From its modest beginnings in 1986, the LeaderShape Institute has transformed from a leadership school for ATO undergraduates, to a week-long leadership development experience for coed
students. While the evolution of The LeaderShape Institute
has taken work and careful strategy, today's Institute is
what ATO had in mind from the start.
While the LeaderShape Institute
has been a tremendous success, ATO has stayed true to LeaderShape's
beginning by developing ways to spread the programming to as many ATO
undergraduates as possible. Thanks to Chapter-Based LeaderShape, this
is a reality.
Both LeaderShape opportunities
offer programming that places a strong emphasis on leading with
integrity, with components in communication, ethics, vision and
teamwork. Chapter-Based LeaderShape takes the same successful
leadership development programming and provides a more Greek-focused
year participants experience a more effective program. The goal,
according to LeaderShape President Paul Pyrz, is to teach students that
integrity is not an option for effective leaders. "Chapters that send
people see a payoff back in their own chapters," says Pyrz. "After
you've gone through this program you can go home and make a difference
in your environment."
Foundation has invested close to $2 million
during the last decade in scholarships for
"Leadership training and development is crucial to
the overall success of the Fraternity," said former
ATO Foundation Chairman Robert C. Knuepfer, Jr. Denison
'71. "Our experience tells us that where you have
strong local leaders you have strong chapters."
LeaderShape's success is getting attention both in
the corporate world and on some of the nation's most prestigious
campuses. Campus Institutes are bringing the benefits of
LeaderShape to students.
Motorola, Procter and Gamble, Allstate Insurance, Ameritech,
Kraft Foods, Price Waterhouse, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Ford
Motor Company and Accenture are among the corporations that
see promise in LeaderShape and are investing in the
Since the first years, LeaderShape, Inc. has:
- Expanded from five to 70 (and growing) yearly sessions.
- Secured more than one million dollars in Corporate funding.
- Secured $164,000 Kellogg Foundation grants to make The
LeaderShape Institute experience available to more
- Added sections in ethics, communications, goal setting
and an outdoor challenge course.
- Brought more than 25,000 students through the curriculum.
the LeaderShape Web site!
The ATO Foundation, through LeaderShape, offers
scholarships to a limited number of ATOs for the Institute.
The scholarships, which help offset the full
tuition fee, are awarded to the first chapters which
that sending three or more participants from one chapter
can provide a greater impact for the chapter. Chapter
Education Funds through the ATO Foundation are also
available to fund ATOs who attend The LeaderShape Institute.
If you would like to know more about The LeaderShape Institute,
call LeaderShape, Inc. at 217-351-6200.
Or if you would like to know more about charitable
gifts for your chapter's education fund, call the
at (317) 472-0939.