The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the Terry College of Business was established in 2001 to develop a new class of business and community leaders. For the founders, “new” meant more than the creation of a replacement pool for today’s leadership. It meant leaders who embraced a leadership perspective grounded in values that serve their communities and organizations.

To accomplish this goal, ILA develops capabilities, layered on top of the student’s academic major, that promote:

  1. On-going self-development
  2. Compelling communication of vision
  3. Effective implementation of organizational goals
  4. Adaptability to the changing environment
  5. The ability to create high performing teams
  6. Strong business acumen


The Terry Leadership Speaker Series presented by the Institute for Leadership Advancement brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to the Terry College of Business and the University of Georgia. In these student-oriented forums, leaders are asked to discuss their unique leadership styles and experiences.

Certificate Programs

ILA facilitates two undergraduate leadership certificate programs:

These programs aim to create a new class of leaders who are well trained and embrace ILA’s values. Completion of either program earns a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership.

Our Approach

Organization leaders today are faced with challenges of globalization, digitalization, a heightened emphasis on performance and more complex organizational contexts filled with a more diverse population. To be effective, leaders are needed at every level of the organization who can used multiple intelligences to make decisions, lead innovation and promote teamwork.

Leading organizations recognize that the development of leadership skills occurs beyond the classroom, in action learning situations, often by providing the individual with challenging work with coaching and feedback. Our approach to leadership development in ILA mirrors these best practices by providing students with self-assessments, coaching/mentoring, action learning and feedback focused on the development of greater emotional competence.



Arthur Blank talks to students about Home Depot's culture

The theme that runs through all of Arthur Blank’s ventures, from Home Depot to The Atlanta Falcons, is a commitment to a customer-first, principled culture.


Accounting major went from representing UGA in the pool to representing some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports

A former collegiate swimmer for UGA and certified public accountant with KPMG in Los Angeles, Chris Brearton (BBA ’92) fielded questions at a Terry Leadership Speaker Series event about his failures at networking, why teamwork matters, and the single best lesson he learned at UGA.


Kinsman has worked—and played—hard, studied abroad, tackled internships and served as president of the Corsair Society. His next stop? Wall Street…after one more trip to Europe

Kinsman has worked—and played—hard, studied abroad, tackled internships and served as president of the Corsair Society. His next stop: Wall Street … after one more trip to Europe.