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EMERGING LEADERS PROGRAMS            [ Back to Top ]

Emerging Leaders are from every age range and every demographic group who are working and are committed to enhancing their communities. Including those who may have been working, but because of gender, ethnicity, geographic isolation, or other social or cultural barriers have had limited access to leadership or leadership development opportunities.

CAREER PATH            [ Back to Top ]

High School/College Undergrad            [ Back to Top ]

Cleveland's Bridge Building Program seeks to build a continuum of leaders and leadership practices that effectively shape the future of the Cleveland community. The program identifies, trains, and channels emerging leaders into active, effective civic participants.

The Eisenhower Fellowships' Multi Nation Program, its largest and oldest, brings to the United States 25 emerging leaders from as many countries. The Multi Nation program provides two months of coast-to-coast travel, with a custom-designed program for each participant. The Single Nation/Single Area Program brings to the United States approximately fifteen emerging leaders in fields important to the future of their country.

The Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellowship Program selects six bright and highly motivated recent college graduates to engage in ten months of intensive study, volunteer work, and professional development. The program is sponsored by the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. Applicants should be recent college graduates who are interested in working in the nonprofit sector.

The Heartland Center for Leadership Development is an independent, nonprofit organization developing local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future. A major focus of the Heartland Center's activities is practical resources and public policies for rural community survival.

Professional/Graduate Level            [ Back to Top ]

The Master in Leadership Studies is an accelerated, rigorous one-year course of study offered by the Jepson School of Leadership Studies. The inaugural class begins in 2003. The Jepson School of Leadership Studies is the nation's first undergraduate school of leadership studies with the mission to educate people for and about leadership. The program aims to equip emerging leaders in their respective fields and organizations as well as to deeply educate students who are already in leadership roles.

Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) is a forum for association professionals looking for a way to get involved in the association community early in their careers. Emerging Leader Education Programs: These ELN-sponsored GWSAE programs are focused on providing the tools and knowledge Emerging Leaders need to advance their career.

Fellowships FOR Leadership DEVELOPMENT            [ Back to Top ]

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. Fellows are chosen on the basis of their leadership potential and commitment to community or national service, as well as for academic excellence.

New Voices, inaugurated in 1999, is a national program to help nonprofit organizations bring innovative new talent to their staffs. It awards salary-support grants to small nonprofits demonstrating a commitment to cultivating and strengthening the leadership potential of "new voices."

The American Leadership Forum (ALF) was founded in 1980 by Joseph Jaworski, who left his law practice to address a serious national problem-the country's leadership crisis. After a year of meeting with leaders from across the United States, he had a clear vision of what he wanted to create: a national organization dedicated to bringing together leaders from various sectors in communities across the country-developing their leadership skills and capacity-and strengthening their commitment to work together on public issues.

White House Fellowships have offered outstanding young Americans the opportunity to participate in the day to day business of governing the nation since 1964. After a highly competitive selection process, 11 to 19 men and women are chosen to serve for a year as White House Fellows.

The American Association of University Women Education Foundation is one of the largest sources of funding in the world exclusively for graduate women and in 2002-03 will distribute more than $4 million in fellowships, grants, and awards. More than a century after the first grant was awarded, the Foundation continues a dynamic and distinguished tradition of advancing educational and career opportunities for all women.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

The Office of Fellowships (OF) of the Smithsonian Institution has the central management and administrative responsibility for the Institution's programs of research grants, fellowships, and other scholarly appointments. One of its primary objectives is the facilitation of the Smithsonian's scholarly interactions with students and scholars at universities, museums, and other research institutions around the world.

Fellowships Available For Specific Ethnic Populations           
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Women and Minorities are the focus of this site at Yale University that features several fellowship programs and other resources of interest to graduate students in computer science

Sponsored by Association for Asian Studies, this website features directory of sites offering Fellowships and Grant targeted to members of the Asian Community.

