We are

Leadership Lynchburg offers programming for college students, emerging and mid-career

managers, leaders, executives, and alumni.


Our Core Values

Leadership Lynchburg upholds the values of personal growth, influence, and impact. We seek to instill and grow these qualities in others to benefit businesses, the community, and the Lynchburg Region.


  • Personal Growth

    Have a teachable heart.
    Be open to learning new ways of leading.
    Willing to be stretched.
    Embracing being held accountable.

  • Influence

    Be available and present.
    Inspire by our words and actions.
    Challenge with compassion.
    Support and nurture growth in others.

  • Impact

    Use our strengths and gifts to make positive change.
    Make time to contribute to the betterment of the community.

Our Approach.


Leadership Lynchburg believes in, and exposes its participants to, the Collaborative Leadership approach. There have been a number of research projects and studies of the key lessons for Collaborative leaders but they all come down to some similar themes.

Madeleine Carter, writing for the Center for Effective Public Policy as part of a research project funded by the United States Department of Justice and State Justice Institute, defines five qualities of a collaborative leader:


  • Willingness to Take Risks
  • Be an Eager Listener
  • Passion
  • Optimism
  • And the ability to share, knowledge, power, and credit.

If these are skills you’d like to develop or perfect . . .then Leadership Lynchburg is the program for you!

Characteristics of a Collaborative Leader

Nick Lovegrove and Matthew Thomas, co-founders of The InterSector Project, writing for the Harvard Business Review, interviewed over 100 leaders who have demonstrated their ability to engage and collaborate across the business, government, and social sectors and found six distinguishing characteristics:

  • Balanced Motivations

    A desire to create public value no matter where they work, combining their motivations to wield influence (often in government), have social impact (often in nonprofits) and generate wealth (often in business).

  • Transferable Skills

    A set of distinctive skills valued across sectors, such as quantitative analytics, strategic planning and stakeholder management.

  • Contextual Intelligence

    A deep empathy of the differences within and between sectors, especially those of language, culture and key performance indicators.

  • Integrated Networks

    A set of relationships across sectors to draw on when advancing their careers, building top teams, or convening decision-makers on a particular issue.

  • Preparedness

    A willingness to pursue an unconventional career that zigzags across sectors, and the financial readiness to take potential pay cuts from time to time.

  • Intellectual Thread

    Holistic subject matter expertise on a particular intersector issue by understanding it from the perspective of each sector.