The National Society of Leadership and Success
Building leaders who make a better world
The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded with the sole purpose of creating lasting positive change. Beginning with a handful of chapters, the NSLS now reaches more than one million students at hundreds of chapters around the world. The NSLS encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its chapters and members.

As a mission-driven organization dedicated to helping each student succeed, the NSLS has aligned around the highest educational standards in the nation and makes a bold commitment to providing meaningful learning experiences that inspire students to engage on their campus or school, driven with a new passion and purpose to succeed. Through our suite of innovative leadership programming and services, the NSLS programs address the challenge of educating for personal leadership and community development in two primary ways - training educators/faculty and engaging students.

Our unique approach prioritizes integration and multi-disciplinary engagement through exclusive content, dynamic leadership experiences and building community. 

Our Approach to our Work Focuses on Key Concepts

Leadership Development is what we do

The knowledge, skills, and disposition towards self-learning initiative, empathy, resilience, and creative problem-solving are critical to leadership development. Today, change is the only constant. Those who ultimately succeed will embrace this continuous change and realize that their determination and ability to handle new circumstances is what will help them advance in leadership.

The underlying need for lifelong learning—as an essential prerequisite for individual fulfillment and attainment—is what makes education the most important and valuable industry in today’s knowledge economy.

Innovation Begins with Leaders

Each year, we dig deep into new content, new themes and unique perspectives of leadership to plan our learning projects. Our content emphasizes the skills and knowledge competencies like learning how to learn, cultural competence, communication and interaction, and self-development. All of these lead to a goal of helping learners take care of oneself with a balance of supporting and influencing others. Our programs emphasize building active skills students need for life leadership, such as personal entrepreneurship, participation, communication, problem-solving, and creating a sustainable future.

Everyone has Leadership Potential

We believe that with dedication, resources and support, every person is capable of achieving their dreams. NSLS is an organization comprised of mission-driven, passionate, and committed individuals working toward a shared vision.

Our values inform the way we communicate, interact and support one another as a team working to accomplish an ambitious mission.

Experience IS Leadership

We believe leadership development is a personal journey. Students are all individuals, so we can’t teach them all in the same way. We make a point of having our own team, faculty, educators, and students from different backgrounds work together and learn in unique ways. We expect active learning and encourage students to do more. We facilitate curiosity and help everyone learn and develop in personal ways. When people become opened to possibilities and take action towards those possibilities, that process in and of itself, can be transformative.

As NSLS Learners We Strive to Achieve these Goals:

Core Purpose and Self-Initiative

Owning the responsibility of actions, self-development, and future planning are essential parts of  progressing as an individual leader. Resilience, creativity, and innovation all stem from curiosity. We like to get geeked out about all sorts of topics that drive us to think differently.

Confidence and Tenacity

Without natural leaders of the world who challenge the status quo, we would never achieve lasting change or have the courage to lead the difficult challenges that face us. We are tenacious and always portray a positive attitude to communicate with confidence, and open-mindedness, and flexibility. We like to work alongside others who overcome obstacles and can persevere positively.

Critical and Creative Problem-Solving

Creative problem-solving is looking at the world with curiosity and finding innovative, useful, and original solutions to all kinds of problems. Cross-functional teamwork is at the root of our internal and external process. We employ a commitment to fostering a 'we' culture and look for people with dynamite, positive attitudes.

Making an Impact

Through life-changing and life-long learning experiences, leaders learn how to use their passion, knowledge, and skills to create impact for others and the world. We think genuinely about our roles and find a connection to others that drives our goals in the right ways, and we all demonstrate a commitment to be aware of who we are and our impact in our community so that we can learn and grow.

Our program blends knowledge with real-time practical learning leadership experiences, ensuring the most impactful development both professionally and personally. 

We embed experiences and content in an integrated way into the program with resources that leads to quality impact and transformative experiences. Our content provided applies to a wide range of student participants. These participants include: 
  • Educators and faculty members are provided with professional training and development, and a variety of teaching tools and resources
  • Students are provided with numerous leadership opportunities, all serviced with hands-on support
We are, at our core, a capacity building team working to help students build their agency to engage as responsible, global leaders who help to build a better world.