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Blue Star Families Leadership Academy

Blue Star Families was founded in 2009 by military spouses with the goal of strengthening and empowering military families by providing support and fostering community. Blue Star Families currently has more than 150,000 members in their network and touches more than 1.5 million military family members each year. Additionally, Blue Star Families pioneering research initiatives aim to raise the nation’s awareness about the unique challenges of military family life.

The Blue Star Families Leadership Academy will provide leadership development support for leaders, including Blue Star Families Chapter Directors. Academy participants will develop skills to effectively continue to develop as themselves leaders and to support the development of others and the organization.

Detailed program information

The Leadership Academy unfolds over 15 months, including a 3-month onboarding coaching period, 6 months comprised of monthly individual coaching, 3 two-day immersion sessions, peer-to-peer coaching after the first Immersion Session, which is then followed by a two-month program evaluation, project completion, and certification assessment.

This 15-month Leadership Academy is designed to develop leaders who are emerging into or in director roles.

Leadership Academy

Summary of the Program Elements:

  • Three 2-day Leadership Development Intensives (LDIs)
  • Five 1-hour Webinars
  • Eight one-on-one coaching sessions
  • 6 peer Coaching Sessions
  • Periodic Assessments, including Developmental Readiness, Full Range Leadership, Organizational Readiness Stakeholder, Team Dynamics, & Strategic Thinking

Strategic Leadership Development: Parts 1, 2 & 3

  1. Building on Organizational Workforce that is Generative & Ready for Change Workshop
  2. Applying Strategic Thinking & Leadership to Foster Transformation Workshop
  3. Stewarding Your Organization into the Future

    • Develop a deeper level of strategic leader self-awareness on how to build the goodwill among your followers, peers, leaders, and key stakeholders, in order to make difficult decisions, to promote and sustain innovation, and to change organizational climates and cultures.
    • Articulate ways to build trust and psychological safety, which makes people comfortable voicing their views when dealing with challenging and difficult situation/changes.
    • Articulate common behaviors of inspirational leaders and how to apply those behaviors and styles to one’s own transformational leadership development.
    • Identify a global objective/goal for advancing your future leadership development, as well as the development of others and the culture they operate within.
    • Discover how leaders become stewards for organizational transformation leaving them better then they found the organization when they assumed leadership roles
    • This level of the Academy includes organizational change and transformation. Develop a deeper level of strategic leader self-awareness on how to build the goodwill among your followers, peers, leaders and key stakeholders, in order to make difficult decisions, to promote and sustain innovation and to change organizational climates and cultures.
    • Articulate ways to build trust and psychological safety, which makes people comfortable voicing their views when dealing with challenging and difficult situations/changes.
    • Identify a global objective/goal for advancing your future leadership development, as well as the development of others and the culture they operate within.
    • Discover how leaders become stewards for organizational transformation leaving them better then found the organization when they assumed leadership roles.