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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 Leadership Studies faculty and your peers to dive into challenges that are most important to you. The Staley School of Leadership Studies, the Graduate School, 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 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
  • Develop capacity for inclusive leadership practice
Participant Testimonials

Here's what some previous participants had to say about the program and how they will implement what they learned.

"The content really got me to think deeper about leadership and what it means not only to me in my career and community but also what it means to others."

"I used to believe leadership is all about the leader. Now, I know everyone is involved in the process."

"I plan to actively engage others who do not agree with me on issues in order to better understand their point of view."

"The peer consultations taught me to really look at a situation from someone else's perspective, which I think is the most important part of trying to understand a situation."

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

"I plan to utilize the leadership skills I have identified and work to improve some of my weaker areas by stepping outside of my comfort zone."

Spring 2019 Schedule

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

Workshop Sessions

Friday, February 8, 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Friday, March 1, 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

All sessions will be held in the Leadership Studies Building. 

Over these four sessions, participants will build community and be introduced to a learning framework designed to help them explore the role that leadership can play in your personal and professional lives. You will develop leadership competencies to make progress on adaptive challenges. We will engage in reflection and explore application of leadership to current and future roles.

Peer Consultation Meetings

90 minutes each
Various times and locations as identified by your group

Using a peer coaching process, you will engage in three small group learning community meetings designed to help you make progress on personal/professional challenges. 

Access to Kansas Leadership Center Resources

Participants will have access to Your Leadership Edge book and online resources from the Kansas Leadership Center for the length of the program.


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 form opening November 12)

Application deadline: December 14, 2018 at 5:00 pm

Up to 40 K-State graduate students will be selected for participation in the program. Applicants will be notified about selection by January 25, 2019.


The Spring 2019 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.