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To transform the world by increasing the number of people who lead with integrity and have a healthy disregard for the impossible.


A just, caring, and thriving world where we all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible.

Leadershape Defines Leadership

Leadership involves living in the state of possibility, making a commitment to a vision, developing relationships to move the vision into action, and sustaining a high level of integrity. Effective leadership takes place in the context of a community and results in positive change.

A vision is a commitment from the heart and is inspired by having "a healthy disregard for the impossible" thinking; it is extraordinary - a stretch or breakthrough, it has a future-building focus, rather than a focus on fixing problems; it is a contribution, a benefit to and for the world. Bringing vision to action requires developing and maintaining relationships and sharing the vision to accelerate positive change within a community. Integrity means that one consistently makes decisions and takes action based on certain core ethical values. Those who lead with integrity have the courage of their convictions to "walk their talk." The results produced by those who effectively lead with integrity are an exceptional contribution to the world and its future. A world in which every person takes responsibility to lead with integrity would be an extraordinary place to live.

Leadership is not positional and does not require formal authority or personal charisma. Every person in the world has the capacity to effectively lead with integrity, and this capacity can be developed in all people who are committed to doing so. One's capacity to lead with integrity can be developed over time through disciplined practice. A commitment to the discipline of leadership development is a lifetime journey.

Leadershape 2014

Leadership & Student Involvement is excited to host an ODU LeaderShape conference May 13-18, 2014.

LeaderShape is a 6-day intensive leadership experience based on values and integrity. Students create a "vision" for themselves and work on the steps needed to put their vision into action. The ODU session of LeaderShape will be held on the Eastern Shore at YMCA Camp Silver Beach. ODU's LeaderShape 2014 is open to all ODU students. The registration fee is $50. Transportation to and from the site, as well as, all meals and housing are provided. Applicants must be able to commit for the entire duration of the program.

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Become a Leader

To nominate a student leader simply submit their name and contact information to Dionicia Mahler-Rogers via email at dmahlerr@odu.edu or by calling 757.683.3446.


What You Can Expect

  • Interactive programs
  • Small groups
  • Outdoor activities
  • Team building

What We Expect From You

  • Drug free
  • Full participation
  • No laptops, keep technology to a minimum