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Graduate Student Leadership Development Program

What is GSLDP?

Beginning in 2014, the University of Missouri System initiated the Graduate Student Leadership Development program to enhance the leadership development of their graduate students. Many graduate students spend a tremendous amount of time and effort on their thesis, comprehensive exam, or exit project and forget to better themselves professionally. It is our job as a campus to make sure that we are giving our students opportunities to develop "transferable skills" that they can utilize in their current and future careers. Students that complete the program will be awarded a UM Certificate in Leadership Development.

What are transferable skills?

Ruben’s (2006) Leadership Competency Scorecard (LSC 2.0) serves as our framework for leadership development. Ruben's model is grounded in the leadership literature and is particularly relevant for graduate students because it corresponds with employers’ expectations of new hires. Programming varies by site and is framed by the five competency areas of the LSC 2.0:


Illustrative Topics in GSLDP Curriculum
Analytical 360 assessment; situational analysis; critical thinking; problem solving; stakeholder analysis
Personal emotional intelligence; ethical leadership; creativity; 
Communication academic writing; storytelling; difficult conversations; diversity; mindfulness; team building
Organizational empowerment; goal setting; project management
Positional higher ed, nonprofit, industry, government & entrepreneurial careers

Ruben, Brent D. (2006). What Leaders Need to Know and Do: A Leadership
Competencies Scorecard. Washington, DC: National Association of College
and University Business Officers.

Who can participate?

The GSLDP invites 32 highly motivated, full-time, on-campus graduate students (8 from each campus) to participate in 4 workshops held on each UM System campus. UMSL allows masters, specialist, and doctoral students to apply and participate. Each student that that is selected must attend all 4 workshops throughout the calendar year. (Each workshop is approximately a day and a half long.). Students are provided all materials, transportation, meals, and hotel rooms by the UM System.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2017 have closed! If you are interested in joining the 2018 cohort, come back to this website in November!

All graduate students that meet the criteria above are invited to send in an application to The Graduate School at Every calendar year, applications are released in early November and due by the beginning of December.  Each application must accompany a personal statement and a letter of recommendation from the student's academic advisor and/or program director.

2017 Conference Dates

University of Missouri, Columbia : February 23-24, 2017
University of Missouri, Kansas City: April 20-21, 2017
University of Missouri, St. Louis: September 28-29, 2017
Missouri University of Science & Technology: November 16-17, 2017

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Check out previous photos at the GSLDP Facebook page!

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Jack Harms, Chemistry
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Claire Martin, Education (Counseling)
Katie Meyer, Education (Counseling)
Julia Wilkins, Education (Ed Pract)
Emma Young, Biology

Jennifer Culver, Counselor Education
Matt Fanning, Social Work
Cherrell  Green, Crim. & Criminal Justice
Sarah Hill, Psychology 
Kimia Kajbaf, Biology
Myrta Vida, Fine Arts
Joe Nagel, School Psychology
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