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 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.

Since 2016, 50 organizations and 94 leaders have participated in Leadership Institute!           

Alamance Achieves Benevolence Farm Exchange Club’s Family Center Alamance Meals on Wheels OE Enterprises
Alamance Citizens of Education Burlington Downtown Corporation Family Abuse Services of Alamance County Open Door Clinic Graham Police Department
Alamance Community Foundation Burlington Housing Authority Family Justice Center Salvation Army AuthoraCare
Alamance Community College Burlington Police Department Friendship Adult Day Services Town of Elon United Way of Alamance
Alamance County Government Center for Community Based Resolution Children’s Developmental Services Agency Women’s Resource Center YMCA
Alamance County Public Libraries Clerk of Superior Court Alamance County Health Department HOPE Alamance County Parks
Alamance Eldercare Cone Health Medication Management Clinic Crossroads Young Musician’s of Alamance City Gate Dream Center
Allied Churches Elon University Kearah’s Place Lifespan, INC Impact Alamance
City of Graham CityGate Dream Center OE Enterprises Authoracare Piedmont Health Services
Alamance Chamber Ralph Scott Lifeservices Burlington Fire Department Southern Alamance Family Empowerment Graham Parks & Recreation

Program Benefits

  • Training and coaching is valued at $2,850.
  • 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 program will take place in person at Impact Alamance, located at 133 E Davis Street in Burlington, NC.  

2022- 2023 Session Dates and Times

September 8
Exploring Leadership
September 22
Communicating Like a Leader
October 6
Getting (the right) Things Done
November 3
Managing Performance Through Feedback
December 1
Delegating for Results
January 5
Interviewing and Selecting Talent
February 2
Making Wise Decisions
March 2
Navigating Change
April 6
Growing Your Influence
May 4
Building a Team/
Graduation Celebration


Printable Session Dates and Details


Individual Coaching Sessions

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 2022-2023 cohort we are accepting executive directors and mid-level management who have an executive director or supervisor who has previously graduated from Leadership Institute.
  • Must submit application and endorsement letter by deadline of  August 9, 2022 by 5pm.


The Leadership Institute includes approximately 45 hours of session time. To graduate from the Institute, a participant is expected to attend all sessions in their entirety. Participants who miss a significant amount of the training program may not be allowed to graduate.                                   



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