Advanced Leadership Institute Frequently Asked Questions

Who should consider the Advanced Leadership Institute?
The Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) is intended for individuals who are graduates of the LO Cornerstone program and recognize that we are never “done” in our quest for personal excellence. Membership in the LO Alumni Association (LOAA) or being a member of the current LO class is a pre-requisite.
Will the program be similar to the Cornerstone program?
No. And yes. We will meet throughout the year with good people that care about Leadership and making a difference in the world so in that regard it is similar to Cornerstone—but that’s about it. The ALI is different than any other program that we know of—anywhere. Unlike Cornerstone, this program is limited in number to a small group of about 10-12 individuals. This experience will be customized in numerous ways to support the goals of each participant and the group as a whole. There will be less presentation and more facilitation of group work and discussions. There will be a good balance of personal introspection, group interaction and action planning.
How will the overnight retreat work?
During the retreat, you will be immersed in the topic of leadership. You and your group will quickly form a working unit that will focus on the development of excellence in each individual. Tough topics, meaty discussions and honest dialogue will steer each individual toward an actionable plan for the year.
What the heck is a “Harborview” Session?
Dictionary.com defines a harbor this way: har·bor noun 1. a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents. 2. such a body of water having docks or port facilities. 3. any place of shelter or refuge: The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers. The Advanced Leadership Institute will provide monthly “Harborview” sessions for participants to anchor away from the “winds, waves and currents” of life to reflect, learn, re-energize and grow their leadership
Is this a touch-feely, warm and fuzzy kind of program?
Nope. This program is not for sissies. While there is likely to be a warm, supportive environment in which to learn, the material we cover and the work we will do as a group is not for lightweights. High expectations, accountability and challenging topics will be the norm.
Will there be work to do outside of our sessions together?
Absolutely. Leadership is not a coat you put on and take off. Goals, plans and actions will be guided by the program design--but the details, time and level of effort will be determined by individuals and the group as a whole. Your commitment to develop your leadership strength is an essential ingredient for success.
What about fun? This sounds pretty serious.
It is serious. And also fun. C’mon, this is a Leadership Oakland program, of course there will be fun!