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Ignite Leadership Certificate Program

What is Ignite?

The Ignite Leadership Certificate Program (Ignite) supports students in identifying, developing, and refining their leadership skills and abilities through programming in 10 different competency areas. Participating in Ignite is a great way to meet and engage with other student leaders, to develop workforce-ready leadership skills, and to become a more socially-just leader. Program completion is highlighted on a student’s official CSP transcript and at commencement and is free and open to all Concordia undergraduate students. Click on the boxes below to explore the competencies!


10 Competencies

  • As leaders, we cannot lead others until we know ourselves. This competency area allows you to explore your emotional awareness and how it impacts others around you. Learn effective skills within resiliency, coping, and management of feelings that lead to action.

  • Fulfill this competency area by attending the Fall Leadership Retreat. The Fall Leadership Retreat takes place once a year in October. We spend 3 days and 2 nights at a camp doing community building activities, leadership workshops, high/low ropes course, and eating s’mores! The retreat might look different this year. However, students will still participate in community building and leadership development opportunities.


  • Every student, individual, and human-being is unique. Critically-engage with your own identities and understand the importance of being an inclusive, equitable, and a socially-just leader.

  • Understanding and seeing who you are as a person can lead to more confidence and creativity. The Self-Awareness competency is completed through the StrengthsFinder, a leadership assessment inventory. By completing a StrengthsFinder assessment, you will discover what you naturally do best, learn how to develop your greatest talents into strengths, and use your results to maximize your leadership potential.

  • Great leaders know when to take charge and when to take a step back. Discover how you work best with others and how you can support teamwork, collaboration, and a group process.

  • Making difficult decisions is a crucial aspect of becoming an adult. Explore what it means to make effective choices that benefit and uplift others around you while prioritizing your core values and ethics.

  • Failing is a natural part of being a leader. It’s what comes after that counts. Learn how to gracefully receive feedback and adapt your leadership style accordingly.

  • Be a changemaker! In an ever adapting world, how will you leverage your skills and talents to be bold, be ready, be you? Through creativity comes innovation. Using your developed sense of creativity, you will learn how to think outside the box, both in person and online.

  • Set goals, establish future trajectory, and articulate your leadership strengths to future employers!

  • An effective leader is in tune with their community. We encourage each member of Ignite to find their niche within the community by participating in service-learning hours.


Ready to start your leadership journey?

Ignite prepares you to be a thoughtful, informed, and authentic leader. By completing the 10 Ignite competency areas, you will gain valuable knowledge, self-awareness, and skills that you will use in your future careers and passion projects.

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Jake Wakem

Director of Student Life Education & Leadership

Ben Wadsworth

Leadership Development Graduate Assistant