Leadership Institute

Walk a mile in the shoes of those who know what it means – and what it takes to inspire others.

The Leadership Institute offers students an outlet for enhancing their ability to inspire and influence people in reaching a collective goal before they begin their collegiate careers. Personal growth, exploration and reflection promote students who will be prepared to make a difference in their communities and create positive change in the world.

At a Glance


Dates: July 8-13, 2018

Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen

Program Length: 1-week sessions

Program Tuition: $2,250 

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus

Residential or Non-Residential:  Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Leadership Institute participants.

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What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered

  • Relationship management, self and social awareness, and team dynamics
  • Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Personal brand management
  • Understanding failure tolerance and how to manage and learn from failure
  • Cultural awareness, diversity and inclusion
  • Case studies on ethical decision making

Hands-On Experience:

  • Participate in team-building by challenging yourself and leading your peers
  • Work with Wake Forest faculty to develop your personal leadership skills
  • Visit with community leaders from corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to glean leadership lessons in practice
  • Exposure to and application of motivation and leadership techniques

Leadership Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,250

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and Program Introdion
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am – Workshop: Managing Your Personal Brand
  • 10:30 – 11:00 am – Guest Speaker: Impact of Leadership Locally and Globally
  • 11:00 – 11:30 am – Leadership Roundtable
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Motivation Session: How do you motivate yourself and others?
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Workshop: Team Dynamics and Motivation
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Breaking Boundaries – Team Building and Conflict Management Exercise
  • 2:00-3:00 pm – Case Studies: Leadership, Ethics, Motivation
  • 3:00-4:00 pm – Guest Speaker: Leadership and Service
  • 4:00 – 4:30 pm – Activity: Create a Personal Action Plan
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Debrief for the next day
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00  – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out