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National Society of Leadership and Success

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Who is The National Society of Leadership and Success?

The NSLS is the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. With 687 chapters, the NSLS currently has 1,033,379 members nationwide.

In addition to honorable distinction, the NSLS provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation at their campus or online. Upon completion of the program, members receive their leadership certificate and take their place among the top student leaders at their campus and across the country. Members are able to list their affiliation on all statements of personal accomplishment, including their resume.

Membership is for life and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, and discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.

The NSLS Program

Students accept their nomination to become recognized as members of the NSLS. However, to achieve induction members must attend Orientation, Leadership Training Day, 3 Speaker Broadcasts and 3 Success Networking Team meetings.


This is the first event on campus for new members. Students learn the steps of the leadership development program and the schedule of events for the semester.

Leadership Training Day

Student members attend an interactive video training session where they identify goals and overcome obstacles. This interactive and introspective seminar helps members identify their true passions and strengths while creating action steps to achieve their goals.

Speaker Broadcasts

Live streamed events with leaders, celebrities and best-selling authors are scheduled six times per year. Topics include leadership, identifying goals, facing challenges, personal growth and successfully transitioning from college to career. Students interact with the speakers via Twitter and Facebook during each broadcast.

Success Networking Teams

Students are assigned to small groups and meet bi-weekly to set goals for future success. Members hold each other accountable using a highly specialized formula proven to produce results. After each meeting, students submit a reflective journal entry online, providing advisors the opportunity to coach and mentor in a format which actively engages students.


This is the final step towards induction. Most campuses hold a formal induction ceremony which can be shared with family and friends. At this ceremony, students are presented with their Certificate of Leadership Training honoring their achievement and lifetime membership in the NSLS.

Membership Benefits

The NSLS provides benefits to help members on their own personal success journey. These include opportunities for all members and exclusive benefits for those who achieve induction.

Pre-Induction Membership Benefits

  • Scholarships & Awards: Access to over a quarter-million dollars exclusively to NSLS members each year for tuition, community service and educational assistance
  • Job Bank: Apply to jobs/internships and access to employers seeking to hire NSLS members
  • Partner Discounts & Benefits: Enjoy discounts on many retail goods and services
  • Speaker Broadcasts: A series of six live streamed speaker broadcasts per year by celebrities, authors, motivational speakers and professionals on relevant topics facing students and graduates
  • Success Networking Team: Participate with your NSLS peers in goal setting, accountability and commitment to action
  • Success Coaches: Improve skills, refine focus and interact with a professional success coach
  • Broadcast Archive: Online access to past presentations from more than 50 nationally renowned NSLS speakers; Click Here to see some of our past speakers
  • Professional Communication Training: A professionally administered communication assessment tool (DiSC) helps you identify your own communication style, teaches you to recognize and appreciate other styles and prepares you to interact effectively with others
  • Social Events: Meet like-minded people and make friends at social events, fundraising events, service projects and other NSLS gatherings
  • Leadership Collection: Online interview series with career experts to guide you in landing your dream job
  • Motivational Mondays: Get inspired each week by a recording delivered directly to you
  • Monthly Newsletter: Read the NSLS Newsletter highlighting scholarships, chapter and member success stories, advice from leading motivational speakers and more
  • Member Shop: In addition to the items you receive upon induction, the shop provides you with a wider selection to commemorate your membership

Post-Induction Membership Benefits

  • Letter of Recommendation: Receive a personalized letter of recommendation that you can send to employers and admissions offices
  • Graduation Honors: Proudly wear honor cords, stole and charm at your graduation as an inducted member
  • Scholarships & Awards for Inducted Members: Additional scholarships available to inducted members
  • Leadership Training Certification: Awarded after completion of the leadership training program
  • Resume Enhancement: NSLS membership on your resume sets you apart as a leader to admission counselors and employers
  • Inducted Member Items: Receive your leadership certificate, NSLS t-shirt, car decal, and NSLS insignia pin upon induction
  • Leadership Opportunities: Avail yourself of opportunities for local, regional, or national leadership positions in the NSLS
  • Presidential Members (3.3+ GPA): Receive a Presidential Seal on your leadership training certificate
  • Nationwide Network: Join over 1,033,379 members at over 687 colleges in a network of support and motivation


of NSLS members transitioning into careers landed the job of their choice upon graduating and nearly 80% of those students attributed their success to the NSLS's program

