Events + Workshops

Dare to Lead


Dare to Lead™ workshops, training and coaching help individuals, teams and organizations move from armored leadership to daring leadership. The Dare to Lead™ program delivers powerful new language, operationalized values, and practical tools and frameworks that help leaders and teams better navigate a rapidly changing world. Training participants learn the research behind Dare to Lead™ and applications to catalyze a movement of courage, trust and resiliency within their personal lives, workplaces and communities.

Individuals who successfully complete the full 24-hour Dare to Lead™ program will receive a Certificate of Completion and a digital badge to display on their LinkedIn profile showing they are trained in the Dare to Lead™ way.


  • Workshop #1: April 12 & 26
  • Workshop #2: June 7 & 21

Registration Fees:

  • Early bird registration $1000 (Deadline March 21)
  • Regular registration $1100 (Deadline May 30)

Workshop Objectives

The most significant finding from Brené’s latest research is that courage is a collection of four skill sets that are teachable, measurable, and observable. The Dare to Lead™ program focuses on developing these four courage-building skills:

  • Rumbling with Vulnerability
  • Living Into Your Values
  • Braving Trust
  • Learning to Rise from Failures 

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The Leadership Challenge


"The Leadership Challenge" by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner is a seminal book in the field of leadership. Published in 1987 and now in its sixth edition, it presents a comprehensive framework for effective leadership based on extensive research. The book identifies five fundamental practices of exemplary leadership: Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart. Kouzes and Posner's research suggests that leaders who consistently practice these five behaviors are more effective at inspiring and mobilizing others towards shared goals. "The Leadership Challenge" provides practical advice, real-world examples, and exercises to help individuals develop their leadership skills and become more effective leaders.


  • Workshop #1: May 9 & 10
  • Workshop #2: June 11 & 12

Registration Fees:

  • Early bird registration $1000 
  • Regular registration $1100 (Deadline May 30)

Workshop Objectives

Participants will . . .

  • Increase awareness of the five practices of exemplary leaders including commitments leaders make and behaviors leaders’ practice.
  • Assess their personal leadership strengths and weaknesses relative to effective leadership behaviors.
  • Gain clarity of purpose and take responsibility for the impact they have on others, especially their team.
  • Clarify and communicate their fundamental values and beliefs regarding leadership and the role of leading others.
  • Learn how to set the example for others by aligning their actions with shared values.
  • Learn and practice how to express their image of the future and inspire others to share a common vision.
  • Learn how to search for opportunities to change and improve.
  • Explore ways to create a safe place to experiment with innovative ideas, take risks, and learn from accompanying mistakes.
  • Learn and practice giving and receiving perspectives and observations for growth and improvement.
  • Explore ways to get their team excited about developing their talents, finding their passion, and contributing in new ways.
  • Learn and explore strategies to build collaboration, teamwork, trust, and win-win relationships.
  • Learn and practice recognizing individual and team contributions and how to show appreciation for “try” and striving for personal excellence.
  • Plan their actions regarding how they will apply the lessons learned in the workshop to a current or future organizational/personal challenge.


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Leading High Performance Teams 


Participants will use the cognitive and behavioral science of Emergenetics to explore the individual preferences that influence how we interact, relate, and communicate with others. 
By understanding our own individual preferences and learning to recognize, respect, and leverage the diverse preferences of others, we gain the ability to better lead, manage, and serve within our organizations. 

This workshop focuses on developing leaders' skills in:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Self-awareness
  • Communication
  • Team Collaboration

This experience is ideal for leaders seeking to improve workplace:

  • culture
  • engagement
  • productivity
  • effectiveness


  • Workshop #1: September 18

Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird Registration $500 (Until July 15)
  • Regular Registration $550 (Deadline September 1)

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Teacher Leader Coaching Summit


The Teacher Leader Coaching Summit at the LSU Leadership Development Institute offers solutions to address the critical issues of burnout, turnover, retention, and engagement within the educational sector. At LDI, we are committed to strengthening leadership among both teacher leaders and administrative leaders. We strive to cultivate educational leaders throughout their careers who excel in their roles and significantly improve their well-being and the environments in which they work. By enhancing leadership skills and workplace climates, our educators positively impact their own lives and make a meaningful difference in the lives of the students they serve.

We Offer Targeted Leadership Development Solutions

Our services are designed to:

  • Decrease Teacher and Administrator Burnout: Through evidence-based strength-building workshops and coaching using CliftonStrengths®, we address how to combat educators'and administrators' unique stressors by utilizing their strengths.
  • Increase Retention: We implement strategies to improve employee satisfaction and reduce turnover, keeping your best leaders engaged and on board.
  • Build a Leadership Pipeline: Develop potential leaders from within your ranks, ensuring a future of effective leadership.
  • Enhance Stress Resilience: Equip your leaders with the strength-building tools to handle and adapt to stressful situations, promoting a healthier work environment.

Customizable Development Packages

Introductory Assessment Workshop On-Campus (SEND A TEACHER): On-site, personalized guidance to jumpstart a year-long development journey. Then choose:

  • Virtual Individualized Coaching Packages
  • In-Person Individualized Coaching Packages

Using Gallup CliftonStrengths® Assessments and LDI's evidence-informed coaching, we fine-tune our approach to individual strengths, maximizing the effectiveness of our workshops and personal coaching. To learn more about CliftonStrengths® for educators, visit this website.





  • July 18, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Registration deadline is July 10)


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Summer 2025

Higher Education Leadership Summer Institute


Join us for an exhilarating journey into the future of higher education at the Higher Education Leadership Summer Institute 2024! Hosted by the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education, LSU Lutrill and Pearl Payne School of Education, and the LSU Leadership Development Institute, this two-day institute promises to be a dynamic platform for leaders, administrators, and educators to come together, share insights, and explore innovative strategies for navigating the complexities of the academic landscape.


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