Forward-thinking associations recognize that the future of their organizations rests on the availability of members to step into volunteer leadership roles. While numerous training programs abound, relatively few are focused on the unique needs and challenges faced by volunteer leaders in the association context.


The Volunteer Leadership Development Program is a powerful program for filling your leadership pipeline with volunteers who are ready, willing, and able to step up. It also helps associations thrive by providing high-impact career development support to attract, retain and engage members.

Program Focus

Given the unique challenges faced by volunteer leaders, the heart of the V-LDP is emotional intelligence. We define emotional intelligence as the ability, capacity, or skill to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups. Participants complete an emotional intelligence self-assessment and use this information to create a professional development plan. Among the webinar topics presented to past clients are the following: 


  • Adaptive leadership styles

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Conflict management

  • High-performance teams

  • Influence

  • Resilience

  • Strategic thinking

  • Virtual meeting management

Click here to watch an example webinar on virtual meeting management.

The Volunteer Leadership Development Program (V-LDP) is a comprehensive, scalable, customizable development program designed to equip early to mid-career professionals with the leadership skills and confidence they need to succeed in volunteer leadership roles. We can easily adapt this program to fit the unique needs of your association members.

Volunteer Leadership Development


The LDP Program has made a lasting impression on my work and life activities. I often find myself referencing the knowledge I gained from the Emotional Intelligence test both internally and externally with colleagues. The LDP Program has given me the confidence to take on other leadership roles and projects in my state organization and at my individual school. Overall, it has changed my outlook on the profession and shown me the immense opportunities that exist for us to truly motivate and impact the next generation of leaders by the effort we pour into their lives.


- LDP Participant

The impact of our LDP in terms of filling our leadership pipeline is amazing … 12 members of our Advisory Councils are LDP graduates. On top of that, of all the nominees up for 2018 election, 9 are LDP grads, and in 2 states, there are 2 LDP grads running against each.

- Governance Manager

Program Components 


Our experience has shown that the best leadership training programs use a variety of learning strategies and tools. For this reason, the V-LDP consists of several elements including:

  • Initial instructor-led workshop

  • MHS EQ-i® emotional intelligence self-assessment

  • Professional development planning

  • Customized webinar training modules and supporting materials

  • Final graduation webinar 

  • Individual leadership project

  • Self-managed learning teams

  • Personal reflection journal


We can adapt or eliminate any of these elements based on the unique needs of your members. Click here to review a sample participant guide for the LDP program. 

Current and Former Clients​
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