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Institute for Leadership Studies

Creating capacity for thriving in the face of challenge, conflict, and change.

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Introduction to Leadership Studies Course LDST 200

Summer Course Alert!

Are you interested in taking a summer course? Want to expand your leadership capacity? Consider taking LDST 200 this summer from June 7th to July 1st. If you are not planning on taking any summer courses but are interested in this course, we will be offering it this fall 2022.
ILS Mission

Institute for Leadership Studies

In the Institute for Leadership Studies we work in "creating the capacity for Jayhawks to thrive in the face of challenge, conflict, and change!"
Leadership Studies Minor and Leadership Engagement Certificate

Undergraduate Students

Hello undergraduate students! Do you want to add a minor or certificate to your degree? Check out our Leadership Studies Minor and Leadership Studies Certificate. Both programs offer a variety of courses and leadership opportunities.
ILSL Book recommendations for 2022

Book Recommendations

Happy Summer! Here are four books we love in the Institute for Leadership Studies and are reading in 2022.
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See Yourself

The ILS is the interdisciplinary academic home for leadership studies at KU that support's KU's mission of educating students who can effectively engage in the process of leadership with innovative, interdisciplinary academic programs. Through the ILS these academic programs are collaboratively designed to educate and prepare students to make a difference from where they are with what they have, developing the courage and leadership skills to ignite positive change.

Alumni & Friends Testimonials

Interested in Leadership Studies?

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Meet Leonor Ramos-Salamanca

A senior from Johnson majoring in psychology. While at KU, she met individuals who motivated and inspired her to set goals that go beyond her own expectations.

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Kelly Houghteling, Deputy Town Administrator

HAWKS to WATCH: Kelly Houghteling

Deputy Town Administrator, Kelly Houghteling shares with us her exciting story.

Check out her story