Program Overview

What is the LEAD program?

LEAD stands for Leading, Educating, and Developing. It's a one-week leadership training program for which an application is required.

Who is the LEAD program for?

The LEAD program is designed for local government managers and anyone from local government who wants to enhance their organizations or communities through improved leadership.

Where does the LEAD program take place?

The classes take place in Charlottesville, Virginia at various locations. Program tuition covers the costs of accommodations checking in the Saturday night of the program and checking out the Friday of the program. Check your specific LEAD class date for information about lodging accommodations.

When are the next LEAD classes being held?

You will find dates for future classes on our upcoming classes page.

Explore Upcoming Class Dates

What are the class sizes?

Class sizes are typically between 20 and 40.

Can I bring my friend or spouse?

Social events are an integral component of the learning experience. This makes it difficult for participants to share time with accompanying personal guests/spouses.

The Corner in Charlottesville

Darden School of Business

What accommodations are provided?

We provide single-occupancy sleeping rooms, with all the usual amenities. Participants dine together in an executive dining room.

Are meals provided?

Yes, most meals are provided. Meals are provided from Saturday dinner through Friday lunch, with the exception of dinners on Monday and Thursday, which are on your own.  

What is the program curriculum?

Listed below are the general topics and themes that the program covers. For a detailed example curriculum download the pdf schedule below.

General Topics

  • Signature Leadership
  • Essence of Public Service
  • Myers Briggs Leadership Styles
  • Engagement in the Workforce
  • Organizational Assessment
  • The Learning Cycle/The Learning Organization
  • Leadership at all Levels and the Network Talent Model
  • Microbusinesses in Local Government
  • High Performance Organizations
  • Team Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Role of Power
Download the Sample LEAD schedule to see what a day in the LEAD program is like.

Download Sample LEAD Schedule

How much does the program cost? 

Tuition for the one-week program was $4,650 through 2022. This price includes lodging and most meals, and instructional materials. A 10% discount is available for members of the Virginia Institute of Government. A small annual increase in pricing is likely.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible with your first and second date choices. Programs fill up quickly and it is possible you will be placed on a waiting list. Our preference is to receive applications more than 90 days prior to the start of a program. You can check the upcoming program dates here when those dates are available.

When are payments due?

Payment in full is due one month before the start of the program.


I can no longer go. Can I get a refund?

A cancellation received prior to two weeks before the start of the program is assessed a 50% fee.  No refunds are offered after the start of the program. 

Can I send someone in my place so I don't suffer the cancellation penalty? 

Acceptable substitution may be made up to 2 weeks before the start of the program. Please contact us if you would like to recommend a substitute for our approval.


How do I apply?

You can apply by filling out our online application.

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