The 2010-11 Leadership Academy created the “Bringing the Leadership Academy to You” for use at the Regional and State levels.

The entire contents for this training was provided on CD to all Constituent Society Presidents, Region Directors, ASCLS Leadership Development Committee (LDC) members and Leadership Academy graduates. Please contact your state president to access this information for use or contact us at  You can also access the materials by clicking here

Below is the introductory information for the project and the table of contents for the available teaching materials.



Rationale and Background

Some ASCLS constituent societies have struggled to find competent and willing persons to step into leadership positions in recent years. This is not an unusual situation in volunteer professional organizations and this concern has been a frequent topic of conversation at ASCLS Board of Directors meetings. The typical responses when these concerns were voiced was to throw the responsibility back to the states with suggestions of developing mentoring programs, expanding membership numbers to expand the pool of potential leaders, or to provide more support to current leaders and members so that the prospect of serving the organization would not be too overwhelming.

In 2006, the ASCLS BOD felt that this was not an adequate response to these continuing concerns and that we could not rely on states that were already struggling to find leaders to ‘grow their own leaders’. We decided that we must provide a structured program at the national level focusing on developing leadership skills and the ASCLS Leadership Academy was born. The program is designed to invest in the future of ASCLS by focusing on developing leadership skills in persons to serve at the local and state level. Once our leaders are established at these levels, they will naturally step into leadership positions at the regional and national levels.

The stated goals of the ASCLS Leadership Academy are:

  • To identify members with potential to become leaders in ASCLS and invest time, energy, and resources in their growth and development.
  • To provide these high-potential leaders with skills required to step into leadership positions within ASCLS.
  • To energize and grow ASCLS through strong leadership at all levels of the organization.
  • To increase the future leaders’ knowledge of ASCLS.

The Leadership Academy was designed to provide benefits to both the participants as well as ASCLS. During the year-long program, the participants will develop skills that can be transferred to the work setting and life in general, benefit from opportunities to learn from and dialogue with ASCLS leaders and to be mentored by these ASCLS leaders and acquire the confidence and self-esteem to step into varied leadership roles. In return for their commitment of personal and financial resources, ASCLS will reap benefits as well. Strong leaders will make ASCLS a strong organization and will help to shape the future of the organization and the profession at large. Active and effective leaders increase passion for ASCLS locally, regionally, and nationally and provide a mechanism to develop and grow members who can work on important initiatives for ASCLS. A successful program is also an attractive member benefit and should increase interest and membership in ASCLS.

To participate in the year-long ASCLS Leadership Academy, persons must make a significant personal effort, time, and financial commitment. They must attend activities prior to two consecutive ASCLS Annual Meetings as well as participate in those 4-day meetings, and attend the ASCLS Legislative Symposium and activities prior to that meeting. They must be available for conference calls, set aside time for preparation and follow up activities for those sessions and participate in developing and producing a group project for the benefit of ASCLS. While there is no fee for the Academy itself, participants must accept costs related to registration, travel and lodging for two Annual Meetings and the annual Legislative Symposium.

30 members have graduated from the ASCLS Leadership Academy program so far. We are pleased that 24 different states and 9 of 10 ASCLS Regions are represented by these graduates in 5 classes. A recent survey of Leadership Academy graduates show that the vast majority continue to be active at the state level and are increasingly accepting leadership positions at the regional and national level as well.

While we feel that the ASCLS Leadership Academy program continues to meet the goals it was designed to address, important questions remain:

  • Are there other ways to give potential ASCLS leaders the skills they need to serve the organization at the local, state, regional and national level?
  • Is there a way to ‘package’ LA curriculum/activities so that regions/states/local societies can use the materials to encourage leadership development in even more individuals?
  • Can we make leadership development programs similar in content and scope to those in the ASCLS Leadership Academy available to those who cannot commit to the national program due to employment, financial and/or personal constraints?

These are the questions that the 2010-2011 Class of the ASCLS Leadership Academy addressed in this project. The main goal is to encourage ASCLS regions and constituent societies to provide leadership development programs at the grassroots level by gathering curriculum information, presentations, activities, and other resources and describing possible formats/models for these programs. They hope that their work will make planning and presenting leadership development topics an easy process and will increase the likelihood that it will become a reality.


I. General Information

a. Background and Rationale
b. Why?
c. Who?
d. What?
e. Where/When?
f. How?
g. Bringing the ASCLS LA To You Powerpoint Presentation
h. Speaker/Resource Contacts

II. Advocacy

a. Activities

i. Count the Fs
ii. Legislative Role-play
iii. Making a Majority
iv. The Never-Ending Story

b. Objectives

c. Presentations

i. Advocacy Leadership Team Assessment
ii. Advocacy Powerpoint
iii. Building a Coalition
iv. Creating Tailored Messages
v. Getting Your Organization Ready for Advocacy
vi. Lobbyingvii. Using the Media to Advance Your Issue

d. Resources

i. Books on Advocacy
ii. Website Resources

III. Communication

a. Activities

i. Communication Activities-Building Dynamic Groups
ii. Communication Games and Activities
iii. Effective Communication Activities
iv. Free Communication Team Building Tasks, Games, Activities
v. Leadershipvi. Team Building Activities, Initiative Games and Problem Solving Exercises

b. Presentations

i. Basic Skills for Effective Communication
ii. Communication Powerpoint
iii. Networking Powerpoint
iv. Organizational Behavior-Communication
v. Organizational Behavior Powerpoint
vi. The Building Blocks to Communication
vii. Understanding Organizational Behavior- Communication

c. Resources

i. Book List
ii. Videos

IV. Conflict Management

a. Activities

a. Exercises

i. 4 Words
ii. Conflict Management Scenarios-Educators
iii. Does He Take Sugar?
iv. How Your Integrity Can Help You Face Conflict
v. Personal Goals
vi. Self-Examination Exercise
vii. Seven Ways to Handle Conflict

b. Quizzes

i. Conflict Management Styles Quiz
ii. How Frightened of Conflict Are You?
iii. The Coward Test
iv. The Ten Reasons People Avoid Conflict and You
v. What is Your Style?
vi. What’s Your Conflict Management Style?

b. Presentations

a. Conflict Management for Spineless Jellyfish
b. Conflict Management
c. Managing Conflict

c. Resources

a. ASCLS Resource Contacts for Conflict Management
b. Conflict Management Resources

V. Leadership Project

a. Activities

a. Center Stage
b. Culture and Climate Activity
c. Find Your Leadership Style
d. Leadership Activities- Intro
e. Leadership Activities
f. Stand By Your Quote

b. Presentations

a. ASME Leadership Workshop
b. Building and Mentoring New Leaders
c. Colin Powell on Leadership
d. Leadership Presentation
e. Leadership Presentation-Intro
f. Leadership in the 21st Century
g. Leadership

c. Resources

a. Additional Website Resources
b. Leadership Book Resources

VI. Strategic Planning

a. Activities

a. SWOT Analysis Template

b. Presentations

a. Strategic Planning- LA 2011

c. Resources

a. Books on Strategic Planning
b. Web Resource for Strategic Planning

VII. Team Building

a. Activities

b. Presentations

c. References

a. Team Building Books
b. Team Building Websites

VIII. Time Management

a. Activities

b. Presentations

a. Time Management PPT 1
b. Time Management PPT 2
c. Time Management PPT 3
d. Time Management PPT 4
e. Time Management PPT 5
f. Time Management PPT Overview

c. Resources

a. Time Management Articles
b. Time Management Books
c. Time Management Websites