Emerging Leaders National Council of La Raza The Center uses a strategic, institution-building approach to leadership development. It works primarily with a national Lideres Network of local, community-based programs and campus-based student organizations that serve Latino youth.

Coaching/Assessment Tools            [ Back to Top ]

Jossey-Bass Series of Leadership Assessment Tools are hands-on training resources-based on the power of 360-degree feedback-help individuals and organizations put The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership into practice.,,9640,00.html

LEAD is an easy-to-access learning experience that focuses on techniques for building critical leadership skills. This web-based program provides managers with learning and performance support tools for developing leadership skills on-the-job. Based on CCL's extensive research on executive success and derailment contrasting managers who "make it" to the top with those who leave organizations non-voluntarily or reach a plateau.

Leadership Advantage is an executive and organization development consulting firm dedicated to helping executives achieve more of the results they want. By providing reliable and usable input from co-workers, 360-degree feedback helps you see and understand what's working and what needs attention in your world.

A Servant-Leader Assessment Tool provides suggested competencies for effective leadership in organizations and identifies and provides links for many core leadership competencies such as communication, motivating others, valuing diversity, conflict management, systems thinking, and team building

The Educational Leadership Toolkit has a leadership self-assessment and a team climate survey.

The Free Management Library website offers additional tools and assessments on their web page entitled Various Needs Assessments to Help Identify Leadership Development Goals.

Leadership Assessment Tools is the Government of Canada's Leadership Network. They have tools for assessing leadership competencies, leadership styles, and leadership transition skills.


Non-Academic Leadership Development Programs            [ Back to Top ]

CENTERPOINT FOR LEADERS helps leaders realize their potential, as well as the leadership potential of the people and organizations with whom they work through: Workshops/Retreats; the Tri Sector Fellows Program (tri-sector teaming); Peer learning and coaching; Toolkit of Leadership Development instruments (e.g. Assessment and development instruments); Clearinghouse of resources available on leadership development. Most of the assistance is available in a private/safe environment (Internet) and develops the whole leader (mind, body and spirit).

THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE LEADERSHIP is the largest trainer of corporate executives in the area of leadership (the number one leadership development organization in the world). They also fund and conduct a wide range of research on leadership and organizational effectiveness. The Center offers: Leadership Development Programs, Assessment Tools and Simulations, Ongoing Research and Publications, and Affinity Networks, Alumni Conferences, Councils and Memberships.

THE CENTRE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES IN LEADERSHIP has been founded in Stockholm to further promote a research environment in which ideas of leadership can be exchanged, developed and challenged. The Centre is the result of a unique collaboration between the Stockholm School of Economics, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Swedish National Institute for Working Life.

ACHIEVE GLOBAL has a learning-based solutions focus on skills training and consulting services in customer service, leadership and teamwork. All successful organizations have one thing in common: employees, who are connected to a clear strategic vision, motivated to perform and prepared to achieve. Provides: Leadership Development at all Levels, Coaching, Building Collaborative Relationships with your Peers, Assessments, Planning, etc.

THE PETER F. DRUCKER FOUNDATION FOR NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT leads social sector organizations toward excellence in performance. The Foundation offers: the Hesselbein Fellows Program, Conferences, Courses, and Publications.

GREENLEAF CENTER FOR SERVANT-LEADERSHIP helps people understand the principles and practices of servant-leadership; nurture colleagues and institutions by providing a focal point and opportunities to share thoughts and ideas on servant-leadership; produce and publish new resources by others on servant-leadership; and to connect servant-leaders in a network of learning. The Center offers Books, Tapes, An Annual Conference, Leadership Institute for Higher Education, and Reading and Dialogue Groups.

HEARTLAND CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT develops local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future. A major focus of the Heartland Center's activities is practical resources and public policies for rural community survival. Programs range from workshops for small town leadership groups to assessing the impact of national community development models. The Center publishes brochures and guides on topics such as: workable strategies for community and economic improvement, education and economic development, renewing community leadership and secrets to coping with change in small towns.

KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP is taking an innovative approach to accelerating entrepreneurship through educational programming and research. Inspired by his passion to provide opportunity for other entrepreneurs, Ewing Marion Kauffman launched the Kauffman Center, the largest organization sole focused on entrepreneurship at all levels from elementary students to high-growth entrepreneurs.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP ADVANCEMENT links leadership development specialists with current and potential leaders. Utilizing a vast array of college faculty and other leadership development experts from across the United States, the Rocky Mountain Institute for Leadership Advancement serves as a leadership training and publication center. Rocky Mountain Institute for Leadership Advancement, 524 Emery Street, Longmont, Colorado 80501; 303.684.6480; 1.888.709.0088.

THE JAMES MACGREGOR BURNS ACADEMY OF LEADERSHIP AND THE INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION housed at the University of Maryland promote leadership knowledge and practices that empower all those who strive for a just, equitable and thriving society, particularly those who have been historically underrepresented in leadership.

THE BANFF CENTRE programs meet the unique development needs and enhance the day-to-day effectiveness of directors, managers, and team leaders in private, public, and other sectors. They are renowned for their impact and focus on developing business and personal skills, including team leadership, business management, change management, performance management, people management and development, communications, facilitation, planning, critical thinking, and creativity.

THE CONFERENCE BOARD disseminates knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society. Working as a global, independent membership organization in the public interest, we conduct research, convene conferences, make forecasts, assess trends, publish information and analysis, and bring executives together to learn from one another.

IVY SEA, INC. is a "small size, big impact" firm based in San Francisco, California who seeks to help organizations of all sizes to navigate change more effectively, find and communicate with a more authentic voice, and work in alignment with the values of conscious and sustainable enterprise.

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE'S mission is to bring together top executive leaders and to encourage leading scholars to share their perspectives, and promote further research in the field of leadership. The institute's collaboration of renowned academics with their business, economic, theological, legal, political, and medical backgrounds brings refreshing insights to the world of leadership.

THE EMERGING LEADER CONGRESSIONAL STAFF PROGRAM combines one-on-one mentoring and group discussions tailored to the needs and interests of each emerging leader to examine all pertinent aspects of congressional work, including legislative procedures, management, policy, professional networking, and the informal culture that contributes to a smooth functioning of the Congress.

THE ANNUAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OF THE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION brings together leadership development professionals, graduates and other civic-minded individuals from across the United States and beyond to exchange innovative ideas, viewpoints and resources to help strengthen and transform communities.

EMERGINGLEADER.COM is a user driven website which serves both as a sounding board for fresh leadership ideas and a repository for lessons learned and experience gained. The idea is that one person does not hold all the answers but together we can piece together the tricks of the trade and help each other to be better, more effective leaders.

THE HENRY KRAVIS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE of Claremont McKenna College was established to promote the study of leadership. The Institute pursues a broad range of interdisciplinary research projects on leadership, entrepreneurship, and organizational effectiveness.

LEAD 411: TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CORPORATE HIERARCHY is a comprehensive resource page on the corporation and its general hierarchy with in-depth, informative links.

Academic Programs            [ Back to Top ]

Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Arizona State University
Robert F. Ashcraft
P.O. Box 874905
Tempe, AZ 85287-4905
Fax 480/727-8878
Boston College
Social Welfare Research Institute
Paul G. Schervish, Director
515 McGuinn Hall
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Fax 617-552-3903
Case Western Reserve University
Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations
Susan Lajoie Eagan, Executive Director
10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7167
City University of New York
Center for the Study of Philanthropy
Kathleen D. McCarthy, Director
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309
Fax 212/817 1572
Duke University
Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy
Charles Clotfelter, Director, Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism
Duke University, Box 90245
Durham, NC 27708-0245
Fax 919-681-8288
George Mason University
Nonprofit Management Studies
Patricia F. Lewis, Faculty, Nonprofit Professional-in-Residence
Arlington Campus
Old Building, Room 318
3401 No. Fairfax Dr. MS 5A7
Arlington, VA 22201-4498
Fax 703-799-3896
Georgetown University
Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Virginia Hodgkinson, Director
Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations
and Service
3240 Prospect St, NW, LL
Washington, DC 20007-3214
Fax 202-687-0517
Grand Valley State University
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership
Donna Van Iwaarden, Director
232C DeVos Center
401 W Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49405-6491
Fax 616-336-7592
Harvard University
Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations
Mark Moore, Director
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617/495 1113
Fax 617/495-0996
Indiana University
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
Eugene Tempel, Executive Director
550 West North Street, Suite 301
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3162
Fax 317-684-8968
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Tri Sector Studies
Lester M. Salamon, Director
Wyman Park Building
Baltimore, MD 21218
Fax 410-516-7818
La Salle University
The Nonprofit Center
Dr. Laura Otten, Director
1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
Fax 215-951-1488
New School University
Milano Graduate School of Management & Urban Policy
Aida Rodriguez, Chair, Nonprofit Management Program
72 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
212-229-5311, ext 1216
Fax 212-229-5904
New York University Law School
National Center on Philanthropy and the Law
Jill S. Manny, Executive Director
110 West 3rd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Fax 212-995-3149
New York University
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Kathy O'Regan, Director
Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy Program
4 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10003-6671
Fax 212-995-3890
Northwestern University
Center for Nonprofit Management
Donald Haider, Director
Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208
Fax 847/491-8525
Portland State University
Division of Public Administration, Hatfield School of Government
Suzanne C. Feeney, Director, Institute for Nonprofit Management
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Fax 503-725-8250
Regis University
Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Ramon Del Castillo, Chair
Mail Code L-16
333 Regis University
Denver, CO 80221-1099
(303) 964-5271
Fax 303-964-5538
The Rockefeller University
Rockefeller Archive Center
Darwin H. Stapleton, Executive Director
15 Dayton Avenue
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Fax 914-631-6017
Seattle University
Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management
Michael Bisesi, Professor and Director
900 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Fax 206-296-5402
Seton Hall University
Center for Public Service
Naomi Wish, Director
Fifth Floor
Seton Hall University, Kozlowski Hall
South Orange, NJ 07079-2691
Fax 973-275-2463
University at Albany- SUNY
Center for Women in Government & Tri Sector
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Judith R. Saidel, Director
135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
Fax 518-442-3877
University of California/Berkeley
Haas School of Business
M. Fran Van Loo
Berkeley, CA 94720-1900
Fax 510-642-4700
University of Delaware
Center for Community Development and Family Policy
Pamela Leland, Interim Director
Newark, DE 19716
Fax 302/831-4225
University of Maryland
University College
Not-For-Profit Management Graduate School
Ralph Ted Field, Director
University Boulevard and Adelphi Rd.
3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, MD 20783
Fax 301-985-4611
University of Michigan
Program on Nonprofit and Public Management.
Diane Kaplan Vinokur, Co-Director
Janet Weiss, Director
C/O School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106
(734) 647-2553
Fax (734) 763-3372
University of Minnesota
Program on Public Policy, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
William A. Diaz, Director
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fax 612-625-3513
University of Missouri/Kansas City
Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Cookingham Institute
Program on NP and Public Service Leadership
David Renz, Director
310 Bloch, 5110 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
Fax 816-235-1169
University of Missouri/St. Louis
Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program
John McClusky, Director
606 Tower
8001 Natural Bridge Road
ST. Louis, MO 63121
Fax 314/516-4245
University of Pennsylvania
Center for Community Partnerships Penn Program for Public Service
Ira Harkavy
133 S. 36th Street, Suite 519
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax 215-573-2799
University of San Francisco
Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management
Michael Cort¬s, Director
2130 Fulton Street, LM-222
San Francisco, CA 94117
Fax 415-422-5881
University of Southern California
The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
James M. Ferris, Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and Director
Lewis Hall 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
(213) 740-0388
(213) 740-0001 (fax)
University of St. Thomas
Center for Nonprofit Management
Patricia Wilder, Director,
Graduate School of Business
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2005
Fax 651-962-4125
University of Texas at Austin
RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service
Curtis Meadows, Jr., Executive Director
LBJ School of Public Affairs
P.O.Box Y
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 232-7061
Fax (512) 232-7063
University of Washington
Graduate School of Public Affairs
Steven Rathgeb Smith
Box 353055
Seattle, WA 98195-3055
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
John Palmer Smith, Executive Director
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-3176
(414) 229- 4477 fax
Virginia Commonwealth University
Nonprofit Studies
Russell A. Cargo, Director
P.O. Box 842028
Richmond, VA 23284
Fax 804/828-7463
Yale University
Program on Non-Profit Organizations
Lisa Berlinger, Director
Yale University
409 Prospect St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Fax 203-432-6591
York University
Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program
Brenda Gainer, Director Schulich School of Business
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Canada M3J 1P3
Fax 416-650-8071

