National Society of Leadership and Success

Students posing behind a banner that reads "National Society of Leadership and Success"

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is the largest leadership honor society in the United States. Our NSLS chapter at SUNY Cortland was started in 2015 and is part of the national organization with 700+ chapters and over 1.8 million members.

Students are selected based on academic achievement and leadership potential. As of 2023, we have 3,542 members who have access to:

The NSLS leadership program teaches the interpersonal skills that employers seek to give you an edge in the job market. Hear directly from current members as they share how their experience has changed their life.

If you become a member, some of the other benefits are:

  • Learn from exceptional leaders like former President Barack Obama during exclusive Speaker Broadcasts.
  • Meet new friends and make lifelong connections (on-campus and virtually).
  • Overcome challenges with success coaches shortcutting your way to success.
  • Access to private networking events.

Visit the NSLS website to learn more about and accept your nomination.


Frequently Asked Questions:
Some of the common questions we receive are listed below. If you have any other questions, email or visit to chat with a National Office team member.

What do I have to do to become inducted?
Our four-step program takes approximately 10 hours over the course of the semester at your pace.

The four steps to induction include:

  1. Orientation
  2. Leadership Training Day
  3. Speaker Broadcast Events featuring webcasts of some of the world's most successful motivational speakers
  4. Three Success Networking Team Meetings

Is this recognized on campus?
Yes, we are a recognized leadership development organization on campus. 

When are NSLS events?

National Society for Leadership & Success – Spring 2024

Orientation Feb. 6 & 7 7 p.m. Sperry, Room 105
Leadership Training Day Feb. 20 & 21 7 p.m. Sperry, Room 105
Speaker Broadcast #1 March 5 & 6 7 p.m. Sperry, Room 105
Speaker Broadcast #2 March 19 & 20 7 p.m. Sperry, Room 105
Speaker Broadcast #3 April 2 & 3 7 p.m. Sperry, Room 105

*For each event, select which date works best for you. 

In addition to the leadership development activities that come with the induction process, students will have access to more than $100,000 in scholarship and award money, earn a certificate to signify their leadership training and discover the ability to connect with thousands of other inducted members.

For information about the National Society of Leadership and Success, email or visit