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Graduate Student Leadership Development Program

The Graduate Student Leadership Development Program (GSLDP) provides K-State graduate students an opportunity to develop leadership skills to make positive change in your work, studies, and student organizations. Through this semester-long experience, you will work with peers and professional leadership coaches to dive into challenges that are most important to you. The Staley School of Leadership Studies and the Kansas Leadership Center have created this program specifically for graduate students who want to move beyond technical expertise to solve problems.

Program learning objectives:

  • Distinguish between authority and leadership
  • Understand the concepts of adaptive leadership including diagnosing the situation, managing the self, intervening skillfully, and energizing others
  • Understand how to facilitate change in self, others, and community
  • Exercise leadership on difficult challenges in personal and professional settings

Participant Testimonials

Here's what some of the Spring 2016 participants had to say about the program.

"I completely enjoyed each aspect of the this program. The coaching portion was the most beneficial element of the program!"

"I will use the concepts from this program to engage and build relationships with everyone who may be invested in our work."

"In roles where I have the opportunity to delegate responsibility, I now will try to create leadership for others to allow them to become passionate about their job/task."

"I developed a better understanding of the importance of purposeful interaction with people who are different from me."
Spring 2017 Schedule

If accepted into the GSLDP, you must attend and participate in all program activities.

Introduction to Leadership Development

Wednesday, February 8
Leadership Studies Building

Introduction to the program, community, and learning framework. Participants will begin to explore the role that leadership can play in their personal and professional lives. 

Exercising Leadership for Change

Friday, February 24
Leadership Studies Building

Developing leadership competencies to make progress on adaptive challenges. Students will be introduced to the peer group and coaching calls that will occur throughout the program.

Leadership for What

Wednesday, April 26
Leadership Studies Building

Reflection on leadership learning from the program. Students will explore future applications.

Peer Consultation Meetings

90 minutes each

Three small group learning community meetings (various times) designed to help you make progress on personal/professional challenges. 

Kansas Leadership Center Coaching Sessions

30 minutes each

Participants will complete up to three coaching sessions via telephone with an ICF certified professional Kansas Leadership Center coach. These certified coaches will help reinforce leadership theory and principles, and encourage participants to experiment with applying the competencies to real-life challenges.


Graduate students who have had no leadership experience to those who have filled numerous leadership roles, to everyone in between is welcome to apply for this program.

Complete a brief online application form to be considered for the program.

Application deadline: January 20, 2017 at noon

Up to 30 K-State graduate students will be selected for participation in the program. Applicants will be notified about selection by January 30, 2017.


The Spring 2017 Graduate Student Leadership Development Program is sponsored by the Graduate School and the Staley School of Leadership Studies.

Questions about the Graduate Student Leadership Development Program may be directed to Megan Miller, Project Coordinator of Student Services, mmmiller@ksu.edu, or 785-532-6191.