Participants in the Community Leadership Program learn that ANYONE can be a leader who make a difference. And they do!


Since 1977, Leadership Everyone has trained nearly 4,000 individuals representing hundreds of companies, organizations, and demographics in our community. In accordance with our Mission, we strive for diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, occupation, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies, in all of our programming, including each cohort of the Community Leadership Program.

Leadership Everyone’s partnership with the Indiana Leadership Initiative connects us with today’s top leadership experts. LE programming is researched, tested, evaluated, and refined. It continues to be emulated by leadership programs around the country because it is at the forefront, consistent with best practices, and—as our graduates report—it makes a difference.

While LE’s mission to develop effective community leaders remains paramount, leadership opportunities and responsibilities aren’t confined to one dimension of life. Our curriculum focuses on skills participants can use anywhere to help people and teams get better results—whether at work with colleagues and clients, for a board or community organization, within one’s family or circle of friends, or with neighborhood, community, or school projects.

Leadership Everyone’s Community Leadership Program is a three-day intensive program (with a half-day follow-up session) in which a diverse group of community members come together to discover their individual strengths, learn new skills, gain diverse perspectives, and create a vision for our community’s future. Knowledge and experience gained during the program are then applied in the attendees’ personal and professional lives. Graduates of the program are actively and continuously engaged with a network of other alumni and community members and organizations, using their strengths and passions to create community change. Alumni are provided opportunities through LE to engage in community activities, such as through nonprofit Engagement Fairs where individuals are matched with organizations they can serve.

Community Leadership Program Information 

Our Community Leadership Program is a 3-consecutive-day and 2-night retreat experience at the beautiful Barn Abbey in New Harmony, Indiana. The LE calendar offers you options with multiple sessions a year. Choose the session most convenient for you.

The cost of the program is $1,895.00, which includes a non-refundable, non-transferable $300 registration fee. To discuss partial scholarship or payment plan options, please contact us at 812-425-3828.

What do our Alumni have to say?

I can’t say how invaluable, enriching and just plain fun the LE retreat and relationships have been for our team and to me, personally. It’s a chance to meet community pillars, to get away in nature, and to learn about yourself, your leadership style, and how to connect with others. You leave with lifelong friends, lessons, and new perspectives.

Hannah Jaramillo

Engineering Project Manager, Morton Solar, and LE Alum ‘17

As someone who has been on the front lines implementing agile practices within organizations, LE’s commitment to developing servant leaders really resonates with me, and it reflects the importance of serving others and making a positive impact in the community. The shared values between LE and all the people and organizations involved creates a fulfilling and purposeful experience.

Deonte Meriwether

Director of Operations, Wesselman Woods, and LE Alum ‘22

The LE retreat brings together people from so many different groups. When training is solely focused on being more effective in your company, it doesn’t have the greater purpose of making our community a better place to live. LE is here to make the Tri-State a better place to live, for everyone. As a direct result of the LE retreat, I became more intensely committed to LE’s mission and more intimately involved in community efforts. Overall, it was much more valuable than any other leadership development efforts I’ve been part of!

Niall McConville

Site Director, SABIC Mt. Vernon, and LE Alum ‘23

I loved the LE Community Leadership Program as it focused on compassionate collaboration, stewardship and commitment to growth to make our community a better place. I was inspired to hear LE alumni share their experiences as true servant leaders who are truly making a difference in the lives of people they serve. 

Roli Asthana

IT Business Analyst-Supply Chain, AstraZeneca, and LE Alum '19

Accuride Corporation

AGITO Consulting


Albion Fellows Bacon Center


Alexander Chapel AME Church

American Medical Response

ARC Construction

ARC of Evansville


Ark Crisis Child Care Center

Arthritis Foundation

Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

Ascension St. Vincent



Atlas World Group

Aurora, Inc.

Balluff, Inc.

Bath Fitter

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley

Bolek Grant Writing

Bowen Engineering

Bowers Harrison

Boyd Electric

Brian Ensor Web Developer

Burdette Park

C.H. Garmong & Sons, Inc.

C.H. Robinson

Capital Electric Inc.

Cargill, Inc.

Carothers Consulting, LLC

Carter/Johnson Library and Collection

Carver Community Organization

Catholic Diocese of Evansville


CH Robinson

City of Evansville

City of Evansville – Department of Metropolitan Development

City of Evansville – Department of Parks and Recreation

City of Evansville Water & Sewer Utility

City Social

Clayton Holmes


Clippinger Financial Group

Community Action Program of Evansville

Community Volunteers


Compass Financial

Crossroads Christian Church

CVS Health

David Matthews Associates

Deaconess Health Systems

Department of Metropolitan Development

Diehl Evaluation and Consulting

Donaldson Capital Management

Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District

Dunn Hospitality Group

E.M. Technologies, LLC

ECHO Housing Corporation

El Informador Latino

Element Three

Evansville African American Museum

Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Evansville Courier & Press

Evansville Fire Department

Evansville Housing Authority

Evansville Kia / Evansville Hyundai

Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra

Evansville Police Department

Evansville Power Yoga

Evansville Rescue Mission

Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union

Evansville Trails Coalition

Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Evansville Visitors and Convention Bureau

Evansville Water & Sewer Utility


Fat Head Media

FC Tucker Emge Realtors

Field & Main

Fifth Third Bank

First Federal Savings Bank

First Presbyterian Church

Flanders, Inc.

