LeaderSpring’s leadership development model is tailored to meet the growing demands of today’s nonprofit executives, many of whom find they lack the formal training and support needed to effectively deliver on their organization’s mission. Burn out is all too common as these leaders struggle to balance pressure-filled roles within a resource-strained environment.

 
Our LeaderSpring Alumni. Left to right: James Loyce ('11), Cristy Johnston-Limon ('09), and Linda Johnson ('09)

Our LeaderSpring Alumni. Left to right: James Loyce ('11), Cristy Johnston-Limon ('09), and Linda Johnson ('09)

 

Without strong leadership even the most well-intended organization runs the risk of failing to fulfill its goals.

Our two-year, on-the-job Fellowship Program is competitively awarded to 15 social sector executives and their organizations annually. The majority of participants are women and people of color.

This highly customized program integrates equity-driven leadership development, management skills training and peer learning through:

  • Monthly, full-day Leader Circles, offering time for reflection, peer learning, and dialogue
  • Multi-day retreats
  • Individualized executive coaching and goal setting
  • Personalized study trips to nationally recognized mentor organizations

The LeaderSpring model is distinguished by its focus on executive directors, who gain a rare opportunity to openly discuss their challenges, and its place-based approach that enables Fellows who work within 20 to 30 miles of one another to form lasting connections. The high level of customized support (e.g., through staff consultation, study trips and coaching) ensures that the Fellowship is responsive to individual needs. Lastly, our nearly 250 graduates form a lifelong community of leaders working to achieve collective impact and a more powerful, equity-driven social sector.

 
 

The LeaderSpring Difference

77% of Fellows increased the cultural competency of their staff and 64% provided more culturally relevant services. 
83% increased their agency's operating budget and improve their organization's impact
86% formed new collaborations
100% are more confident in their abilities as leaders, and are demonstrating greater levels of excellence in their performance.
Our East Bay '18 Fellows. Left to Right: Rob Jackson (Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc.) and Artavia Berry (Super Stars Literacy).

Our East Bay '18 Fellows. Left to Right: Rob Jackson (Beats Rhymes and Life, Inc.) and Artavia Berry (Super Stars Literacy).

As a result of their LeaderSpring experience, Fellows demonstrate greater levels of excellence in their leadership and management performance. They become more adept at nurturing and promoting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work.  They also gain a deeper understanding of systems change, the value of cross-issue collaboration, and movement building.

On a personal level, each leader benefits from a supportive network designed to counteract feelings of isolation and burnout, along with tools for promoting self-care and personal renewal.