National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

Connecting Sophomores to Leadership and Success at Westfield State

In the second year of the Emerging Leaders Program, our program assists students in higher level group development, explores the range of
personal learning and leadership styles, and helps students discover their
strengths and effective leadership practices.

Student Affairs and Academic Affairs has combined efforts to host a chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success here at the university.

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is the nation’s largest leadership honor society and collegiate leadership development program, working with nearly one million students in over 600 colleges.  NSLS differentiates itself from traditional honor societies –  students must complete a step-by-step leadership development program in order to be inducted. It allows each campus to identify the group(s) they will focus on.  For Westfield State University, that focus will be on second-year students with a minimum GPA of 2.75, who demonstrate strong leadership engagement.

The NSLS curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop many in-demand skills such as leadership, communication, and team building. The five-step program includes:

  1. Orientation: This is the first event on campus for new members to learn about the program and the schedule of events for the semester.
  2. Leadership Training Day: Student members attend a training session where they identify goals and overcome obstacles.
  3. Speaker Broadcast Events: Live streamed events with leaders, celebrities and best-selling authors are scheduled six times per year.
  4. Three Success Networking Team Meetings: Students are assigned to small peer groups and meet bi-weekly to set goals and hold each other accountable.
  5. Induction: Members receive a Certificate of Leadership Training honoring their achievement and lifetime membership into NSLS.

More information about the society, including benefits to students, also available on NSLS.org.