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  • Being a Leader in the Advertising Industry

    This blog sums up the leadership qualities necessary for success when working in an advertising agency. It teaches college students how to prepare for the industry by being mindful of the way they act and work with others.

  • What Actually Makes a Good Leader, May Not Be What You Think...

    We are always asked the question, "what makes a good leader?" Through all the different studies and approaches learned, I discovered what I believe makes a good leader and it may not be what you think.

  • Challenges You Need To Encounter As A Leader

    Leaders have the power to control people to do what they want. However, being a leader is not easy. He or she needs to face many challenges to build a strong, healthy working relationship with employees.

  • My Definition of Leadership

    I go into detail on what I believe is the true definition of leadership and how this reflects all the good leaders in our lives. I also give my perspective on the definition of leadership.

  • Jump Start Your Career with Leadership

    This blog post highlights the importance of leadership and how it can positively influence your career readiness. Leadership is about constantly learning and to do this you must seek out experiences that will enhance your life design.

  • Donaldson Gift to the Illinois Leadership Center Makes History

    The Illinois Leadership® Center (ILC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received the largest outright gift in the history of Student Affairs at Illinois with a $1.17 million gift from Jane and William (“Bill”) Donaldson.

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    The National Day of Encouragement- What is it?

    This post goes into depth on the National Day of Encouragement, a day that recognizes the importance of encouragement in our everyday lives. It'll go into more detail on the history, facts, and ways to increase the use of encouragement in your lives. 

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    The Effectiveness of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

    Since October is Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month, this post goes into detail on the importance of emotional intelligence and how to effectively use it in leadership. 

  • A Call to Action: Social Change in our Leadership

    This post goes into detail about what the Social Change Model of Leadership is and how we can use it in our every day lives with relation to leadership. 

  • The Importance of Diversity in Leadership

    This post discusses the importance of diversity in concepts of leadership and areas of life. 

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    Why YOU should consider the Leadership Studies Minor

    This post explains more information on the Leadership Studies Minor and gives student perspectives on the minor itself. 

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    The Role of Relationship Management in Leadership

    This post emphasizes the importance of relationship management in leadership. It goes into detail on ways to practice, understand, and learn from relationship management as a leader. 

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    Human Dignity in Leadership

    This post explains the importance of one of the ILC's competencies, human dignity, and how it is important in leadership. 

  • One Question to Answer Before Deciding Your Career Path

    Remember the saying that we all wanted to believe as kids? You can be anything you want to be when you grow up. One of the best ways to end up in the kind of career that earns you respect, recognition, success, and happiness is to do more of what you're good at.

    Click the title to read this article by Jessica Buono from Gallup with CliftonStrengths, one of the programs presented at the ILC!

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    How My Experience at The LeaderShape® Institute™ Shaped My Understanding of Social Justice

    The LeaderShape®  Institute™ was a great opportunity to learn more about social justice and hear from different viewpoints. My time at The LeaderShape®  Institute™  was very influential and I wanted to share how it helped my viewpoint of social justice. 

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    The Shared "We"

    This post goes into detail on the importance of Common Purpose in Leadership and how practicing this competency will make you a great leader. 

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    The Power of Integrity

    This post talks about power of integrity and what makes it so important in life and leadership. 

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    What does it mean to be an ethical leader?

    This post shares ways to be an ethical leader and practice integrity as a leader in our every day. The author shares some personal stories as well on the topic of integrity.

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    Sustainability in Leadership

    This post goes into depth on sustainability in leadership and emphasizes the importance of it. 

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    The Importance of Community to Leadership Practice

    This post explains the importance of community in leadership and guides you through different ways to be a leader in a community. 

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    Undertaking the Leadership Certificate with a Science PhD

    This post shares the experience of a Ph.D. student who also took on the Leadership Certificate Program, offered at the ILC. He talks about his experience, why he decided to do it, and the benefits that came out of the program for him. 

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    Empathy

    This post starts by comparing empathy to shoes, displaying a metaphor for being the listener for someone's story. This post also shares a comparison and a way to think of empathy in a different way. 

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    Innovation in Leadership

    This post goes into details on Innovation in leadership. It describes what innovation is and ways to embrace innovation in leadership and in our daily lives. 

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    Tips to Develop Yourself Over Summer

    This post gives 5 tips on ways to develop yourself over the summer. Summer gives us the opportunity to develop ourselves as we get a break after the long, hectic school year. There are many ways to help develop yourself this summer, but these are just 5 examples. 

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    The Influence of the ILC's Workshops on my Leadership Journey

    This post talks about the experience of a fellow student throughout her time on campus and how the workshops helped with her leadership development today. 

  • Recognizing my Strengths as a Leader

    This post talks about the experience of a Ph.D. student and how the ILC has influenced her journey. Through all the resources offered, she has been able to recognize her strengths as a leader.