Board Leadership Development             [ Back to Top ]

BoardnetUSA: VOLUNTEERING CONSULTING GROUP VCG assists nonprofit boards in defining their board recruitment objectives, and then conducts a targeted search for business, professional and community leaders with the desired expertise, diversity of perspective and resources. We also assist corporations who wish to help their executives to be strategic about board service. Executives who wish to serve as trustees are interviewed one-on-one. Board alternatives are then researched and approved. VCG arranges introductions and manages the diplomacy of the placement process.

BOARD SOURCE is the largest, most comprehensive publisher of material on nonprofit governance, offering more than 100 booklets, books, videotapes, and audiotapes. Concise and forward-thinking, the booklets are written for busy nonprofit executives and board members seeking to improve the effectiveness of their boards.

THE CONFERENCE BOARD disseminates knowledge about management and the marketplace to help businesses strengthen their performance and better serve society. Working as a global, independent membership organization in the public interest, we conduct research, convene conferences, make forecasts, assess trends, publish information and analysis, and bring executives together to learn from one another.

DR. CHARITY Development Resource Center provides training, counsel, books and publications to nonprofit organizations. It is a subsidiary of Hodiak Development.

National Association of Corporate Directors was founded in 1977 and provides educational, publishing and consulting services in board leadership and is a membership-based association for boards, directors, director-candidates and board advisors.

Trustee Leadership Development, Inc. is a national leadership education and resource center whose mission is to educate and assist a variety of leaders in diverse settings to bring about significant and constructive changes and transformation in themselves, others, their organizations, and their communities.

Publications            [ Back to Top ]

Centerpoint for Leaders is proud to be an associate of A portion of your purchase of any book through our web site goes to support our organization.

For more reading suggestions, please see our Centerpoint Bookstore page.

Common Traits of Leaders: An Introduction to "Classic" Leadership Theory, with a Twist by Scott A. Booher and Carl B. Watson, co-founders of the institute for Leadership Dynamics (iLD). (An online presentation)

Free Management Library: A complete, highly integrated library for nonprofits and for-profits.

The Leadership Challenge
by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
The third edition of The Leadership Challenge is grounded in extensive research and based on interviews with all kinds of leaders at all levels in public and private organizations from around the world. In this edition, the authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are the same today as they were in the 1980s, and as they've probably been for centuries. In that sense, nothing's new. Leadership is not a fad. While the content of leadership has not changed, the context has and in some cases, changed dramatically.

Leadership from the Inside Out
by Kevin Cashman
In this book, Kevin Cashman takes readers on a reflective, interactive journey through each of the seven pathways of mastery focusing on mastery of life, rather than on mere mastery of circumstances or of managing people to help them advance from a one-dimensional focus on external factors to a multidimensional perspective. This book redefines leadership at an essential level and is written for business people in any field.

