Excellence in Leadership is a developmental emerging leaders program which challenges students to analyze their leadership identity, examine multiple leadership styles, and work effectively in groups while actively engaging the Ball State and Muncie communities.

The program lasts four semesters and is divided into 2 phases. While students are encouraged to participate in all four semesters, it is not required. You can participate in EIL for course credit or as an extracurricular activity. Credits are awarded one per semester, for a total of four elective credits throughout the two-year program.

Phase Descriptions

Phase One (Year 1) will help participants:

  • Define your own leadership style
  • Explore your strengths and weaknesses
  • Determine your life’s vision
  • Set goals 

Phase Two (Year 2) will help participants:

  • Develop skills to lead organizations
  • Become better planners and leaders of student groups
  • Create and articulate a group vision
  • Inspire others to exercise leadership  
  • Solve a real world problem

Phase 2 is only open to students that complete Phase 1 and are accepted into the second year.


- Attend weekly workshops (including our speaker series

- Attend the Fall Retreat (fall semester only)

- Attend the leadership conference (spring semester only)

- Complete papers and other assignments

Phase 1 meets Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in Student Center Cardinal Hall. Phase 2 meets Wednesday nights.

If you have questions about the program contact us! Or visit us on Benny Link!

If you're interested in registering for EIL, email us at EIL@bsu.edu