The Department of Student Life - Leadership Programs is committed to offering the UA community diverse, engaging, and innovative leadership development opportunities to foster an environment where more confident, effective, and ethical leaders can grow.

General Program Information

The goal of our programs is to educate individuals about leadership as it relates to the development of self, understanding of others, and use in the various contexts that make up our day to day environments.

  • Our programs generally run between 1-2hrs and are hosted throughout each semester in the Student Union. These programs are free for all students, faculty, and staff to attend.

Everyone can be a Leader: Leadership 101

Whether you already hold a leadership position on campus or are just beginning to explore the idea of leadership, this workshop is for you. Join us as we explore how leadership is defined and put into practice. Leadership Programs believes that everyone is capable of leading, regardless of who you are. Come find out how you can use your personal strengths to become an effective leader!

Leading with a Purpose: Putting Your Values into Action

Knowing yourself is the foundation to being an effective leader. Join Leadership Programs as we help you explore your personal values and how you can incorporate them into your leadership style. Find out how harnessing your personal passions can make you a more dynamic and inspirational leader!

From Forming to Performing: Developing Team Cohesion

Working in teams is an inevitable part of leadership. Join Leadership Programs as we explore how to put a team together, what to expect as a team develops, and how to prepare for hurdles that can arise along the way.

You Don't need a Title to be a Leader

Can you contribute to an organization without a title? Leadership Programs think so! Join us as we explore how you can be a good “citizen” of your organization and make positive contributions from every level. We’ll discuss how to deal with unexpected change, confusion, and how to make the best use of the resources and influence you have, no matter what position you’re in.

Leadership for Introverts

Students will gain an introductory understanding of how introverted traits influence personality types, working styles, and leadership styles. Students will learn how to avoid pitfalls associated with being introverted, as well as how to work with various personality types.

Be the Change: An Introduction to Servant-Leadership

The idea of servant-leadership sounds very much like a paradox, but as we examine the legacy of successful leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, we find just how effective and powerful this leadership style really is. Fortune 500 companies such as Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Southwest Airlines use this leadership model every day with tremendous results. Find out how serving those you lead can pave the way to incredible outcomes!


Our society has become very focused on leaders, but what about the followers? This workshop will explore the significance followers have in an organization and the powerful impact that have on their leaders. Join LeadAkron as we examine what bad followership looks like and how to be a good follower through discussion and interactive exercises. Whether you are in a leadership or followership role, this workshop covers crucial information that you need to know to create a successful team!

Women in Leadership

Being a woman called to leadership means facing a unique set of challenges. Despite having made tremendous progress, women still experience wage gaps, and are outnumbered by men in top executive positions 75% of the time. In this new, three-part series, we will explore ways in which women can capitalize on their unique strengths and issues of inequality, through videos, discussion, and interactive exercises.

True Colors Series

True Colors: Understanding Yourself
True Colors™ is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Green, Blue and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors.

Each of us has a combination of these True Colors that make up our personality spectrum, usually with one of the styles being the most dominant. Identifying your personality and the personalities of others using True Colors provides you with insights into different motivations, actions and communication approaches.

In this introductory workshop, you will identify your color spectrum based on your personality traits and learn how your True Colors affects your leadership style and approach to working with others.

True Colors 2.0: Understanding Others
True Colors™ is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament. The colors of Orange, Green, Blue and Gold are used to differentiate the four central personality styles of True Colors.

In part two of our True Colors series, you will begin to explore personality types that are different from yours, increase your insight into different working styles, and how to best collaborate a variety of people.

Since this session will build upon the foundation of True Colors, it is important that you have attended “Introduction to True Colors” or have attended a similar session to know your color spectrum.

Lead Akron Speaker Series

Each semester we bring in speakers to from various fields to discuss leadership and share their experiences with The University of Akron students.

Values and Leadership

Identifying, understanding, and living your personal values are essential facets of leadership. Knowing your values and understanding the impact they have on your decisions and leadership style shapes the way you participate in groups/organizations. Value driven actions are themselves neither good nor bad, but when a group of individuals share values and judge others’ actions based on those collective values, they become the basis for determining if those actions were ethical. Understanding your values and how to align those values with groups will help you to effectively practice leadership in any organization.Participants who attend this session will:• Identify their personal values• Be able to articulate those values to others• Develop an understanding of group/organizational values• Learn about ethics and its centrality to leadership

Developing Team Cohesion

The Developing Team Cohesion seminar is designed to educate participants on building teams, developing a common purpose, understanding of why teams fail, and the life cycle of a team. This information is important because a group of individuals is not automatically a team. Understanding how to forge those groups into teams that have a common purpose and perform synergistically will allow your organization to operate at a higher level.Participants who attend this session will:• Learn how to establish a common purpose for a group/organization• Developing an understanding of why teams fail and how to engage in positive turbulence• Learn to identify the stages a group goes through while becoming a team• Experience those stages of team development• Practice identifying other’s strengths and placing them in roles that play to those strengths

Organizational Citizenship

Organizational Citizenship is the practice of discretionary behavior that promotes efficient and effective functioning of an organization. Organizations typically have few identified “leaders” amongst many “followers”. Organizational Citizenship explores how those “followers” and “leaders” can instead be a steward of leadership by becoming an organizational citizen. The information and techniques that are discussed and practiced can be applied to any organization that you are or will be a member of, helping you to be an effective leader when you are not in a defined leadership role.Participants who attend this session will:• Develop an understanding of organizational citizenship behaviors• Learn to embrace change and confusion so that it becomes a resource, rather than a barrier• Participate in team building activities that will challenge and support participants in the application of leadership skills

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Alison Doehring
Assistant Director, Student Life

Ashley Rastetter
Graduate Assistant, Leadership Programs

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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