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Developing Leaders for the 21st Century

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Leadership drives social change and builds communities. Effective leaders are important in every aspect of society.

Updated September 2020

When strong, compassionate servant leaders are at the helm – whether it's school principals working to improve student achievement, first ladies using their platform to solve challenges, or young leaders in a transitioning democracy – their efforts are far more sustainable.

Since its founding in 2009, the Bush Institute has helped develop leaders around the world.

These programs are focused on different audiences and issues but share an integrated set of programmatic components.

A diverse network of peers

Access to exceptional leaders and resources

Personal leadership projects

A core leadership development curriculum

Inspiration through exposure

We have had 779 participants to date in our four leadership development programs — Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS), WE Lead, the Liberty and Leadership Program (LLP), and the Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program (VLP) — and our Team 43 Sports program. We have carefully measured the results across all of our leadership programs and are proud of the results.

The programs received a net promoter score of 92, meaning nearly every individual highly recommended the experience to their closest friends and associates.


reported they experienced an increase in their confidence and/or purpose as a leader.


said the path or focus of their work progressed in an unexpected way after participating, an indication of the degree to which these programs help clarify and elevate participants’ focus and aspirations.


said their involvement played a significant role in the expansion of their leadership opportunities and responsibilities.


indicated their exposure to and appreciation of a wider variety of perspectives increased.

Prior to beginning, only 71% felt likely to achieve their long-term vision for impacting society. After, 95% said they were likely to achieve their long-term vision by using the skills, resources, and inspiration they obtained during our leadership programs.