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LeaderShape at MIT: An IAP Must!

The time has come again to get yourself ready for the experience that is LeaderShape!

An international organization with opportunities and programs on college campuses everywhere, LeaderShape takes the discussion around leadership beyond whether you are President or Secretary, beyond “Do we have the budget to order Pad Thai for 200 people?,” beyond any awards ceremony.  LeaderShape is an experience that will help you discover, put into words, hone, plan for, and get absolutely pumped for your own personal vision of leadership and the positive change you want to bring to the world!

DON’T BE THIS CHILD! Take change into your own hands and create your own vision for leadership that may change the world!

LeaderShape is an intensive 6-day leadership development and community-building program over IAP each year.  Join MIT faculty and staff and 70 of your fellow undergraduates for this incredible experience!

Applications are now open at web.mit.edu/leadershape – so, go, click on the link now and apply… now!

The SAO does not recommend typing DWIGHT in repeatedly on your application to LeaderShape. That isn’t very leader-y.

LeaderShape will be held January 16th-21st, 2015, over IAP and transportation to the retreat location is provided from campus!

The Application Deadline is November 7th, which is like soon, so… like… get on it.  Again, apply here: web.mit.edu/leadershape

Info sessions to prepare attendees will be held on November 17th and Dec 3rd, but more info provided on those to folks who apply by November 7th!


We hope to see you at LeaderShape!

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Sign up for LeaderShape soon!

MIT’s annual Independent Activities Period will be upon us again before you know it, and with so many awesome activities and opportunities you can take part in, make sure LeaderShape is on your list of options to check out!

Our Director, Leah Flynn, wrote about last year’s MIT LeaderShape experience, and is very excited to invite MIT undergraduate students to apply to the 2014 MIT LeaderShape Institute!

Why should you attend?  Well, apart from the fact that LeaderShape has been inspiring and helping students create their own leadership vision since 1995 at MIT, the Institute is one the best opportunities to engage in discussions about leadership, personal goals, and crafting a plan to turn ideas into reality that will help shape the world around you.

And did we mention it is FREE?

Use all that money you saved by going to MIT LeaderShape Institute on all the fabulous hair product you want!

Applications are due next week, Friday November 9th, and the Institute itself takes place January 17-22, 2014.

Still not convinced?  Check out some of these quotes from previous attendees:

“This was hands-down one of the best experiences of my life.  I feel both inspired and empowered to find my own style of leadership, and take it to affect positive change in my community.  Every MIT student should do this.” ~ LS participant
“No classroom can teach what I learned at LeaderShape.  I still find myself looking back at it as the most valuable experience at MIT.” ~ LS participant
“LeaderShape changed how I view the world and people in it.” ~ LS participant

We hope to see you in January!

–Joel P.

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Add LeaderShape to your MIT Bucket List

In mid-January, 65 MIT students and 14 MIT staff and faculty made the trek to Sharon, MA (close to Patriots stadium – so close in fact, you might hear the roar of the crowd during game days) to spend six days with each other to talk about leadership. SIX DAYS? Leadership? In the middle of nowhere, MA? Why?

I will tell you why; as my third time of being a LeaderShape facilitator, I cannot think of a better way for MIT students to spend time engaged in dialogue and activity  around this topic of leadership and vision-creation. If we are to be the global innovators and entrepreneurs of the future, we must engage ourselves in honest and open discussion in what it means to be a leader in 2013. And all the possibilities that come from within us to tackle that very task. LeaderShape, a nationally recognized program where thousands of college students participate in annually all over the country (www.leadershape.org), focus on the core elements of the program: integrity, leadership, personal leadership development and vision creation. When approaching problem-solving for issues big and small, LeaderShape reminds us to have a “healthy disregard for the impossible” and truly consider to imagine a world that we would like to live in. What would we create? What would we want to eradicate? Whom would we want to empower? Or whom would we want to educate? And why is that important to us?

MIT Leadershape 2013

MIT Leadershape 2013

The possiblities are endless for students at LeaderShape to consider; which is why the program is so popular among our community. Conversations on leadership and changing the world go beyond the 8AM – 10PM scheduled conference times; in MIT fashion, these discussions with 65 of your peers can carry on into the wee morning hours of the spacious conference center; a conference center that holds many different cozy “pockets” of seating areas, complete with fire places and late night snacks. For six days, you leave the world of MIT, and enter into a completely different realm of possiblity and growth. You not only discover who you are as a person, but also discover that you are in fact a leader, you just did not realize your potential yet. We all have that spark of change within us ready to get out onto paper and tell our friends about – and LeaderShape is the place to do just that. To form lasting, strong bonds and relationships, to have fun, to have laugh, to grow. We welcome you to join us next IAP – applications will be available in November 2013 and open to all undergraduate students!

For more information on dates on the program as well as applicantion information, visit http://studentlife.mit.edu/sao/leadership/leadershape.


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