Skip to main content

Southern Leaders

What is Southern Leaders?

The Southern Leaders Program is a leadership program designed to engage students in an interactive leadership experience throughout their college career.  Check out the video below to learn more about the program from Southern Leaders.

Why should I join Southern Leaders?

Southern Leaders focuses on personal leadership development, team building, community engagement, and creating positive change.  Southern Leaders learn how to make a difference in their community through interactive leadership lessons, community service, challenging team projects, and unique leadership experiences.  All of these benefits enable you to not only become a leader on campus, but provides you the skills employers are looking for on your resume (NACE’s Job Outlook 2016).

What do Southern Leaders get to do?

Leadership Courses

Urkovia Teaching

Southern Leaders learn leadership theory and practice in LEAD Courses.  Southern Leaders complete leadership coursework centered around the transformational leadership model.  This curriculum allows you to investigate your own values and how they shape your actions as a leader; discover your individual strengths and how you use them when working with a team; create and manage change as you lead in the community and organizations; and develop an understanding of sustainability as it pertains to your own leadership and the legacy you leave behind you.

Engage in the Community

ReStore Service

Southern Leaders tackle community issues through special projects and community service both on and off campus.  Southern Leaders can be found serving all over Statesboro, Bulloch County, Georgia Southern, and the surrounding areas.  Students take on leadership roles as well as serve the community through their action.  Upperclassmen Southern Leaders can also take on the challenge of serving as a Board Fellow serving as a board member with a local non-profit agency.  Southern Leaders is one of only three programs in the country that have such a program working with undergraduate students.

Have Fun

Southern Leaders Soiree

Southern Leaders participate in a variety of fun adventures, games, conferences, and social events.  Southerns Leaders serving on the Southern Leaders Advisory Council plan these events with staff to ensure they are exciting and enjoyable events that also contribute to your leadership development.  Southern Leaders plans many of its own social events such as the Southern Leaders Soiree pictured here.  However, Southern Leaders also attend campus events, attend games to support Eagle Athletics, and help serve with various campus departments’ events.

Leave a Legacy of Leadership

Maggie's Legacy

Through all of this, Southern Leaders work toward the question of what legacy are they going to leave once they graduate.  The capstone of Southern Leaders is the Leadership Legacy Project where students develop a sustainable project that makes a lasting impact on the community or organization they choose to work with.  These projects have ranged from students implementing new student fees to create “green” sustainability efforts on campus to the creation of an international Alternative Break trip addressing issues of mental illness.  We encourage you to stop by our office in Russell Union to check out the Southern Leaders wall of legacy projects to see more examples of the work students have done over the years.  Maybe you have an idea or passion that you would like to spend some time intentionally developing.  This is the perfect place to put your thoughts into action using the knowledge you gain through Southern Leaders to leave a legacy that benefits others.

To recognize the learning, leadership, and service of students completing the Southern Leaders Program, those who complete the program requirements earn the Leadership & Service seal for their diploma.  This special recognition is reserved for only the most prestigious programs at Georgia Southern University.

The experiences and knowledge you gain through participating in Southern Leaders provides you with the necessary material to succeed in your future leadership endeavors.  To quote one of our recent Southern Leaders graduates: “I have gained invaluable skills in Southern Leaders, but also a cohort of friends and colleagues where we can learn from each other through the trust we’ve built within the program. Whatever your choice of study or graduation plans are Southern Leaders prepares you to take on challenges and really put to the test how you would lead through a multitude of situations.” – Chase Lakhani

How do I join?

If you are a high school student looking at Georgia Southern and interested in Southern Leaders, please check out the scholarship opportunities available through Southern Leaders.

Current Georgia Southern students can apply to join Southern Leaders by completing this brief application.  Southern Leaders accept applications on an on-going basis, however new members to the program begin at the start of each semester.  Members of our Southern Leaders team review each application and will be in contact with you regarding your application.

For More Information, Contact:

John Banter –

John Egan –

Click Here To Apply



Last updated: 1/22/2018