About The CFL

Center for Leadership: Be the Change, Lead the Change

Leadership is learned. The Center for Leadership guides, engages, and teaches students to achieve true leadership abilities. We use mentors, teachers, and community leaders to help students develop this lifelong skill. It is a skill our students use today in their classrooms, in student organizations, and in the community. It is a skill that becomes a part of who they are and who they will become.

Through workshops, classes, and special programs, we take students through every facet of leadership. They learn to lead with integrity and get others excited about getting involved. They learn the real meaning of group dynamics and how to create a team that works as one to achieve its goals. Students learn how to engage others and how to settle conflicts. We give them direction on how to network, broaden their reach, and excel in their missions. We teach them that leaders never stop learning.

No matter what their major is, Bowling Green State University ensures that its students make fundamental and lifelong connections in learning. Whether they plan to teach music, market the latest technology, or focus on international relations, we immerse our students in programs that embrace intellectual skills, general and specialized knowledge, and personal and social responsibility.

The Center for Leadership plays a critical role in helping students achieve these outcomes, especially in learning how to engage others in action. Our programs help students understand that leadership is their ability to influence, show mutual respect, and develop a spirit of compromise and goal setting.

The Center for Leadership encourages all students to explore and enhance their personal leadership skills and earn the BGSU Leadership Certificate.

The Center for Leadership aspires to graduate leaders who, by knowing themselves and through active engagement at BGSU, serve their community and the world in ethical ways that promote collaboration and social change


The Center for Leadership is leadership in action! In alignment with BGSU’s academic mission and learning outcomes the CfL unites campus programs and services to teach students comprehensive leadership development. As students actively engage in leadership they will practice and demonstrate the skills, knowledge and attitudes required of ethical and life-long leaders.


Integrity: Acting in an ethical and legal manner that is harmonious with personal and organizational values.

Purpose: Understanding personal and organizational values and establishing a sense of purpose that contributes to the development of others.

Group Development: The ability to manage and lead individuals in the establishment and execution of group goals.

Inclusion: Creating broad and safe environments that engage and support diversity.

Global Citizenship: Versatility in leadership and communication style that is respectful of cultural context and implications.


Resources and Initiatives

The Student Leadership Assistant (SLA) are a group of students passionate about leadership and social change. Request a presentation or retreat if your organization or club would like the Student Leadership Assistants to facilitate a workshop, retreat, or session.  They are able to plan individualized sessions for your group or present a standard session. They need about a 3-week notice for planning purposes.


The Student Leadership Assistants assist the Center for Leadership by researching, developing, administering and assessing a broad array of student leadership development and educational programs. 


The Leadership Certificate Program is a self-paced, comprehensive, leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences at Bowling Green State University.

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The Center for Leadership has developed three leadership certificates students and staff can achieve in order to increase and diversify their leadership skills. The Inclusive Leadership Certificate and the Ethical Leadership Certificate will be offered in Fall 2018. The Global Leadership Certificate and Inclusive Leadership Certificate will be offered in Spring 2019.

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In our society we are surrounded with language and behavior that has developed through a history of stereotypes and prejudices. The iSTAND Advocacy Training program was created by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Center for Leadership to help teach participants practical skills for addressing micro aggressions in our society and to stand up and advocate for others. Click here to learn more.


If you have questions, comments, or want more information?

Email us at leadership@bgsu.edu