Student representatives for the Leadership Department at Purdue manning a table.


Though we can't avoid struggles in life, it is within our power to navigate through them with courage and determination.

Leadership is the ability of an individual or a group of people to influence and guide followers or members of an organization, society or teamTo do this they create an inspiring vision, then motivate and inspire others to achieve it. 

By learning strategies to cultivate leadership, we at Steps to Leaps hope to empower you to embrace opportunities for growth. 

To help you along, we've curated a collection of content geared toward helping you develop this crucial pillar of well-being.


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Take self-improvement into your own hands with our self-guided learning modules.

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Read about the many individuals who have tapped into their own strength to become the next generation of leaders.

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Each week, the members of our Research Collaborative share valuable advice on improving your personal well-being and overcoming the challenges of life.


Leadership Related Research

Read research that explores the importance of Leadership in our overall well-being.

Learning Modules

Whether you're on your personal journey towards personal growth or you're a campus leader seeking to improve the overall well-being of the Purdue community, we have resources for you.

With our fully scripted, easy-to-follow guides, anyone can apply these teachings in a group or individual setting.  

Access the Learning Modules

Check out our resources firsthand by viewing our sample learning modules. Our remaining resources require a valid Purdue career account username and password to access.

To access current learning modules and lesson plans, please click on the lessons provided below or view the entire Steps to Leaps catalog by visiting Training@Purdue

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Add a Steps to Leaps learning module to your Brightspace account by following the directions below:

  1. Select a lesson plan below or visit Training@Purdue to view our entire catalog of programs.
  2. Select your desired lesson and under "Section Details", click "Add to Cart"
  3. Log in to Training@Purdue using a valid Purdue University username and password.
  4. After accepting the Terms of Use, click "Submit" to checkout.
  5. After confirming your checkout, the course material will be accessible to you in Brightspace and will expire in 12 months.

What Does Leadership Look Like?

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Ashley Bagadiong's Inspiring Take on Grit and Developing Her Leadership Skills

Ashley Bagadiong, a senior in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, has big aspirations for her future career. The first goals she has set for herself are to work in the consumer-packaged goods industry and run for office someday.   

Ashley says she has developed a passion for politics during her time at Purdue. Early in her academic career, she enrolled in the Leadership and Development Initiative's (LPDI) Citizens Academy Course ILS 495. Citizen's Academy is a unique course in that it connected students with local community members who have a passion for being civic agents. As part of the course, Ashley met with local leaders and engaged in impacting societal issues. After this inspirational experience, Ashley realized that this was how she wanted to impact her community. 

Learn more about Ashley here.

Student Spotlights

We celebrate Boilermakers at every degree level who are making strides towards self-betterment and exemplify one or more of the Steps to Leaps learning pillars - Well-Being, Leadership, Impact, Networks and Grit/Persistence.

Read more stories about students actively fostering Leadership in their everyday lives below.

How Can We Develop Leadership?

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Sara Huffman on Folding Kindness into your Life

Can you think of a time when someone did a small random act of kindness toward you? How did you react, and what did you feel? Now think about it from the opposite perspective. How do you think the person doing the act felt?  

Prosocial behavior is when you do something positive for someone without any expectations of what you’ll receive in return. You exhibit this when you volunteer for an organization, get a gift for someone just because, donate to a fundraiser or charity, or even just share a snack with someone. Researchers have shown that participating in prosocial behavior may help to reduce the negative effects of stress in your everyday life. Not only does it uplift someone else's day, but it also benefits you as well! 

Continue reading Sara's Well-Being tip

Well-Being Tips

Here are some tips to help cultivate your own Leadership potential.

Student Testimonials

Learn more about the first-hand impact of Steps to Leaps, as students and others share their experiences with the initiative and how they have incorporated the Leadership well-being learning pillar into their daily lives. (Purdue login required for access.)

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What does the research say?

There is considerable research showing us the importance of developing Leadership skills in holistic well-being.