LEAD LSU: Leading Self, Others, and the Organization

The heart of any successful organization is its people. LEAD LSU is designed to enhance the level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of LSU’s most important resources, its employees.  Teaching, learning, and empowering the transfer of knowledge; for the professional administrators chosen to participate in LEAD LSU, leadership beckons. The Lead LSU program consists of six full-day training sessions. Attendance is mandatory in order to successfully complete the program.


Formerly known as "LEAD . . . Emerge", Lead LSU is a leadership development program for high performing and emerging leaders at the university. The program focuses on building and enhancing leadership skills which support the University’s strategic objectives. Using self-awareness as a catalyst for professional improvement, the program incorporates a combination of individual and group experiential exercises and class projects designed to teach participants how to be a credible leader who can inspire, influence, and achieve results. The program is open to high performing faculty, unclassified and classified staff members with demonstrated leadership potential.


Participants are nominated by their supervisors or members of University Administration and chosen by a selection committee through careful analysis of nomination essay questions. After the nominator form is completed, each nominee will receive an email notification requesting their responses to a series of questions. The deadline to nominate someone for the spring 2020 program is February 17, 2020. To nominate, please visit the Lead LSU nomination site. There is a $200 non-refundable fee per chosen participant, which goes towards the cost of assessments and materials.

Program Benefits

  • Provide participants with a comprehensive view of their personal preferences and style.
  • Expose participants to new concepts regarding leadership and management.
  • Assist participants in creating a personal development plan.
  • Foster continued development through post-program follow-up.
  • Build relationships and enhance collaboration across University departments.

Participant Benefits

  • Receive feedback on their personal preference and style utilizing the Emergenetics assessment and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) appraisal tools.
  • Discover how to be a credible leader who can inspire, influence, and achieve results.
  • Understand the impact of their individual behaviors on the organization and within their own work team.
  • Explore their abilities and style in terms of LSU’s leadership/managerial core competencies such as: planning, goal setting, communication, team building, conflict management, coaching, organizational awareness, and managing resources.
  • Learn to adapt their leadership style to meet different situations and to embrace diversity and inclusiveness here at LSU.

Course Curriculum 

This leadership development series has been designed to enhance the skills of those newly and recently emerged managers as well as those with prior management experience who wish to enhance their leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors. Participants learn to lead themselves first, and then to interact more effectively with others, influence better decision making, and take a proactive stance with regards to work opportunities.  The LEAD LSU program consists of a series of full-day sessions. In each session, participants take part in an instructor-led and participant-centered lesson which includes self-discovery activities, peer discussions, and group experiential exercises. Throughout the program, participants identify actionable steps for applying what they learn as well as build an individual development plan for continuing their personal and professional development journey. 

The program consists of full day sessions focused on one of the three major areas of leadership excellence:

 Leadership Venn diagram. Text below.


Leading Self

  • Demonstrating ethics and integrity
  • Displaying drive and purpose
  • Exhibiting leadership stature
  • Increasing your capacity to learn
  • Managing yourself
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Developing adaptability

Leading Others

  • Communicating effectively
  • Developing others
  • Valuing diversity and difference
  • Building and maintaining relationships
  • Managing effective teams and work groups

Leading the Organization

  • Managing change
  • Solving problems and making decisions
  • Managing politics and influencing others
  • Taking risks and innovating
  • Setting vision and strategy
  • Managing the work
  • Understanding and navigating the organization