Forest Hills Baptist Church

Franklin Street Events Association

Fresh Flowers Direct

Herbert Prichett and Associates, Inc.

George Koch Sons, Inc.

Gerling Law Offices

Gilda’s Club

Girl Scouts of Raintree Council, Inc.

Glenwood Leadership Academy

Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville

Habitat for Humanity of Evansville


Heart Matters

Heritage Federal Credit Union


Holly’s House

Home Video Studio

Honeymoon Coffee Company

HOPE of Evansville

HR Solutions, Inc.

Hutson, Inc.

IBEW Local 16

Indiana Economic Development Coalition

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Indiana University School of Medicine – Evansville

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Integra Bank


Ivy Tech Community College

Jackson Kelly PLLC

Jacobsville Join In!

JC Michaelson Consulting

JD Sheth Foundation

Joshua Academy

Junior League of Evansville

Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP

Key Benefit Administrators, Inc.

Kightlinger & Grey, LLP

Kitch & Schreiber

Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville

Lamar Architecture & Design

Lamasco Bar & Grill

LeaderOne Financial

Lensing Building Specialties

Life Choice, Inc.

Lochmueller Group

Mater Dei High School

Mead Johnson Nutritionals

Meal and More, Inc.

Medical Services of America Hospice

Memorial Baptist Church CDC

Mesker Park Zoo

Mighty Cab

Morton Solar & Electric, LLC

Musia Fine Art

Neil Chapman, Attorney at Law

New Horizons Financial Consultants

New York Life Insurance Company

North Park Corporation

Northside Community Church

Northwestern Mutual

Old National Bank

OneLife Church

OneMain Financial

ONI Risk Partners

Oswald Marketing

Outreach Ministries

Ozanam Family Shelter

Peabody Energy


Pollux Systems

Posey County Economic Development Partnership


Project Reveal


RE Michel Company, Inc.


Rebuilding Together

Regency Properties

Reitz Home


Schmitt Law Office

Schultheis Insurance Agency, Inc.

Sebree Consulting, LLC

Seton Harvest

Shoe Carnival

Sixth and Zero


Smith & Butterfield

Social Security Administration

Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

St. Vincent Center for Children and Families

St. Vincent’s Day Care

StageOne Media

State Farm

Stef L’s Amour

Summit Real Estate Services

Susan G. Komen Evansville Tri-State

Sycamore Services

T.A. Dickel Group, LLC

Team Transformation

Telescope Data Services

The Best Day Ever – Evansville

The Bridge Church of Evansville

The Communities of Solarbron

The Literacy Center

The Parenting Time Center

The Women’s Hospital

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana

Tracy Zeller Jewelry

Traylors Brothers, Inc.

Tri-State Alliance

Tri-State Athletic Club

Trinity United Methodist Church

Tropicana Evansville

TSCCA Chinese School

Turn Table, LLC

United Caring Services

United Companies

United Way of Southwestern Indiana

University of Evansville

University of Southern Indiana

Urban Seeds

Vanderburgh Community Foundation

Vanderburgh County Democratic Party

Vanderburgh County Engineering Department

Vanderburgh County Health Department

Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office

Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office

Vanderburgh Humane Society

Vectren, A CenterPoint Energy Company

Virginia Tech

Volunteer Lawyer Program

VPS Architecture

Welborn Baptist Foundation

Wells Fargo Advisors


Western Governors University

WestPoint Financial Group

Whayne Supply

Whole Sun Designs, Inc.


Wooden McLaughlin

WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone

YMCA of Southwestern Indiana

Youth First, Inc.

Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana

Yum! Brands


Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP

Skills for 21st Century Leaders

A process of change for people, their teams, their organizations, and their communities, from Leadership Evansville and the Indiana Leadership Initiative.

While LE’s mission to develop effective community leaders remains paramount, leadership opportunities and responsibilities aren’t confined to one dimension of your life. Our curriculum focuses on skills you can use anywhere to help people and teams get better results—whether at work with colleagues and clients, for a board or community organization, within your family and circle of friends, or with neighborhood, community, or school projects.

Participants learn to practice new skills in real settings, apply their learning, and report results.

