The Student Leadership Challenge® Experience

The best-selling book comes to life in this comprehensive leadership program.

Based on the award-winning, best-selling bookThe Student Leadership Challenge® by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, The Student Leadership Challenge Experience takes the wisdom of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® and nuclear-infuses it with the high-energy, engaging activities, and relevant facilitation style of Collegiate Empowerment to bring you a leadership event that will impact your student leaders like never before!

“Leadership is the art of mobilizing others to want to struggle for shared aspirations.” That’s what we know after 40 years of research. And now you’re asking: But HOW? Once students have developed the mindset and skill set of personal leadership, how do you get other people to WANT to follow you? How do you get people to move toward a COMMON PURPOSE? How do you get people to feel ENERGIZED to work together and get things done that everyone can feel PROUD of? This is what The Student Leadership Challenge® Experience is all about.

Participants will study, discuss, and experiment with The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:

  • Model The Way

  • Inspire A Shared Vision

  • Challenge The Process

  • Enable Others To Act

  • Encourage The Heart

Serving as a signature leadership development program for all students, this experience is a dynamic and comprehensive program that is tied to a leadership assessment--The Student Leadership Practices Inventory (Student LPI)--based on decades of scientific evidence and the experiences of millions of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things.

This experience has the greatest impact when delivered in a half-day format that helps you focus on your Personal Best Leadership Experience while providing insight into The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Then, we dive into the ten commitments and 30 behaviors of leadership through high-energy and interactive exercises where participants practice what they’re learning. The full-day experience includes the Student LPI Assessment debrief (ordered separately through Wiley). This comprehensive experience will be your entire leadership training for the year!


Participants will...

  • Learn the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and how each student can transform into a more successful leader.

  • Create a common leadership language among student leaders and campus organizations.

  • Adopt commitments and behaviors to put into practice immediately to start making impact within their organizations and campus-wide.


AUDIENCE: Current Student Leaders; Staff; Clubs & Organizations
DATES: All Year Long! It's ALWAYS a good time for Leadership Development!
DURATION: 90-minute module as an overview of The Five Practices; Half-day module (4-hours) includes the The Five Practices and their corresponding two Commitments and six Behaviors; Full-day module (6 hours) allows space for a debrief of the Student LPI (assessment available at
VENUES: Auditorium, Theater, or multi-purpose room with stage and high-quality audio-visual setup and space for activities. No gymnasiums.



“The strong content and student-centered experience blend together to really impact the participants.”

—Jan Reimer, Director for Leadership & Engagement
Saint Peter’s University

"The Student Leadership Challenge Experience was so high-energy and interactive made it easy for the students to participate. Working with Collegiate Empowerment was extremely easy throughout the process."

— Missy Macon, Leadership Coordinator
West Texas A&M University