Framework in Action

Leadership @ UW supports a growing community of leadership practitioners, including students, faculty and staff, who are applying the UW-Madison Leadership Framework in a wide variety of contexts.

The following are some of the high-impact programs leveraging the framework to effect positive change in beliefs, values and behavior. Let us know how you’re implementing the UW-Madison Leadership Framework.

Adventure Learning Programalps

ALPs is a student organization that provides workshops to improve group dynamics and build community on campus. ALPs uses the UW-Madison Leadership Framework for 40 student facilitators to reflect on their leadership skills and to track their leadership growth over their tenure with the program. The framework gives facilitators terminology for writing resumes and interviewing.

ALPS Learning Outcomes Worksheet Example

All Campus Leadership Conference

Presented by the Student Leadership Program, this is the largest fully student-run event at UW-Madison, with an audience of approximately 900 individuals. Each of the conference’s 25 breakout sessions was required to meet one or more values or competencies of the UW-Madison Leadership Framework. The framework helped students focus on learning more about their leadership needs and interests. This event is held annually in February, and if you are interested in attending, please contact the chair of the committee.

Badger Volunteers

Badger Volunteers is a semester-long program that pairs teams of students with community organizations in focus areas of sustainability, education or public health, volunteering 1-4 hours each week at the same organization. The program is designed to foster meaningful and consistent connections between community partners and students over the course of an entire semester. Badger Volunteers provides logistical support, transportation, training and education sessions for student volunteers in the program. This training is centered around the leadership framework, preparing students to make ethical, impactful, inclusive decisions while they work in their partner communities and as they stay civically engaged beyond their time as a Badger Volunteer.

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Badgers Step Up!

The Badgers Step Up! training program engages student organization participants as agents of change to address alcohol abuse. The program incorporates the framework to develop effective intervention techniques and explores the use of specific leadership competencies to reduce harm.

Bucky’s Award Ceremony

This event spotlights excellence in individual and organizational leadership. The UW-Madison Leadership Framework serves as the rubric for the Outstanding Leadership Award. The Awards program recognizes 10 student organizations and 6 student leaders.

Class Act

This four day program is designed to help first year students develop leadership skills and enact positive change on campus. Class Act integrates the Leadership Framework in the daily program agendas to participate in and listen to meaningful discussions about topics like Self-Awareness, Connection and Community, and Moving Ideas into Action. Click the link to find out how you can be involved in the next program!

CoPDigital Publishing and Printing Service

Employees of DoIT’s Digital Publishing and Printing Services office leans on the framework’s Values and Competencies to develop stretch and growth goals for themselves with management guidance. These intentional conversations have resulted in increased employee connections and commitment to their work.

Fully Prepared to Lead

Leadership, which can be viewed as either a role or a function, is the process of mobilizing and leveraging human energy to accomplish a goal.  In this context, individuals who do not formally supervise or manage people can be leaders.

Fully Prepared to Lead follows the model set forth by the Leadership @ UW Framework.  The Guiding Principles for leadership in that context are:

  • Inclusive  – Generating leadership development ideas through the active invitation and engagement of diverse perspectives from UW‐Madison, the community, across the state, and beyond
  • Accessible  – Creating an open place and space for leadership ideas to be shared and amplified
  • Decisive and Action-Oriented – Moving leadership development ideas from concept to practice, which sustains leadership development by positively influencing students, staff, and faculty
  • Reflective  – Continually seeking, assessing, and incorporating feedback about decisions and actions to ensure alignment and relevance
  • Uniquely Wisconsin – Capturing the essence of the Wisconsin Idea, honoring and respecting the culture that both precedes and follows the initiative
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Leadership and Civic Engagement for Social Change

This course engages first year students looking into exploring who they are, how identity impacts leadership, and how to create change in their communities. Students have the opportunity to translate their leadership development into action through the lens of civic engagement and social justice.


