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Leadership and Service Center

  • Students observe a leadership discussion.


CarolinaLEAD is a comprehensive leadership education initiative designed to help students explore, define and practice leadership development.

Educating tomorrow's leaders, today.

CarolinaLEAD is a leadership education program for students consisting of four, eight-week leadership development programs. Whatever your leadership comfort level is, we can help you build on your skills with programs ranging from introductory leadership to organizational leadership.

CarolinaLEAD Programs

Learn more about program instruction and expectations as well as who benefits most from each. If you have questions about whether CarolinaLEAD is right for you, just contact us so we can help you.

The Close Family Emerging Leaders Program is an eight-week introduction to leadership that explores various aspects of leadership and helps students understand what it means to be a leader at the University of South Carolina. Participants learn more about themselves, enhance their skills, and develop a plan to exercise leadership on campus and in the community.

Who should participate? All students are welcome to participate. The program content is most beneficial to first-year, sophomore, or transfer students who wish to enhance their leadership skills.

What can participants expect to learn?
The program is intended to help participants enhance their ability to exercise leadership, develop skills that assist in leading others, and create an action plan to assist you in applying your leadership skills during your time at UofSC.

When asked what they had gained from participating, past participants have shared the following:

"I gained a new mindset of what it takes to be a leader, not just being in a leadership position, and how to work with those who work with me."

"I’ve gained a lot, but mostly, it just helped cultivate and finely tune my leadership ability and my personality."

"I learned about my personal strengths and how to apply them to the world around me (hometown, school, etc.)."

"I gained a greater awareness of the importance of leadership and service in society."

When does it meet?
Students will meet in the Russell House University Union once a week on a set day and time for the last eight weeks of the semester. Visit our application to see the specific times offered.

How do I register?
Register here. Registering takes less than three minutes to complete!

Organizational Leaders Course
The Organizational Leaders Program is a UNIV 201 course designed to provide student leaders who are currently in an organization the necessary skills and experiences that will help them to become successful leaders within those organizations. Throughout the course, participants will engage in discussions and activities centered on organizational resources, peer leadership, effective communication, conflict management, member care and motivation, recruitment, goal-setting, team building and more! Our goal is to provide leaders with the means to be a more effective leader using the strategies and tools we know for a fact make organizations successful. We also work throughout the semester on an action plan for your organization so that every student leaves the program with tangible ways they can improve their organization!

Who should participate?

This class is open to students who have recently accepted a leadership position within an organization or student leaders within organizations who currently hold leadership positions. 

What can participants expect to learn?
The program is intended to help you understand and practice basic organizational leadership theory; articulate one’s own identity, leadership style, and strengths as it relates to being an organizational leader; and develop a toolbox of technical skills that are relevant to successfully overseeing a student organization such as running meetings and elections, resolving conflict, and encouraging and supporting team members.

When does it meet?
Students will meet once a week on a set day and time for a full semester. To see what time it is being offered this semester or upcoming semester, look for UNIV 201 and Topic: Organizational Leaders Course.


When I signed up to participate in the Close Family Emerging Leaders Program I expected to add some more lines to my resume, I didn't expect to change my whole view on leadership.

— Annalise Bowen


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