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Dynamic Leadership Institute (DLI)

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Dynamic Leadership Institute...
its more than just a phase!

The Dynamic Leadership Institute, known to many as DLI, is designed to teach students the interpersonal skills and knowledge needed to engage in various leadership roles on campus, within the community, and in their futures.  Each of the four phases allows the student to view leadership from different perspectives and provides opportunities to examine and enhance their skills. DLI is not for academic credit, but rather for self-exploration and personal development.  DLI is a 6-week, 1-hour per week commitment per semester.


DLI Phase I is designed to enhance participants' basic leadership skills and abilities.  The participants represent diverse ages, interests, and levels of leadership abilities. The Institute's program includes leadership seminars designed to address a wide array of topics such as problem solving, diversity, leadership & management, personality and visual explorer.


DLI Phase II focuses on each individual's self-exploration as a leader.  In Phase II participants will have the opportunity to discover their strengths and areas for improvement in regards to their personal leadership styles. Participants will begin to better understand themselves as leaders and how they work with others throughout this phase. This will be done by working with such instruments as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Kraybill Conflict Management, Consensus Building, StrengthQuest and power and authority.


DLI Phase III gives participants the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills learned in the first two phases and put them into action. Students will complete the LPI assessment to start off their Phase III experience. From there they will be tasked with developing a program or event. Groups will be responsible for all steps from creation to implementation of the event. This program or event could include, but is not limited to, a service project or educational presentation. An understanding of Emotional Intelligence is also developed into the program.


DLI Phase IV addresses leadership in the "real world".  Phase IV provides students with the tools needed in preparing for the transition from campus leader to a new professional and community leader. After completion of this phase students will be better prepared to make the transition from campus leader to new professional/community leader.

Apply online or contact the office of Leadership & Volunteerism:

Mindy Johnson
Assistant Director, Student Activities for Leadership & Volunteerism
DSU 2059

Department of Student Activities
Downing Student Union 2059

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 Last Modified 6/20/18