Leadership Eastside (LE) Leadership
Enrichment Program is a leading-edge
two-year program. Using LE’s highly
respected Adaptive Leadership
curriculum, participants develop and
exercise skills that are attuned to the
needs of business, non-profit, and
government leaders who are engaged in
the real-world challenges they must face
to improve their organizations and their
in the program requires candidates to
have been exposed to the core issues and
challenges of leading and managing,
staff and/or volunteers. The program is
designed for leaders looking to develop
more advanced skills.
Year 1 - Learn it.
Year one requires the largest
investment of regularly scheduled time
with ten full business days over a
nine-month period devoted to Leader
Days. During this year, participants
learn the principles and practices of
Adaptive Leadership. These class days
that also enable participants to connect
with their community and one another.
Year 2 -
In year two, in addition to the eight (8) half-day Learning Laboratories, participants devote time and passion to delivering a sustainable project of regional significance. The focus of the program shifts toward supporting participants’ team-based community service and learning about the self as leader. The community intervention (or team project), which is self-selected by the class member, will serve as the learning laboratory for the application of the leadership concepts and skills gained throughout the program. The interrelationship between self as system, team as system and community as system is explored. Learnings are integrated into a Personal Community Leadership Action Plan and brought back to benefit your organization and community.
Candidates for the
Leadership Enrichment Program
Candidates for the LE
Leadership Enrichment Program must be nominated by someone in the community.
Anyone can nominate a person who lives, works, and/or volunteers on the Eastside, however
ideal candidates have experience in leadership and/or management through
their work or community service and have a passion for their community. Most
nominations come as recognition of a candidate’s continued and growing
influence on the Eastside. To nominate someone, go to the
Candidates who have been nominated should start the process of determining
whether they will be a good fit for the coming year's program by completing
form. Click here and enter the password "Leadership".
The candidate application
process includes being connected with a Candidate Advocate who can answer
individual questions and assist the candidate through the process; an
interview with an LE board member, alumni, or other key member of the LE
Network; and invitations to events to learn more about Leadership Eastside.
Each Leadership Enrichment Program cohort is carefully crafted to provide
balance and diversity of perspectives, sectors and experience within a
limited class size. As a result, some qualified candidates may wait a year
or two for acceptance into the program.
The LE Curriculum
The Leadership Enrichment
Program Curriculum is built on the principles and practices of Adaptive
Leadership and is facilitated by nationally renown faculty members. The
program is uniquely suited to the current high-pressure, high risk
environment, and develops skills including:
The ability to
distinguish technical problems from adaptive challenges
that “who you have in the room matters” and how to involve the
people who are affected by an issue in developing the solution
Ways to make
leadership respectful, inclusive, collaborative, and how to build
the right “containers” to hold courageous conversations.
What it takes to
transform leadership from a burden to an enjoyable privilege.
Among the aspects that make
the curriculum exceptional is the way it weaves together a strong focus on
Adaptive Leadership skill development with an equally strong focus on
understanding and addressing issues through a Healthy Communities framework.
This framework organizes issues into seven interdependent elements, all of
which are explored throughout the program:
Who Should Apply
People with a passion for
service to their community who are:
Executives ready to
increase their public profile and connections.
and VP's who are rising in their organization's ranks.
positions like Business Development, PR, or Public/Community
Members of boards,
commissions, and community committees.
Active and successful
community leaders who are "connectors" in their communities.
If such a person works for
you or your organization, consider
them for participation in the program.
Nominations are the first step towards seriously considering the value
of the program, both individually and for the organization.
HOW BIG WILL THE
CLASSES BE? WHO WILL BE IN THEM?
Class size is between 40 and 50 select leaders from Eastside
communities and beyond. Participants represent the private, public, and
non-profit sectors and include large and small businesses, non-profit
executives, elected officials, and community volunteers. Attaining the
best balance of these ensures the most receptive environment for
individual leadership growth and skill building, while creating a
powerful and influential network.
LE has a commitment to age, gender and ethnic diversity, reflective of
the Eastside communities. The common thread among all class participants
will be a high level of leadership competency, and a commitment to
serving their Eastside community.
WHICH CITIES AND
COMMUNITIES DOES LEADERSHIP EASTSIDE SERVE?
Leadership Eastside serves the communities of East King County,
including 23 major communities as well as the unincorporated areas.
WHO SUPPORTS LE AND
A wide range of Eastside businesses and organizations from
the private and public sectors have and continue to send their
executives and managers through the program. Our sponsors include some
of the most influential and largest employers in the area, including:
- Puget Sound Energy
- Symetra Financial
- AAA Washington
- Evergreen Hospital Medical Center
- GLY Construction
- Group Health Cooperative
- Barclay Dean
- Lane Powell
- United Way
- Eastside cities and municipalities
WHAT DOES LE OFFER IN
ADDITION TO THE LEADERSHIP ENRICHMENT PROGAM?
Leadership Eastside has two other programs that connect and inform.
State of the Eastside sessions are convened 4-7 times a year and feature
speakers and discussions on issues that most affect our business and
communities. State of the Eastside is the best way to stay connected and
informed on the region’s most important topics.
The Leadership Eastside Network is how participants and alumni stay
connected with each other beyond the Leadership Enrichment Program. LE
prides itself on establishing and nurturing one of the most unified and
connected business and community networks in the area.
WHEN DO CLASSES START
AND HOW CAN I APPLY?
The Leadership Enrichment Program begins with a Kickoff Retreat in September. The first-year’s monthly Leader Days and the second year’s monthly Learning Labs begin in October and continue through May.. The Year-End Celebration and Graduation is held in late May.
Applications are available online
by typing "Leadership"
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM
The two year program tuition is $4,000 ($3,750,if the application
is received prior to 11:59 pm March 20). Of this amount, a personal
contribution of 10% is required. Leadership Eastside does offer a
limited amount of
HOW ELSE CAN I GET
Leadership Eastside welcomes all who support our mission and vision.
Contact us at
Volunteer Facilitators, Coaches and Speakers
Leadership Enrichment Curriculum Manager
Organizational Development Consultant
Leadership Eastside's curriculum comes to life through the a network of skilled volunteer facilitators, coaches and community leaders, who donate their time and expertise to the LE's Eastside Community Leaders.
Class of 2015
January 1, 2012
March 1 - April
Regular application period
Friday Afternoons in June
Interviews will be held from 3 to 5pm.
by the end of the month
LE's two-year tuition is $4,000. Early
applicants pay just $3,750 by applying by March 20.
Often organizations will subsidize a participant. However, a personal
contribution of 10% is required. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted.
Tuition can be paid online or by mail.
Tuition, including personal contribution, must be paid in full by August 31,
2013 and is non-refundable after September 13, 2013.
March 20, 2012 Early
April 30, 2012
Regular Application Deadline
August 31, 2013
Full Tuition Due
September 14, 2012
Leadership Eastside is a non-profit, community focused program.
Applicants are encouraged to seek financial support from employers, clubs,
organizations or individuals, or a combination of these groups. A limited
tuition assistance is available.
Applicants are selected based
on their own merit as demonstrated through the written application and
The Selection Committee will
review each application and conduct interviews with selected applicants.
Because of the commitment to limiting representation from any given sector
and balancing the cohort to achieve maximum learning impact, some well
qualified candidates may have to wait a year and apply again. Leadership
Eastside encourages them to do so.