Build Leadership Skills at UCalgary

By University of Calgary Modified on April 13, 2019

There are lots of great ways to develop your leadership skills at the University of Calgary.


The Leadership and Student Engagement (LSE) office offers lots of great ways to build these skills – like going on a Camp LEAD trip to the Rocky Mountains to learn about leadership, meet new friends, and enjoy outdoor adventure activities.

If you’re a new student, the Emerging Leaders program lets you chose to have a senior student or staff member be your personal guide as you navigate your first year. The program is split into two streams, so you can either focus on meeting people and getting familiar with the university or growing your leadership skills. This program is a great way to discover your potential and get connected with a community of other first-year students. Registration for the program opens in June.

In your second year, you may want to get more involved in the campus and wider community. The Sophomore Leadership Program focuses on improving team and community leadership and includes mentorship with a professional to help set a foundation for your career.

For Nabila Farid, who is now in her fourth year, the Emerging Leaders program prepared her to get involved with the Student Union and eventually become its vice-president, student life.

“My involvement with the Leadership and Student Engagement office cultivated my passion for leadership and provided me with opportunities that enhanced my student experience,” she said. “The Emerging Leaders program allowed me to connect with a mentor with interests that aligned with mine, which gave me the confidence and guidance to grow in a multitude of ways — whether it was socially, academically, or through extracurriculars.”

If you want to have a say in shaping the student experience, the Student Advisory Council is the way to go. The council is made up of 16 undergraduate students who meet monthly to share their insights and experience at the university.

For Nabila, honing her leadership skills opened doors.

“It encouraged me to take risks through pursuing various positions around campus," she said. “I grew my student network in a way that allowed my university degree to be holistic.”

UCalgary students also graduate with a Co-Curricular Record – an official document that recognizes volunteer and extra-curricular activities on campus, something that can help employers see all the great experience you gained at university.