It seems like the most critical issues facing our communities today are too often approached with people who have polarizing views and are unwilling to work together to develop a solution. To eliminate this gridlock, we need leaders in every sector of our society who can appreciate different points of view and work with one another to improve our communities and our future. It is for this very reason that the U.S. presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush are announcing today, a first-of-its-kind leadership development program for those in the private, nonprofit, public, and military sectors.
We believe that by connecting inspiring and motivated leaders with the resources of the four presidential centers, we will generate incredible opportunities for positive change in our communities. The Presidential Leadership Scholars Program will help broaden the scholars’ commitment to civic leadership by equipping these experienced professionals with the tools, skills, and resources to develop and implement innovative solutions to local and national challenges.
As the four presidential centers worked together to map out the interactive curriculum, we knew that the scholars would gain the most by engaging with individuals who had real world experiences and learned lessons to share. Together, all four centers helped craft the curriculum that will enable our scholars to examine the importance of vision and communication; decision making; influence and persuasion; and coalition building and, more importantly, learn how those skills can be applied in the real-world – in their place of employment and in their efforts to improve their communities. The program will range from incorporating pre-eminent scholarship and best practices, to case studies from the associated presidents’ administrations, to other renown academic institutions, leadership examples from the private, public, non-profit and military sectors. And, of course, the scholars will engage with guest speakers across a number of presidential administrations, including Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and members of their presidential staffs.
We hope this program will be the beginning of an initiative that provides leaders with a skill set that empowers them to improve opportunity for our communities, our country – and the world.
To learn more about the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, and how you or someone in your community can participate, visit presidentialleadershipscholars.org. Applications are being accepted through October 27, 2014.