Nobody in Charge: Essays on Leadership
by Harlan Cleveland
In this collection of essays the newest addition to the Warren Bennis Signature Series Harlan Cleveland draws on his vast experience to apply his thoughts to leadership. In each essay, Cleveland focuses on an intriguing insight about leadership-illustrated by stories from his own experience offering thoughtful perspective on what 21st century leaders will face in the new knowledge environment.

The Power of Collaborative Leadership
by Bert Frydman, Joanne Wyer, Iva M. Wilson, Peter Senge
A guide to organizational learning for business leaders. Discusses the stories of corporate leaders in a conversational format, offering ways to overcome commonly held beliefs and practices that can impede the improvement of the organization.

Principle Centered Leadership
by Stephen R. Covey
The key to dealing with the challenges that face us today is the recognition of a principle-centered core within both ourselves and our organizations. Dr. Covey offers insights and guidelines that can help you apply these principles both at work and at home leading not just to a new understanding of how to increase quality and productivity, but also to a new appreciation of the importance of building personal and professional relationships in order to enjoy a more balanced, more rewarding, more effective life.

Insights on Leadership: Service, Stewardship, Spirit, and Servant-Leadership
by Larry C. Spears
Many of today's most respected business thinkers explore how Robert Greenleaf has influenced today's leaders and discuss a range of leadership principles at the heart of his philosophy, including stewardship, the spirit of the workplace and the concept of healing leadership.

The Congruent Life: Following the Inward Path to Fulfilling Work and Inspired Leadership
by C. Michael Thompson, Robert A. Johnson
Thompson reunites two subjects that have long been separated what we do for personal fulfillment and what we do for a living. He traces the history of this separation and examines how a change in our attitudes toward work and a shift in our definition of spirituality can lead us back to a more congruent life.

The Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations
by Robert Spitzer S.J.
Many organizations have invested in the skills and structures of change, but have forgotten the more intangible quality of spirit. As a result, their changes have been short-lived, their adaptability slow, and their ability to move to the "next level" nonexistent. The absence of spirit (even with all the right skills and structures) has prevented these organizations from developing a self-motivated desire to change for the common good. Indeed, the absence of spirit has led to abject resistance to change.

Developing the Leader within You
by Maxwell
Few of us are natural-born leaders, according to John C. Maxwell, author of Developing the Leader Within You. Fortunately though, "the traits that are the raw material of leadership can be acquired," he promises. "Link them up with desire and nothing can keep you from becoming a leader. This book will supply the leadership principles. You must supply the desire." True to his words, Maxwell offers a detailed and inspiring primer on becoming a leader.

Secrets of Effective Leadership
by Fred Manske, Jr.
A treasury of practical ideas on how to lead others effectively. It was designed to shorten the leadership-development process by exposing you to a wide range of leadership wisdom. This inspirational guide book describes 17 basic leadership attributes along with strategies for developing them in yourself and others. It contains valuable ideas for unleashing your full leadership potential by building on your strengths, managing stress, and enhancing your personal life. Contains a Leadership Self-Appraisal and The Ten Commandments of Leadership.

Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community
by Max De Pree
Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller and author of two bestselling books that look at business in a decidedly nontraditional manner, now turns his attention to nonprofits and the way they bring out the best in people. Leading Without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community addresses the possibility of managing through inspiration rather than domination by drawing a distinction between "organizations" and "movements." While some may argue that his theories are a bit too touchy-feely, De Pree's successful corporate background proves that there is more to his ideas than mere rhetorical bombast.

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
by Jim Collins
In what Collins terms a prequel to the bestseller Built to Last he wrote with Jerry Porras, this worthwhile effort explores the way good organizations can be turned into ones that produce great, sustained results. To find the keys to greatness, Collins's 21-person research team (at his management research firm) read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project.

The Leader of the Future
by Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, Richard Beckhard
The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management was founded in 1990, with its mission to "help the social sector achieve excellence in performance and build responsible leadership." Hesselbein, former CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and now head of the Drucker Foundation, and her coeditors have attracted an impressive roster of contributors. Thirty-seven notables, such as Peter Senge, Charles Handy, Rosabeth Kanter, and Stephen Covey, offer their views on leadership, examining what the organization of the future will be like and how leaders might be developed.

