The NSLS's leadership development program is designed to help you develop your personal and professional leadership skills. As you move toward Induction, you'll learn leadership fundamentals such as goal setting, accountability, decision-making, and how to discover your passion.


The NSLS has partnered with Clarify Your Purpose

  * Create a Shared Vision

  * Challenge the Status Quo

  * Inspire Positive Action

  * Empower Others

  * Seek Constant Improvement


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How Do You Begin To Define Vision


How can you see the possibilities of the future today?


Author, leadership coach and speaker Jeannine K. Brown answers a key question almost all leaders face: How do you begin to define vision?

For all of us, there are many goals and dreams we want to achieve. Defining your vision may require looking at all of these components and how they work together, in order to achieve the one goal you want most for your life.

Discover how to begin to define your vision. Listen as Jeannine outlines the keys to outlining your future.



Helping Others Catch the Vision


What’s the founding story of your organization?


Jay Wolf is the founder of Hope Heals, an organization he created after his wife nearly died when she was just 26 years old. While Jay felt compelled to create something bigger than himself to help others, he realized early on the need to make his story universal for the organization’s audience, as well as for the people he leads. Jay discusses how to connect the dots to your organization’s story in order to build relationships and followers among your employees, audience, clients, and customers. He also shares his thoughts regarding defining your vision so those within and outside of your organization can carry it forward.



Social Entrepreneurs: Disrupting the Status Quo


How will you impact the world?


Stan Tucker is part of a growing movement of “social entrepreneurs”—people who are passionate about transforming or disrupting an industry’s status quo, often by founding non-profit organizations. A former teacher in a lower-income public school (and still “a teacher at heart”), Stan noticed that one of the main areas that kids struggled with was reading. Studies show that difficulty reading can affect a child’s self-esteem, social life, and other class subjects. “I wondered how I could make a difference on a broader scale,” Stan says. What he did was quit his job at the school to start a program called Leap for Literacy, whose mission is to donate 100,000 books to children in lower-income Atlanta areas—most of whom have never owned their own book.

Stan exhibits the Leadercast value of “Beyond You” leadership. Do you have a dream to make a difference in the world? Hear more about how Stan is turning his dream into a reality and actions you can take.



Delegating Responsibility vs. Tasks


Are you empowering employees to grow?


Brittany Thoms, founding partner of the PR firm, See.Spark.Go., works internally with account teams and externally providing communication services to clients. As a leader in the organization, Brittany explains that by giving responsibility rather than tasks to check off a list allows employees to step up and stand out in an organization.

When leaders offer employees responsibility, it empowers them to take ownership of organizational goals and be accountable to their co-workers. Brittany adds that when leaders turn over the reins, they are supporting the professional development of future leaders, increasing individual confidence and improving the effectiveness of their organizational culture.

Watch this video to understand how delegating responsibility to your employees builds trust in the organization.



Culture Typically Trumps Strategy


Which is more important to an organization—culture or strategy?


Culture focuses on creating an environment where people feel safe enough to take bold risks and comfortable enough to grow in capabilities. Cheryl Bachelder, former CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, explains why creating a positive culture and building relationships "trumps" strategy and ultimately drives success.



Positive Risk Taking: Say Yes Before You’re Ready


In your decision making, do you pause before accepting a new opportunity?


FOCUS Brands President, Kat Cole, shares decision-making insights to help leaders leverage what they have with what they need to succeed. Kat reveals the benefits in positive risk-taking by saying, "Yes!" before you're ready. Saying yes opens up the opportunity for you to stretch your "hustle muscle." Not only can you learn as you go, but most importantly, Kat says you can fill the gap between what you have and what you need to succeed.

Kat calls this "doing the work." Discover how to say "Yes!" and take the risks that can drive you and your team to the next level!