At LEAD, we are extremely fortunate to be able to work for a cause that we truly believe in: the development of more effective, ethical leaders for the world. This is not just a slogan, but something that inspires and drives us. We are especially fortunate to be able to work with a team of students, faculty and staff that care deeply about their work and who help to inspire positive change for individuals, groups and society as a whole.
These days we need leadership and ethics education more than ever. This is what LEAD is actively focused on and we could really use your help to make our efforts go even further. This Giving Tuesday, if you are able, we would be truly grateful if you could make a donation (no amount is too small) to help us achieve our vision of more effective, ethical leaders for the world. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your donation will go towards our leadership programming, including the Mason LeaderShape Institute- a week long off campus retreat that focuses on preparing students to “Lead with Integrity”. During this program students develop a personal vision around a critical social issue that they would like to address (e.g. education, racism, sexual assault). See past participant quotes below. To make a donation to LEAD, click here.
LEAD Program Past Participants:
- “Being a part of the LeaderShape Institute at Mason provided me with the BIGGEST transformation throughout my college experience. The things I gained from LeaderShape are things few people, who are lucky enough, get to experience in their lifetime. For the first time in my life, I was given tools to help me define myself. And that wasn’t just because of the curriculum we had to follow (although the curriculum alone is life changing), but because of the community we built. We created a powerful and compassionate community of students motivated and inspired to change the world. I walked away feeling prouder than ever to be patriot. A spark lit up inside me and two years later that light has only gotten brighter. I still look to my designated "LeaderShape box" and connect to my LeaderShape family whenever I need inspiration. The amount of gratitude I have for the LeaderShape Institute and for the LEAD office team for organizing such a beautiful program is never ending. I would not be the leader I am today without the LeaderShape Institute.” ~Mason LeaderShape Institute participant
- “Participating in the Mason LeaderShape Institute has given me the chance to grow as a person, beyond any average college course could. In less than a week, 50 Mason students (myself included) were given the opportunity to enter a space as individuals coming from various countries, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ethnicities to ask questions about ourselves and the world around us. We learned through obstacle courses to literally build paths and bridges out of odds and ends; we learned how to navigate towards a goal through chaos, miscommunication, and without seeing; we engaged in small groups to gain intimate insight in what it means to be vulnerable and to grow stronger from disclosure and feedback. Why is this program important to offer at Mason? Because in six days, LeaderShape achieved what some professors work all semester to accomplish: compassion, understanding, comfort, and trust among peers. LeaderShape built a community among strangers, then took the knowledge we learned and empowered us to apply it to our futures, our Visions. In six days, the Mason LeaderShape Institute embodied what George Mason University stands for, a message that takes some students their entire college career to learn: freedom to grow and discover the numerous possibilities in the world, and learning how being a leader is something anyone can accomplish if they “have a healthy disregard for the impossible.” ~Mason LeaderShape Institute participant