The Web of Inclusion
by Sally Helgesen
Journalist Helgesen uses the metaphor of a spider's interweavings to symbolize what should be the new corporate structure. The web becomes not so much a sign of the information superhighway as it does an icon of a seamless, nonhierarchical, communications-oriented organization. This fluidity, she contends, is best equipped to handle the millennium's top five issues: diversity, marketing, employee empowerment, training, and strategic alliances. Her proof is offered in rather lengthy studies of five companies each of which excels in handling one of the five challenges: diversity (the Miami Herald), marketing (Intel), employee empowerment (Beth Israel Hospital in Boston), training (Anixter), and strategic alliances (Nickelodeon).

The Power of Collaborative Leadership
by Bert Frydman, Iva Wilson, JoAnne Wyer
The Power of Collaborative Leadership: Lessons for the Learning Organization helps business leaders realize the promise of organizational learning by sharing the lessons, insights, and best practices gained by two veteran managers and organizational learning pioneers. The book makes organizational learning principles and concepts more concrete by grounding them in the practical experiences of two major companies.

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The International Association of Conference Centers is a not-for-profit, facilities-based organization founded to promote a greater awareness and understanding of the unique features of conference centers around the world. Using the link below will take you to a form where you can enter criteria to locate a location for YOUR unique venue.

The Mountain is more than a spectacular site in the Southern Appalachians. It is comprised of four program centers The Retreat Center, Milestone Learning Center, Learning Center for Leadership and the future Residential Community. USA Today lists The Mountain as one of the ten "Great Places to Renew the Soul" in the U.S.

Dolce Conference Destinations are places where the noise and distractions of every day fade and disappear, where people gather to share new ideas, seek better solutions, and cultivate wisdom. Where the imaginations of your team forge a shared belief to build the future. Dolce has locations in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Lansdowne Resort is one of a handful of exclusive, premier resorts managed by Benchmark Hospitality. Lansdowne is located just eight miles from Washington Dulles International airport and 25 miles from Washington, DC. The 305-room resort, set on 205 acres of secluded countryside, offers an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship golf course, health club and spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, three lighted tennis courts, and four restaurants and lounges.

Xerox University now known as The National Conference Center, located in historic Leesburg, Virginia offers 110 acres of natural, wooded surroundings teeming with deer and other gentle wildlife. The tranquil, distraction-free environment encourages participation in activities that foster interaction and team building. Guests will enjoy the Virginia countryside and its convenience to golf courses, airports and the nation's Capital.

CoolFont for a unique combination of Health Spa, Wellness and Retreat Center located near the Nation's Capitol, try Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Relax and recharge in one of the Mid Atlantic's most popular spas. Revitalize with a full range of year-round resort activities and redesign the future in a full-service Conference Center.

The Warren Conference Center & Inn features a classic New England setting for meetings, training, outings, and special events. A full service conference center located on over 200 acres of lakefront woodland. The Metrowest Business Journal ranks this property as "a world-class facility."

Retreat Centers            [ Back to Top ]

The Option Institute is a worldwide learning and training center for the Option Process©. For nearly two decades, we have been teaching people to live happier, more self-empowered and more successful lives.

The Depree Center's Executive Leadership Retreats create time and space for reflection and meditation, for personal and spiritual renewal. The De Pree Center in partnership with BootJack Ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, offers several retreats each year for a limited number of CEOs and their spouses.

Robert Greenleaf, Servant-Leadership Retreats present a time for renewal, learning, and growth. They offer participants a safe place to take a risk and encounter new ways of being and doing and learn more about leadership and service related to professional growth and organizational effectiveness.

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of GA offers retreats planned by Fanning Institute faculty. The retreats focus on building individual and collective leadership capacity. They provide a time for reflection, learning and growth. Each retreat is customized to meet specific objectives of the client.


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