The Missouri Leadership Academy is a new program in the State of Missouri to help develop the next generation of state leaders.

The Missouri Leadership Academy’s approach is practical and based upon proven principles for professional learning. The program combines individualized leadership assessments, workshop experiences to introduce new skills, and the application of new skills and tools as part of the participants’ work every day. Each class will also have the opportunity to learn from leaders in all three branches of government – including the Governor and other statewide office holders, the leadership of the 16 Cabinet departments, members of the General Assembly, and leaders in the Judiciary. Lastly, the Academy will include a capstone project where participants will work together to find creative solutions to make our government more effective. In doing so, the members of the Leadership Academy class will not only build new skills as leaders but also deepen their understanding of how the State of Missouri government works and how to make it better.

The Missouri Leadership Academy curriculum has three core pillars:

  • Lead Self:
    • To increase self-awareness of leadership strengths and ways to get better through personalized assessments and “360 feedback”
    • To develop a personal leadership style, set ambitious goals, and build other “soft” skills to achieve personal impact
  • Lead Others:
    • To strengthen core leadership, team communication, and collaboration skills to create a culture of excellence and recognition
    • To learn the fundamentals of continuous improvement and project management to make government more effective and efficient for our citizens
  • Lead Change:
    • To learn how to lead large-scale change to deliver lasting improvements
    • To build skills to communicate to generate momentum and sustain change

The Missouri Leadership Academy partners with the University of Missouri’s Novak Leadership Institute to implement key elements of the leadership training.