The core of LeaderSpring's two-year, on-the-job Fellowship is a leadership development program for executives of community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our theory of change is if the leadership of a nonprofit is strengthened, the agency’s capacity is strengthened, enabling it to deliver improved and expanded services.
LeaderSpring supports the creation of a comprehensive learning environment
through distinct yet integrated approaches. The program consists of monthly day-long gatherings,
customized professional coaching, individualized study trips, retreats, and peer coaching. Each month, Fellows meet to
engage with a curriculum of specific, relevant, and progressive leadership and management topics.
LeaderSpring awards 14 to 15 Fellowships to nonprofit leaders annually, providing the Fellowship to 28 to 30 nonprofit leaders at any given time. Cohorts are selected alternately from the East Bay and San Francisco.
Based on over a decade of experience, the Fellowship has five key program characteristics:
- Contextual: LeaderSpring embraces an “action learning,” or contextual focus, providing customized opportunities for our Fellows to apply acquired knowledge and skills to real-time compelling challenges specific to their agencies.
- Continuous: No other leadership program offers a two-year comprehensive period of goal-setting, training, mentoring, and networking to help ensure impact on organizational performance.
- Collective: The Fellowship is designed to nurture collective leadership by strengthening the capacity of cross-organizational networks.
- Diverse: The rich diversity of our program participants (including mission, leadership tenure, size of agency, and ethnicity) make it possible to deeply mine the multiple talents, knowledge, and wisdom for the benefit of all participating leaders.
- Adaptive: Our program delivery approach enables us to adjust our program curriculum to reflect the interests of each cohort.
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view LeaderSpring’s fact sheet.
to view a case study of LeaderSpring written by the Whitman Institute.
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view the Theory of Change for LeaderSpring's Fellowship.