The Leadership Institute

Effective leadership has far reaching effects and can determine the longevity and health of an organization, making the difference between a good organization and a great organization! Research has demonstrated that investments in leadership development produce tangible benefits including higher achievement of growth goals, lower operating costs, greater stability, and increased mission impact for the organization.

The Leadership Institute offered through United Way of Alamance County and Impact Alamance aims to provide nonprofit and government directors with essential leadership skills to enhance their development and advance the mission of their organizations. The program provides a solid foundation of leadership essentials through classroom training, individual development plans, self-discovery, practical application, and personal coaching.

The Institute will be facilitated by Linda Smith, Splash Performance and Lisa Withers, Proactive Consulting.  Lisa and Linda each have over 20 years of experience in leadership development and have worked with various business, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations.

Program Benefits

  • Training and coaching is valued at $2,800.
  • Led by highly trained consultants with over 20 years of experience in leadership training.
  • Individualized coaching for participants to support their learning and skill development.
  • Development of a learning community that will support the participants’ ongoing development.
  • Interactive and engaging training session.

Program Structure

The challenges of COVID-19 have required that we re-think how to deliver meaningful leadership development while keeping participants as safe as possible. Thus, the 2020-21 program will begin as a fully virtual offering. If we are able to safely gather in person beginning in 2021, we will gladly do so.* However, we are confident participants can get the full Leadership Institute experience in this new format. We recognize the fatigue that can come with online learning. In order to compensate for that and to recognize the other demands on participants, we will structure each workshop as follows:

Day 1:          8:45 am – 10:30 am         Workshop, part 1

Day 2:         8:45 am – 10:30 am          Workshop, part 2

Day 2:         2:00 pm – 3:30 pm           Learning Circles** 

*If we are able to start gathering in person during the series, we will use the second day for an 8:45 am – 3:30 pm workshop, delivering content and also allocating time for learning circles. 

2020- 2021 Session Dates and Times

October 14-15 Exploring Leadership
November 11-12 Getting (the right) Things Done
December 9-10 Communicating Like a Leader
January 13-14 Delegating for Results
February 10-11 Preventing and Managing Conflict
March 10-11 Making Wise Decisions
April 7-8 Navigating Change
May 12-13 Growing Your Influence
June 9-10 Building a Team / Graduation Ceremony

Three individual coaching sessions with a consultant will be held throughout the 9 month program.  Twenty participants will be chosen for the Institute which will create a network of learners who can support one another throughout and after the program.  Best practices will be shared throughout the program by participating organizations to provide ample opportunities to learn from one another.


  •  For 2020-2021 cohort we are accepting executive directors and mid-level management who have an executive director who has previously graduated from Leadership Institute.
  • Must submit application and endorsement letter by deadline.


The Leadership Institute includes approximately 55 hours of session time. To graduate from the Institute, a participant is expected to attend all sessions in their entirety.  The series includes an orientation, 9 half-day trainings (6 hours each, split between two days) and ends with a graduation ceremony. The Institute also consists of 3 individual coaching sessions, as well as some pre and post work for each session.  Participants who miss a significant amount of the training program may not be allowed to graduate.                                   



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