DonStudentsLeadership Certificate

The Leadership Certificate program reinforces the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s commitment to developing student leadership capacity through intentional reflection and engagement in learning both inside and outside the classroom, for the purpose of meaningful change. The Leadership Certificate program is designed for student leaders who excel in their leadership roles both inside and outside the classroom. The Certificate marks a formal acknowledgement of student contributions and achievements.

Queer Emerging Leaders Program 

QUELP uses the framework’s Outcomes to structure a 13-week course focused on power, privilege, personal narrative, and community organizing. Participants support their own communities by working with organizational partners who serve LBGTQ+ people and needs.

Servant Leadership Certificate

This Continuing Studies program consists of the fundamentals of servant leadership, a self-assessment, community building, stewardship, and final presentation by participants on a reflective project of their choice. The program is targeted to aspiring leaders/managers in all organizational sectors.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The Office of Student-Athlete Development is committed to inspiring, engaging, and advancing student-athletes outside of the athletic arena by providing programming and resources through four key pillars: Leadership & Involvement, Personal Development, Career Development, and Diversity & Inclusion. SAAC is a student organization made up of over 50 students. SAAC focuses on one of the 7 leadership competencies at each monthly meeting.

Summit Executive Centre

Owner and UW-Madison Alumnus, Louise Silberman, invited CLI to offer two customized, day long events for managers and employees. The UW-Madison Leadership Framework was introduced as a foundation for success, with an emphasis on Self-Awareness, Moving Ideas into Action and Interpersonal Communication. The workshops encouraged open and frank dialogue was as a way for all employees to understand each person’s contribution to success.

UW-Madison Arboretum Earth Partnership RestorationImage of UW-Madison Arboretum Earth Partnership Restoration Team

Restoration team leaders are an essential corps of land care volunteers at the Arboretum. They participate in ecological restoration by leading other volunteers from diverse backgrounds. Team leaders teach and supervise volunteers, practicing leadership and communications skills aligned with the UW-Madison Leadership Framework.


UW-Madison School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy integrates the UW–Madison Leadership Framework into its operations to create new and more dynamic leadership outcomes for its students. The program emphasizes the development of leadership for clinical pharmacists as an action-oriented endeavor not based on formal authority positions, and will be used to make student pharmacists responsive to the context of each patient-system interaction.

University of Wisconsin Libraries

The mission of the UW-Madison Libraries is to support excellence in teaching, research and learning by providing resources, services and spaces that help to ensure the success of our students, faculty, and staff. We are committed the support of the Wisconsin Idea, and engaging in local, state, national, and global initiatives. The General Library System has developed a community of practice based on the Leadership @ UW Framework and the book, “Be a Great Boss”, by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. It is a professional development opportunity to improve management and leadership skills. Through meeting and dialoguing as small groups, we form deep trust where difficult questions can be asked, honest conversations are held, and personal and professional growth takes place.

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Willis L. Jones Leadership Center

The Willis L. Jones Leadership Center is a part of the Wisconsin Union. The goal of the JLC is to inspire and prepare students to work in partnership with others to positively transform themselves, their peers and their communities.


Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Wisconsin AHEC’s statewide Community Health Internship Program is for students participating in community health internships in 49 sites throughout the state. In 2015, 25 mentors were trained in using the CLI Leadership Competency Assessment to guide 50 interns in leadership development over the 8 week summer program.

Wisconsin Engineering Student Council

This program integrates the UW-Madison Leadership Framework by providing engineering students the opportunity to take on leadership roles within the College of Engineering. The Council provides 2 or 3 leadership development focused sessions throughout each semester, and provides a mentor program to new engineering students to help them excel in future leadership roles.

Wisconsin Experience Bus Trip

29 student leaders visit 10 cities over 5 days. Daily reflection questions are grounded in the UW-Madison Leadership Framework. Students showed immeasurable growth in a sense of integrity, engagement and connection to community.