The following organizations support leadership development programs. Please know that some of these organizations may require membership to access all of the benefits.
Omicron Delta Kappa (O∆K) is a 102-year old national leadership honor society that has initiated more than 300,000 members since its founding. The Society recognizes not only academic achievement but also campus leadership across the five phases of campus life:
- Campus or Community Service, Social or Religious Activities, and Campus Government
- Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
- Creative and Performing Arts
Although the Society specifically honors leadership in the collegiate environment, it is also committed to advancing leadership development in other arenas.
The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) is a comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.
ACPA, founded in 1924 by May L. Cheney, has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. ACPA members include graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in student affairs/higher education administration programs, faculty, and student affairs educators, from entry level to senior student affairs officers, and organizations and companies that are engaged in the campus marketplace.
ACPA members have access to professional development programs, networking and involvement opportunities, research and current trends, including access to The Journal of College Student Development (JCSD) and About Campus.
The Association of Leadership Educators (ALE) is a grassroots, volunteer organization that is personal, adaptable, inclusive, and collaborative. ALE believes that collaboration and dialogue are the keys to expanding the field of leadership and developing leadership capacity. ALE believes that the work of leadership educators is based on empirical knowledge and practical experience and the association promotes educational initiatives that are strategically designed to support people, organizations, and communities.
ALE publishes the Journal of Leadership Educators and hosts an annual conference for leadership educators.
The Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is “to advance the awareness, understanding and practice of servant leadership by individuals and organizations.”
Robert K. Greenleaf founded the nonprofit Greenleaf Center (first called “The Center for Applied Ethics”) in 1964. Since its founding, the Greenleaf Center has been a thought-leader in the field of servant leadership and a good steward of Robert Greenleaf’s writings. The Greenleaf Center has built an extensive catalog of publications since its inception and continues to add new ones each year. These publications are available through the online bookstore.
The Greenleaf Center hosts an international conference that connects, educates and inspires servant-leaders from around the world. Additionally, the Greenleaf Center has added online learning, speaking, and workshops to its offerings of servant leadership programs.
Growing Leaders is a non-profit leadership training and development company. Through relevant and innovative events and resources, Growing Leaders equips the next generation and the parents, teachers, coaches and mentors who shape their lives.
Founded in 2003 by Dr. Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders serves public schools, state universities, and civic organizations, as well as faith-based organizations and churches. Their goal is to equip and mobilize one percent of the world’s population under the age of 25 (30 million students) to think and act like authentic, life-giving leaders.
Growing Leaders offers events, tools and comprehensive programs that promote healthy character and leadership development in the next generation.
The International Leadership Association (ILA) is a global network of scholars committed to the practice, study, and teaching of leadership. ILA promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide.
ILA offers members webinars, virtual member communities, and newsletters. The association also publishes Journal of Leadership Studies, Leadership Quarterly, and Leadership and the Humanities. Additionally, ILA hosts leadership conferences across the globe.
Lead365 is committed to empowering collegiate leaders and professionals dedicated to developing student leaders, to be prepared to serve the greater social good 365 days a year. The Lead365 conference focuses on individual growth, workforce preparedness, and enhanced skill building.
The LeaderShape Institute is a nationally recognized leadership program that is featured at over 80 campuses across the country. LeaderShape is highly regarded as an intense and energizing six-day program which is open to students interested in producing extraordinary results while also developing a commitment to lead with a high level of integrity. Taught through large and small group discussion and experiential education, students are active participants in their own leadership development and the leadership development of others. LeaderShape also offers additional workshops for college students.
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is a comprehensive association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. NASPA serves a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA is comprised of over 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.
NASPA members have access to Knowledge Communities, including the Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community. NASPA hosts a wide range of webinars, institutes, and conferences throughout the year. Additionally, members receive access to the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, and Journal of College and Character.
The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs (NCLP), through the development of resources, information sharing, and symposia, supports leadership development in college students by serving as a central source of professional development for leadership educators. The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs also works to connect leadership educators to one another and support those developing leadership programs in their communities. Hosted at the University of Maryland, NCLP provides members with a variety of resources, including full access to a website with extensive information on leadership in the areas of Assessment Tools, Associations and Organizations, Books, Conferences and Events, Co-Curricular Programs, Curricular Programs, Employment Opportunities, Journals and Newsletters, Reports, and Syllabi. Additionally, NCLP publishes Concepts and Connections, a thematic newsletter published 3 times per year, featuring articles written by leading scholars and practitioners. NCLP also co-sponsors the Leadership Educators Institute with NASPA and ACPA.
The Peer Leader Center is dedicated to helping students grow as college peer leaders. The PLC provides training students need to develop skills and gain experience so that they can serve as effective leaders, mentors, and teachers in their communities now and in the future. The Peer Leader Center is a Project of Eduology Limited, a Denver-based LLC. The PLC provides training through online options as well as traditional conferences.