Tier 1 of the LEAD Program encourages students to examine the fundamentals of leadership, to think critically about the role of an authentic leader, and to explore their own leadership style and capacity. 


Core (required) sessions are scheduled prior to the start of each academic year.

Elective (participant choice) sessions are scheduled prior to the start of each academic year and also added and advertised as necessary.

In order to track progress, register for workshops, and complete reflections, participants need to create an account with Engage W&L using their W&L credentials, and request to become a member of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program.


leadership Education

Attend a series of workshops and roundtables designed to prompt reflection and learning about specific aspects of leadership as they relate to personal development. *Two workshops and two roundtables are pre-selected and two are of participant choice under elective offerings.

  • Core Workshops:

    • CliftonStrengths Personal Assessment (1.5 hours)

    • The Fine Line: Leadership and Followership (1.5 hours)

  • Core Roundtables:

    • Design Roundtable (1 hour)

  • Elective Workshops:

    • Bending, Breaking, and Just Saying No (1 hour)

    • Who to Know, Where to Go (1 hour)

    • Beyond IQ: The Importance of Emotional Intelligence (1.5 hours)

facilitation & team Building

Learn how to facilitate a variety of team building exercises that will build confidence, enhance communication skills, and teach risk-taking strategies.

  • Core Sessions:

    • Team Building 101 (1 hour)

    • Alpine Tower (1 hour)

Service learning

Service is a fundamental building block of leadership. In addition to completing a required numbers of hands-on service hours, students will become aware of opportunities in our local community and foster a deeper appreciation for the mutually beneficial experience that occurs through service learning.

Complete and reflect upon service experience (20 hours in total).

  • Core Sessions/Activities:

    • Rockbridge 101 (1 hour, before beginning service)

    • Community Service (complete 18 additional hours)

      • Remember to log your hours in Engage W&L. All community service hours should be recorded in the main Washington and Lee University page, NOT the LEAD page. However, the LEAD Program and your corresponding Tier subgroup should be selected in the sharing option. Any questions on Engage W&L/GivePulse can be directed to Leah Beard or one of the LEAD Team Members.

    • Group Reflection Session (1 hour)


We believe that leadership is interdisciplinary. Attend a variety of speakers and programs that are not leadership-specific, think critically about how different topics apply to leadership, and reflect on the content using provided prompts.  *Two sessions are pre-selected and one is of participant choice. One elective session is available to participants.

  • Core Sessions:

    • Speaker hosted by LEAD (1 hour)

    • Leaders in Action - Learn from a community member and submit a reflection through Engage W&L (1 hour plus reflection based on provided prompts)

    • Attend one additional event of your choice: a campus speaker, a roundtable or discussion group, a pre-approved conference experience, etc. (1-2 hours)

  • Elective Session:

    • Resumes 101 (1 hour)

End of year reflection

Creative reflections are presented during Spring Term (or as scheduled for students going abroad during the spring).

  • Reflection Prompt:

    • How has involvement in the LEAD program impacted your life?

    • What was most valuable about this experience?

    • Explain how you have evolved and transformed into a more effective leader.