Wildcat Leadership Institute

The Vision

The Wildcat Leadership Institute is a community of intelligent, interesting, innovative people, actively learning about and practicing leadership.  We lean on each other for support and inspiration.

The Institute is an intentional space that encourages collaboration and helps you link with resources across and beyond campus.

It is a portfolio of programs, events, experiences, resources and interactions that inspire you to take purposeful action that will help you develop as a person and hone your leadership strengths.

And, it is a strategy that integrates the rich experiential opportunities, that are a cornerstone of the CSU, Chico experience, into an individual pathway of leadership growth, achievement and certification.

Our Growth Model

our modelThe Wildcat Leadership Institute model is a four-level, inside-out approach. We grow the person to grow the leader.  Leadership is not simply something you do, it is an intimate expression of who you are. The instrument of leadership is an expression of your authentic Self.  We lead by virtue of who we are. This approach challenges you to lead from your core, to clarify your inner identity and find a powerful sense of purpose, to continue mastering Presence.  It challenges you to bring forward your strengths, and invest time in learning effective personal and interpersonal behaviors, skills and attitudes.  While a lot has been said about leadership, we've created the four-level model to help sort out those diverse perspectives. It also helps us offer practical definitions of our own: As personal expression, leadership is authentic influence that adds meaning and creates value.  Leadership is an inner phenomenon with an outer effect.  It occurs in the context of relationships.  As a community practice, leadership is a process which inspires people to share meaning and purpose, and to willingly contribute their strengths toward that aim.


Apply to the Institute

Check back here in Fall 2014 for dates and applications for the next round of the Wildcat Leadership Institute certificate programs!

Find out more about the Wildcat Leadership Candidate program now!

Want more information on the Institute Candidate program?  Check out our quickfacts sheet for more info about the program; for students, how to become a Certificate Candidate; or for faculty, staff or community members, how to participate as an Institute Fellow.