Leadership Exploration Certificate

The Co-Curricular Certificate in Leadership Exploration provides opportunities for GW students to take an intentional approach to their leadership journey by exploring and developing their individual leadership styles, knowledge, and skills. The program is for GW students who are interested in:

  • Getting a deeper understanding of the evolution of leadership
  • Exploring their own personal leadership style and values
  • Building their leadership skills and strengthening their resume

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This program is a co-curricular experience meaning it is not tied to academic courses or credit and is meant to enhance your GW experience outside the classroom. Throughout the year, participants will complete workshops, discussions, and reflections both as a cohort group and individually. This program is offered at no cost to participants.

For the 2022-23 academic year we are offering two tracks. First, the Emerging Leaders track will continue to be open to any interested GW student, as space allows; and new this year, we will be offering a new track focused on Socially Just Leadership that will take place during the Spring 2023 semester. Read below to learn more about both programs.

Emerging Leaders Track

The Emerging Leaders Track of the Leadership Exploration Certificate is a year-long program for students that are interested in developing or refining their leadership skills. This track is provided in an asynchronous and hybrid format with most requirements being completed online.

Through participating in the Emerging Leaders Track of the Leadership Exploration Certificate, students will:
●    Understand the foundations of leadership development;
●    Explore and develop their individual strengths as leaders;  
●    Increase leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities; and
●    Reflect on their personal journey while setting goals for the future.

Fall Requirements

●    Participate in a Program Introduction and Leadership Foundations Workshop - Wednesday, October 26 at 7 PM (online); Friday, October 28 at 1 PM (in person); or Thursday, November 3 at 7 PM (online)

●    Attend a Leadership Styles Workshop and Activity - Monday, November 7 at 7 PM (online); Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 PM (online); or Friday, November 11 at 1 PM (in person)

●    Attend a “Know Your Talents and Find Success with CliftonStrengths®” workshop offered by the Center for Career Services - check for workshop dates here.


Spring Requirements

●    Complete the Leadership Lessons activity by Monday, January 30

●    Attend a Personal Values Exploration Workshop and Activity session - Monday, February 13 at 7 PM (online); Wednesday, February 15 at 7 PM (online); or Friday, February 17 at 1 PM (in person)

●    Attend the CliftonStrengths® Next Steps for Leaders workshop - Wednesday, March 8 at 7 PM (online); Tuesday, March 21 at 7 PM (online); or Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 PM (in person)

●    Submit a final reflection/presentation and program assessment by Friday, April 21, 2023.


Spring and/or Fall Requirement

●    Attend at least three Excellence in Leadership Sessions (ELS) from a pre-approved list of options by March 24, 2023.


Important notes:

  • All sessions and workshops are an hour unless otherwise noted.
  • As it is essential for participants to engage in every program requirement, those who fail to complete/attend two or more program requirements will be removed from the program and asked to rejoin the cohort during the next academic year.

As space in the program is limited, interested students are encouraged to apply to the track as soon as possible.

The application for the Emerging Leaders track is will open on now and will close on Sunday, October 2 at 11:59 PM.  Students will be notified if they have been accepted by Wednesday, October 5.

Apply to the Emerging Leaders Track here!

Please note: Students should only participate in one Co-Curricular Certificate Program at a time. 

Socially Just Leadership Track

More details about this Spring 2023 track of the Leadership Exploration Certificate are coming soon!

Through participating in the Socially Just Leadership track of the Leadership Exploration Certificate, students will:

  • Establish and build a community of peers that are dedicated to serving as socially just and equitable leaders,
  • Increase their knowledge in leadership development and social justice concepts, and
  • Reflect on their personal leadership journeys while setting goals for their socially responsible leadership in the future.
  • Attend weekly, in-person meetings during the Spring 2023 semester
  • Submit a final reflection/presentation

As space in the program is limited, interested students are encouraged to apply to the track as soon as possible.

More details about the application are coming soon!



Please contact Andrea Davis, Program Coordinator for Leadership in the Office of Student Life.