I. Essential Attitudes

Servant-Leadership is widely acknowledged as the appropriate leadership model for the 21st century. Sometimes misunderstood, servant-leadership is about identity and motive as well as about action. Servant-leaders care about the people they lead and the processes they use, as well as about getting the work done. They choose to lead collaboratively, which develops and increases the skills and capacities of their followers. This enables individuals to become “healthier, freer, wiser, more autonomous, more likely themselves to be servants.” [Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of the modern Servant-leadership movement.] Servant-leaders model this attitude and teach others to become servant-leaders.

Community Trusteeship expands servant-leadership to an even broader collaborative approach—making a commitment to, and taking responsibility for organization-wide or community-wide improvement, without regard to “What’s in it for me?”

II. Essential Skills

Gifts and Talents focuses on the importance of discovering the unique skills and qualities each person brings to the group, building an inventory of assets so the individual, group, or organization can develop fully and/or benefit from the talents available. The use of learning partners in the discovery process introduces the concept of “co-learning,” feedback, and coaching.

Learning Preferences (Styles) demonstrates that individuals learn in different ways and that their preferences affect group interaction. The group can benefit from recognizing the learning preferences of its members as gifts and use them to strengthen group work. Failure to recognize, accept, and effectively use the differences in learning styles can manifest as personality conflicts or lack of teamwork.

Cycle of Change teaches individuals and groups to view every experience, success, or failure as a vehicle for reflection, learning, and improvement. In effective groups, this learning is a collaborative process. This Cycle interacts with Learning Styles and results in better quality individual and group performance. Stages of a Learning Community focuses on how groups learn to work together collaboratively—their relationships and behaviors as well as their tasks. Strategies are identified to help the group progress effectively through each stage as it strives to reach high performance, and avoid being stuck in less productive modes.

III. Essential Processes

Visioning a Preferred Future begins a person’s, team’s, or organization’s journey of moving “from where we are to where we want to be.” Participants develop and communicate a shared meaning of what the community or organization should be like or look like when it’s working well; they identify the goals they need to pursue and improvements they want to make, as they strive for their ideal.

Collaboration is the process by which organizations and communities will operate in the 21st century when they want and need mutual benefits that are not achievable or satisfactory through separate efforts. Successful collaborators begin by learning new ways of working together—new attitudes, agreements, and facilitation skills, including recognition of and input from all stakeholders.

Dialogue and Consensus Decision-making avoid destructive “solution wars” and create win-win situations. The goal is not to find the one so-called right decision, nor one “we can live with.” Rather, the goal is to gain unity and agreement in a decision that will work and will create a broad group commitment that makes implementation easier. There are various models for reaching consensus—all of them take time and practice!

IV. Supporting Attitudes/Skills/Components

New Leadership examines new understanding about the nature of leadership, why it is changing, and what it will need to be in the 21st century.

A Timeline is often the first step of a personal or institutional visioning process. It provides perspective on where we’ve been and where we want to go, and identifies values and behaviors that worked in the past and should be carried forward in a new climate. Likewise identified are values and behaviors that have had their day and need to be left behind. Through timelines, people share stories and develop common meaning.

Multiple Lenses (Understanding Differences) examines a situation from other perspectives that are important but may be missing from the table, or are present at table, but are not being heard. This process reveals overlooked information and leads to a more complete understanding of a vision, issue, or problem.

Active Listening is essential to dialogue, aids in discovering and understanding the real meaning of what is being communicated, and helps the listener respond appropriately and constructively to the speaker and the situation.

Communication and Conflict Resolution are key to persons understanding one another and working together successfully. These skills demand conscious awareness of our own behaviors and habits as well as the recognition of and appropriate response to the behaviors of others. We must communicate, and we can’t (and wouldn’t want to) eliminate conflicting ideas. Therefore, the best action is not reaction. The best action is the development and practice of interpersonal skills.

Problem/Solution Identification distinguishes problems according to their symptoms, then prescribes the effective, appropriate leadership response for each.

“Six Thinking Hats” for creativity and decision-making is Edward de Bono’s proven method to reach decisions using 6 types of thinking hats that thoroughly examine a problem or proposal, consider all the facts, feelings and angles, to arrive at a conclusion that makes sense. The Six Thinking Hats technique can be used to stimulate creativity in problem-solving and/or to lead a group to a consensus decision.

“Hard Talk” is a dialogue structure that provides a triple-whammy: group members build trust, and learn the communication and collaborative skills, that enable them to work together more effectively as they tackle “real work.”

Facilitation Training equips a leader or group member to use the “Skills for 21st Century Leaders” to help a group or team move from where they are to where they want to be, whether facilitating from within or outside the group.

Open Space [adapted from Harrison Owen, pioneer in organizational consciousness] is a facilitation method that encourages the group to: take responsibility for setting the agenda; discover its own wisdom; do the necessary research and teaching; define and implement goals; evaluate results; and plan future actions. Creating a

Leader-full Community answers the questions “What is a leader-full community, why is it desirable, and how is one created?”


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