The National Society of Leadership and Success
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Letter from the PresidentAnnouncementsSuccess CornerSociety Spotlight Monthly Motivation

Letter From the President: 

Dear Society Member,

I hope your fall semester is off to a great start! October is officially upon us, and that means one of America’s most celebrated holidays is just ‘a bone’s throw away.’ In the spirit of Halloween, I want to take this opportunity to share valuable leadership lessons this spooky holiday has to offer.

· Never Walk Alone: In a suspenseful scene in a scary movie when a character is separated from the pack or is walking down a dark street alone, you know something bad is about to happen. The same applies in leadership. When you’re on your own, you are more vulnerable to having tunnel vision, and may not challenge yourself to venture paths unknown. When you are in the company of leaders, you are more likely to overcome your fears through group support. Great leaders stick together and enhance their team by working in sync, which allows them to travel into uncharted territory, tackle new opportunities, and problem solve in ways they couldn’t do alone.

· Treats Not Tricks: Although the members of your team might not be ringing your doorbell asking for a tasty handout, it’s important to provide “treats” on a regular basis. Recognition and positive feedback are like candy in terms of fueling a team to thrive and go the extra mile.

· Creativity Is Key: Halloween inspires even the most introverted people to step outside of their comfort zone and express their creative side. As a leader, it’s your duty to foster an environment that accepts and encourages creativity. Doing so will empower more people to participate, opening the door to more ideas and innovative solutions.

· Masks Off: While it’s exciting to embrace a new identity for the day, it’s vital for leaders to stay true to themselves, be consistent, and be authentic. The trust of your team is crucial for achieving success.

This month I encourage you to balance all your hard work with a little bit of fun. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for more leadership truths throughout your autumn festivities.

Best wishes,

Charles Knippen
The National Society of Leadership and Success

Continue reading below in the Monthly Motivation section to take the Halloween Leadership Challenge.
Success Corner: 

Pillars represent the ten best practices of successful chapters.
We are excited to recognize our chapters that have gone above and beyond by receiving the Founder's List and Order of Sigma awards this fall. Congratulations!
Monthly Motivation: 

“If a man harbors any sort of fear, it makes him landlord to a ghost.”
― Lloyd Douglas

A Halloween Leadership Challenge
By Kevin Eikenberry

Click here to take the challenge.

Leadership Lessons from Scary Movies
By Eric Zakovich

Inject a little fun into your Halloween! Here are some leadership lessons you can take from some of my favorite scary movies.
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Tom woke up Halloween morning and mentally previewed the day ahead. He didn’t have to think much to know it was going to be a long one. A full day of leadership training followed immediately by the costume party his wife was dragging him to. The only good thing about the day that he could think of was that he wouldn’t have time in between the training and the party to put on a costume. Since he wasn’t a big fan of Halloween or of costume parties, that would be just fine with him.

He smiled as he thought about how he’d slipped this one by his wife. He said if someone asked, he’d say he was dressed as a businessman on casual Friday...
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Our members are leading and inspiring individuals on their campuses and in their communities across the country every day, and we want to help tell those stories! Articles and other content for upcoming newsletters can be submitted anytime to Please include photos from your event, and let us know what you were doing, who participated and how it impacted your members and community. So many chapters are making a difference every day. Keep up the good work!

Society Spotlight: 

Chapter Events
and Highlights

Midwest Regional Leadership Retreat

Shout-out to the 41 chapter leaders who attended our recent Midwest Regional Leadership Retreat at Waubonsee Community College! Big thanks to our wonderful hosts at WCC for making the weekend a great success!

West Regional Leadership Retreat

35 chapter leaders attended our recent West Regional Leadership Retreat at Azusa Pacific University! Many thanks to our hosts at APU for making the event a huge success!

Southeast Regional Leadership Retreat

Our Southeast Regional Leadership Retreat at North Carolina State University was a success thanks to the 47 chapter leaders in attendance! Thanks to NC State for hosting the event!


Speaker Broadcasts:

We are excited to announce that the kick-off to our Fall 2017 Speaker Broadcast season is just days away!

Click here for Fall 2017 Speaker Broadcast lineup details.

Reminder: Fall 2017 Scholarships and Awards

The Fall 2017 submission period closes Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Click here to download the Scholarships & Awards Packet and begin your application.


As a reminder, applications are being accepted for the following:

Mission-Based Scholarships and Grants
Title Amount Number Awarded Each Term Membership Requirement
Society State of Mind Award $1,000 50 All
Healthy Living Grant $1,000 5 All
Academic Excellence Scholarship $3,000 12 Inducted
Entrepreneur Award Upon request:
maximum of $7,500
Varies Inducted
Dream Support Grant Upon request: maximum of $5,000 Varies Inducted
Learning Leadership to Living Leadership $500 10 Scholarship exclusively available to members at pilot chapters running Advanced Leadership Certification.
Need-Based Scholarships and Grants
Title Amount Number Awarded Each Term Membership Requirement
Financial Aid Materials Grant $1,000 5 All
Society Little Leaders Award $1,200 5 All

Member Benefits

Looking to travel on your own, or in a group this Spring or Summer Break?
Check out our featured travel partners to get exclusive Society member discounts


As a Society member, you have access to unpublished hotel discounts and other special offers at 150,000+ brand name, boutique and independent hotels and resorts around the world. Members receive access to hotel deals for FREE, as the normal $99 fee for access is waived! Click here for more information.

Outward Bound Costa Rica

Take the Unbeaten Path to Study Abroad This Spring!

Our partners at Outward Bound Costa Rica (OBCR) firmly believe there is no better way to develop leadership skills than with real-time experience in the field.

OBCR's Gap Year & Semester programs push students to challenge themselves, work together, and become leaders. Whether it's through gaining outdoor certifications, battling whitewater rapids, speaking Spanish, or serving local communities, your experience will expose you to new challenges and allow you to grow in ways you never expected.  

Is a semester too long to be away? Check out OBCR's 19+ Summer Expeditions. Come for one week, or combine both courses for two weeks this summer.

This past summer, seven Society members joined OBCR on an 8-day 18+ Panama Expedition! Don't miss out on your chance to join them this spring or summer. All Society members are eligible for a 10% discount off course tuition.

True Nature Education

Register Now! Space is Limited!

For the past five years, the Society has partnered with True Nature Education to invite members to participate in an immersive travel abroad opportunity to Costa Rica, which embodies the essence of service leadership. Last year, we expanded our program to Peru and Italy. This year, we are very excited to expand our program to the mythical land of Greece.

Plan Your Summer and Winter Breaks Now!

Costa Rica Service, Adventure and Leadership Program
Registration Open!

Winter 2017:
December 9th - 16th, 2017
(Only a Few Spots Left!)

Summer 2018:
June 9th - 16th, 2018

July 21st - 28th, 2018

Winter 2018:
December 8th - 15th, 2018

Peru, Italy, and Greece Adventure, Culture, and Leadership Programs
Registration Open!
*NEW Summer 2018

*Greece 2018:
June 9th - 15th, 2018

Peru 2018:
July 28th - August 4th, 2018

Italy 2018:
July 29th - August 4th, 2018

Society Members Receive a $350 Discount Off Program Tuition!

Limited number of spaces are left for these trips.

Register Now to secure your spot!

Learn More

For the full list of partner discounts you receive as a Society member, please log in to your Members Area by clicking here.