LEAP Applications Now Open - May 18th 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 30, 2018 there will be a full-day orientation and introductory meeting. Beginning September 6, 2018, LEAP participants will meet every other Thursday from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., with the exception of Sessions III and VI which will meet from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Learning topics will include: Leadership, Performance Management, Professional Branding, Team Facilitation, Change Management, Conflict Resolution & Ethical Decision Making, Valuing Diversity, and Leaving a Legacy.

Session Schedule l Fall 2018

Date Session Presenters Location  

August 30

  • Kick Off
  • Mr. Austin Check
  • Mr. Darrell Easley
  • Ms. Angie Chrestman
  • Ms. Jan Fitzgerald

181 McArthur
Sanderson Center Conference &
Studio B


September 6

  • Welcome
  • Self-Awareness using DISC
  • Dr. Allison Pearson
  • Mr. Darrell Easley
  • Mr. Austin Check

181 McArthur Hall

IAP (Topic); Mentor Assignments

September 20

  • Professional Branding
  • Dr. Mike Breazeale

181 McArthur Hall

“The Fred Factor” discussion (1)

October 4

  • True Leadership
  • Small Group Leadership
  • Ms. Amy Tuck
  • Mr. Austin Check

181 McArthur Hall

Potluck lunch;
Graduation Project Planning

October 18

  • Adventures in Divergent Thinking
  • Dr. Danny Holt

181 McArthur Hall

“The Fred Factor” discussion (2);
IAP Follow-Up

November 1

  • Change Management
  • Dr. James Vardaman

181 McArthur Hall

Graduation Project Planning

November 15

  • University & Community Relations
  • Performance Management
  • Ms. Jennifer Prather
  • Ms. Judy Spencer

181 McArthur Hall

Potluck lunch;
“The Fred Factor” discussion (3)

November 29

  • Valuing Diversity and an Inclusive Workplace
  • Leave a Legacy
  • Program Wrap-Up
  • Ms. Ra’Sheda Boddie-Forbes
  • TBD

181 McArthur Hall

“The Fred Factor” discussion (4)
Graduation Project Planning

December 12

  • Graduation Reception

Parker Ballroom North, Hunter Henry Center

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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