In addition to the LSM, undergraduate students may elect to complete the Leadership Engagement Certificate, the Online Leadership Strategies and Applications certificate, or participate in Leadership Studies centered study abroad experiences.