National Survey of NSLS Members

We conduct annual national surveys of all our members and continuously strive to incorporate feedback to improve our program.


would recommend the NSLS to their peers


Indicated the NSLS impacted their likelihood of achieving their life goals


Reported that the NSLS impactedtheir likelihood of landing their desired future job


Believe the program was worththeir time spent


Report they have improved theirdecision making skills, self-awareness,respect for others, ability to beassertive and interpersonalrelationship skills


Of NSLS members transitioning intocareers landed the job of their choiceupon graduating and nearly 80% of thosestudents attributed their success tothe NSLS's program

image of Shaven Jones, student - University of Memphis

"It is more than receiving honors and getting to wear a pretty gold chord at graduation. The NSLS helps you focus on what you really want out of life and helps you network with people who are reaching towards the same success as you." Shaven Jones (University of Memphis)



image of Lucas Fernandes, student - Middlesex Community College



"By joining NSLS you may develop more powerful ideas, enhance communication among people who want to succeed in their goals, broaden your contact network, and gain plenty of motivation and confidence to accomplish most of your objectives." Lucas Fernandes (Middlesex Community College)



image of Shanika McKoy, student - University of Hartford



"The NSLS offers you everything you could ever want in a college experience in one, neatly organized group, dedicated to success and opportunity." Shanika McKoy (University of Memphis)

1. Orientation: the first meeting that occurs each semester and will give you access to all the information you need about the program in order to successfully complete the steps for induction as a member.

Orientation for the Spring 2020 cohort is (choose only one date) Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in SAC Ballrooms A or Friday, February 21, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM in SAC Laker Lounge.

2. Leadership Training Day: an 8-hour training session including an interactive video component as well as a workbook designed to help you identify and overcome any obstacles that may interfere with obtaining your goals. This introspective seminar helps you to recognize your strengths and weaknesses, in order to shift your focus toward your real passions.

Leadership Training Day for the Spring 2020 cohort is Saturday, March 07, 2020, 9 AM – 5 PM in SAC Ballrooms A, B, & C.

3. Three speaker broadcast events: you will watch some of the world's most successful motivational speakers discussing topics related to leadership, identifying goals, facing challenges, personal growth, and successfully transitioning from college to career.

Speaker Broadcasts Dates:

March 24, 2020 - SAC Ballroom A from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

April 3, 2020 - SAC Ballroom A from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

April 17, 2020 – UC 272 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

4. Three Success Networking Team meetings: bring together groups of students that work together and provide peer coaching on achieving goals. You can discuss goals, desires and expectations, set timelines and hold each other accountable for achieving what you want. The Success Networking Team provides members with a support network of like-minded goal-oriented students on campus.

Success Networking Team (SNTs) meetings will be determine by each group at Leadership Training Day. For more information or questions regarding the National Society for Leadership and Success, please contact Tiffany P. Burston, Administrative Assistant of the Student Activities Center or visit the National Society for Leadership and Success website:

Induction Ceremony: Saturday, May 2, 2020 SAC Ballrooms ABC from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Laker Challenge Course Dates: (choose only one date)

February 28, 2020 – SAC Fitness Desk – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

March 27, 2020 – SAC Fitness Desk – 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

All Requirements Due: April 17, 2020

Induction Ceremony: Saturday, May 2, 2020 SAC Ballrooms ABC from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

For more information or questions regarding the National Society for Leadership and Success, please contact Tiffany P. Burston, Administrative Assistant of the Student Activities Center.