introducing the applied leadership certificate

Leadership is developed every day through actions and decisions we make for ourselves and others. It is a journey that lasts a lifetime and the GSL World Summit can serve as an important first step. For those that are committed to continuing their leadership journey after the programme, the GSL Certificate in Applied Leadership offers a structured opportunity to do so.

We challenge all students who participate in the GSL World Summit to complete a personal and a team project.  This certificate, challenges you to take your leadership journey to the next level, to reflect on your learning, share your learning with others, to connect with people outside of your network, and to keep in touch and utilise the network you have gained.

The Certificate consists of challenges that are to be completed within ten months following the World Summit. You will be required to complete seven of the ten challenges to be eligible for the certificate. Each challenge allows the participant to develop a different aspect of their ability as a leader of themselves and others.

Participants will be asked to submit evidence of their completion of their challenges and which are endorsed by a teacher at your school.


To take part and be eligible, we ask students to complete the registration form.  We will then send you further details on each challenge so you can get started.

If you have any questions, please include in your registration form, or email our team; 


Core challenges to be completed 

You are required to complete all 5 core challenges to be eligible for the certificate

  • write and submit a leadership blog

    Reflect on your leadership journey so far

  • Submit a Global Goals Project plan for feedback

    The plan should be submitted with a team of 3 to 7 students as part of the Global Goals Project Competition

  • Implement Global Goals Project

    With a team and submit a blog about your project

  • Submit Global Goals Project final report

    Outlining your learning and impact

Optional challenges

You are required to complete 2 of the 5 challenges to be eligible for the certificate.  You can choose which challenges you do, and are welcome to do more than two.

  • Organise an online exchange with another GSL school & country to share lessons learned

  • interview a social leader in your country

    This could be face to face or online

  • Inspire others - Deliver an assembly at your school

    About a theme you are passionate about, along the lines of the GSL Inspire talk

  • Show gratitude - Write a letter or digital message to a special person in your network

  • Become a GSL Ambassador

    Help us to grow the GSL movement