LEAP Applications Now Open - May 15th Deadline

The Mission

LEAP will empower new supervisors and extremely high performing employees with a heightened self-awareness, advanced knowledge, and value-added leadership in a secure, but challenging environment.

The Program

LEAP is the University's premier leadership development program for professional staff. LEAP participants are chosen through a competitive nomination and selection process. The LEAP Application Packet is designed to assess qualifications, professional accomplishments, academic skills, and leadership abilities. The information provided will be used as the basis for invitation to participate in LEAP.

On August 18, 2017, there will be an orientation and introductory meeting. Beginning August 24, 2017, LEAP participants will meet every other Thursday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Sessions IV and VII which will meet from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Learning topics will include: True Leadership, Performance Management, Professional Branding, Team Facilitation, Change Management, Conflict Resolution & Ethical Decision Making, Valuing Diversity, and Leaving a Legacy.

In addition to the program, each employee will meet with a member of the University's executive leadership team, participate in engaging learning activities, and team building exercises.

LEAP Session Schedule :: Fall 2017
Orientation & Introductory Meeting
Session I
  • Self-Awareness using DISC
Session II
  • True Leadership
  • Performance Management
Session III
  • Professional Branding
Session IV
  • Conflict Resolution
Session V
  • Change Management
Session VI
  • University & Community
Session VII
  • Valuing Diversity and an Inclusive Workplace
  • Leave a Legacy
Session VIII
  • Program Wrap Up
LEAP Graduation

The Results

Graduates of LEAP will be in a prime position to influence their departments and the university as Mississippi State makes positive waves in the state, the nation, and the world.

Upon completion of LEAP, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify behaviors/motivators, as well as have the ability to identify these traits in others
  • Examine Relational Leadership while expecting results
  • Demonstrate strong presentation skills
  • Build and develop an effective team
  • Understand how to prioritize projects, tasks, meetings, to effectively get things done
  • Navigate successful change without leaving the team behind
  • Manage conflict and make smart, ethical decisions
  • Value the strength of a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Develop an Individual Action Plan to track their own professional growth

The Advantage

Employees participating in this program have already proven to the university they are ready to lead. LEAP will build on the strengths and experiences and stretch the possibilities of each individual. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” ~ Neale Donald Walsch. Ready to LEAP?

LEAP Application Packet