Program Information

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 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 the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Administration and its executive hotel, the Inn at Darden. Program tuition covers the costs of accommodations. You may find out more about the Inn at Darden on their website. 

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The address is: 

10 Duffy Blvd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

When is the next LEAD class?

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

Explore Upcoming Class Dates

What are the class sizes?

Class Sizes are typically between 38 - 42.

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What accommodations are provided?

We provide single-occupancy sleeping rooms, with all the amenities of a first class hotel room. 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 dinner on Thursday.  

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Course Content

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
  • HPO - Parallel Organization
  • 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

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Applications, Payment, and Fees

How much does the program cost?

The LEAD 2020 fee is $4,650. This includes lodging and most meals, and instructional materials. A 10% discount is available for members of the Virginia Institute of Government.

When is the application deadline?

We accept applications on a rolling basis as most of our classes are full. You may get put on a waiting list. That said the official rule is that applications are due 8 weeks before the start of the program. You can check the upcoming program dates here.

When are payments due?

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

I think I may know an alumna/alumnus of this program, or the SEI program. Where may I find program alumni?

Both the LEAD program and SEI keep a database of alumni. 

Explore the LEAD alumni database

Refunds and Cancellations

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.

Can I bring a guest 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.

How do I apply?

You can apply by filling out our online application.

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