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Leadership Portfolio

The Leadership Portfolio serves as a record of your leadership planning and development while enrolled at Georgia Southern University. The portfolio should be created throughout your undergraduate career with components correlating with the LEAD core curriculum and your individual participation with any programs offered by the Office of Leadership and Community Engagement as well as other campus/community involvement.  For members of the Southern Leaders Program, the Leadership Portfolio provides evidence of successful program completion and eligibility for the Southern Leader Graduate Seal and Southern Leaders Graduate Medallion.

The process of developing the Leadership Portfolio requires students to reflect on their progress and growth, retrospectively and prospectively. This practice of reflection helps individuals recognize the various attributes of successful leaders, document personal leadership learning accomplishments, and showcase their skills and abilities as a leader.  The portfolio also serves as a way of providing evidence to future employers or graduate schools that you are prepared to lead and/or further your education.


The Leadership Portfolio should be housed within a personally developed website. There are many website development and host resources available to you, including Wix, Weebly, and Google Sites; you are free to use whichever service you prefer. Your website should include pages for each of the portfolio content requirements. An example sitemap is provided for your consideration and to help you when establishing your website:

  • Leadership Portfolio Home Page
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Team-based Leadership
  • Leading Positive Change
  • Leadership Incubator Experience
  • Campus & Community Involvement
  • About Me

Southern Leaders Leadership Portfolio Example

Requirements for Tier 1: Emerging Leaders Portfolio

As a part of your LEAD 1000: Self-Leadership course, you will prepare the first component of your Leadership Portfolio. Your personal self-leadership component will be built on your core values and will explore how your values shape who you are as an individual and as a leader. In leadership terms, your core values guide how you conceptualize your role as a contributing member of your community, work, and society at large. For this assignment, you will look to the future and decide how you want to grow and develop your leadership. As you work on your plan, reflect on what you have learned in our course and incorporate those ideas and concepts as appropriate. Your goal for this assignment is to take what you have learned in our course and to integrate that with what you know about yourself. Keep in mind that a personal leadership development plan is a fluid document that you begin shaping now and will continue to develop as you grow as a leader. Construct the Self-Leadership component of your portfolio with the following headings:

Personal Definition of Leadership

    Early in the semester you were asked to write a personal definition of leadership. Based on your experiences in the course write an updated personal definition of leadership. Finally, explain each part of your definition.

Leadership Assessments

    List your results from our leadership assessment instruments. Provide a written response for each, reflecting on how it informs your leadership practice:

  • Top Five Character Strengths
  • Personality Inventory (16 Types)
  • DiSC

Practices of Exemplary Leadership

    This semester we explored the practices of “Model the Way” and “Encourage the Heart.” Discuss their importance in effective leadership and your personal leadership practice.

Short-term Leadership Goals

  • What are the common characteristics among my leadership style (DiSC), core values (Values on Display Worksheet), Character Strengths (Strengths Via), and personality (16 Types)? How do those characteristics work together to enhance my leadership?
  • What leadership roles, positions, or responsibilities do I hope to achieve while in college?
  • What are three commitments I am making as I pursue my personal leadership development?

Long-term Leadership Goals

  • Where do I want to be 5-7 years from now?
  • What is my vision for becoming a leader beyond my time at Georgia Southern University?

Requirements for Tier 2: Team-based Leadership Portfolio

In LEAD 2000: Collaborative Leadership, you will update or begin (if you have not taken LEAD 1000) your Leadership Portfolio website. In this course you have explored personal talent themes, theme dynamics and leadership domains. This exploration allowed you to better understand your role on a team, and how you can develop your talent themes into Strengths leading to near perfect performance. In this course you learned how you can utilize diverse strengths to develop highly effective teams. For this project you will reflect on this learning through the development of a page or hierarchy of pages within your Leadership Portfolio website. Construct the Collaborative Leadership component of your portfolio with the following headings:

Talent Themes

  • Your top 5 talent themes (make your top 5 prominent on the website)
  • Brief reflection on how you see each of your talent themes at work (can include theme dynamics). Describe your talent themes in your own words and how you have seen them in action.
  • Considering your talent themes and leadership domains, reflect on the role(s) you play on a team?


  • Describe your type and how it may inform the way you lead in teams.

Developing Strengths

  • Your plan to further develop your talent themes into strengths while in college (Talent Theme + Skills + Knowledge = Strength). What are opportunities on campus where you can apply your talent themes? What are skills or knowledge you can acquire, formally or informally, to develop your talent themes?

Building & Leading Effective Teams

  • In 250-500 words, describe how you would approach developing and leading a team. Include the following content: Enable Others to Act, Inspire a Shared Vision, Group Dynamics (Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning), Strengths Based Leadership.
  • **Finally, be sure to update previous information in your Leadership Portfolio. You may consider adding in other elements you may not have included in the Emerging Leaders section of your Portfolio such as Coaching or anything that may no longer be correct/relevant (i.e. major or career focus change).**

Requirements for Tier 3: Leading Change Portfolio

As a part of LEAD 3000 you will build onto your leadership portfolio website by reflecting on important components found in the course. You will place the hyperlink to your Leadership Portfolio website with the updates described below in this discussion board. Once you upload your Leadership Portfolio, you will be able to see the submissions of others. Feel free to be creative in your website for each section of your Leadership Portfolio updates using graphics, videos, photos or tables. You should incorporate the following sections:

Emotional Intelligence

    (In less than 250 words or other creative representation) What are the strengths of your emotional intelligence, and how can you leverage these to lead positive change? What areas of your emotional intelligence you are hoping to further develop, and what is your plan for growing in these areas? (Keep in mind that this website will be public, and you may consider editing before providing to employers etc.)

Intent vs. Impact

    (In less than 250 words or other creative representation) What is the role of intent vs. impact when leading change? How do you ensure that the impact of any actions has the intended outcome?

Personal Philosophy for Leading Positive Change

    (300-500 words of original personal reflective content written in paragraph form) Using course content, discussion, your personal worldview and lived experiences as a guide, reflect on your personal philosophy for leading positive change using the following question:

    How do you define leadership and positive change? How will you personally approach leading positive change in your context?

    This should include 3 of the following topics:

  • Power/privilege
  • Intent vs. Impact
  • Context
  • Adaptive Leadership (observe, interpret, intervene)
  • Community Assets
  • Challenge the Process
  • **Lastly, be sure to update previous information in your Leadership Portfolio. You may consider adding in other elements you may not have included in other sections of your Portfolio and update anything that may no longer be correct/relevant.**

Last updated: 3/31/2022