The Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is committed to the development of leadership skills and characteristics that are key to our graduates living lives of impact. To that end, the LDI approaches leadership as a learned skill that all students have the potential to develop, irrespective of their area of study or the context in which their leadership will be enacted. In addition to leadership skills, the LDI emphasizes cultural and global diversity and inclusion so that students develop the capacity to be adaptive and effective wherever they find leadership challenges.

Through innovative discovery, curricula, programs, and strategic partnerships with industry, the LDI provides an experiential, science-based focus on developing sustainable and effective leaders for Louisiana and the nation.


As we embark on LSU’s Strategic Plan 2025, the role of LDI becomes even more imperative. The LDI links LSU’s expertise in leadership development with the critical need for strong leaders to grow our economy, communities and organizations.

LSU Strategic Plan 2025