The Leadership Institute, a Yale undergraduate organization, works to provide comprehensive leadership training for all Yale students in order to produce moral, courageous, and visionary leaders who will serve as catalysts for positive change.
The Leadership Institute was founded on the assumption that the United States suffers
from a lack of leadership in all facets of society. Far too many Americans in leadership
roles lack the vision, moral conviction, and fundamental leadership skills essential
for the effective performance of their duties. For example, many American political
leaders allow politics and personal ambition to trump the national good; many American
business leaders prioritize profits over people, focusing on the bottom line at
the expense of their employees, customers, and social responsibilities. Additionally,
while numerous American leaders do possess admirable vision and moral conviction,
they often lack the other essential leadership skills necessary to maximize their
With the promise of Yale students in their future roles, there is a lack of specific leadership development programming on the Yale campus. The Leadership Institute aims to address this discrepancy by equipping Yale students with essential leadership skills and enabling them to wrestle with leadership’s fundamental challenges while they are undergraduates. Leadership Institute programming includes:
In the past two years, the Leadership Institute has filled many successful leadership workshops and teas, formed a partnership with professors from Yale’s School of Management, hosted two annual Leadership Weeks, welcomed students from West Point Military Academy for a “Perspectives on Leadership” conference, graduated a group of high school students from our Youth Leadership Initiative, and co-sponsored events with other leadership groups and the Dean’s Office. In the years ahead, the Leadership Institute seeks to establish an even stronger institutional foundation while expanding our programming for students.