Since 2013, the Next Generation Leaders program has trained 70 leaders from around the world in values, ethics and character-driven leadership. The result is a global network of emerging leaders who shape the world we will inhabit in the future. Navigate the following map to learn more about them and their work.
Leadership is best defined by character: the commitment to serving a cause greater than oneself; the commitment to serving those who need it most; the commitment to serving others, even when it is difficult.
The McCain Institute’s flagship Next Generation Leaders program is designed to identify, train, network and empower a diverse group of emerging, character-driven leaders from the United States and around the world.
The NGL program offers up to 20 emerging global leaders nine months of targeted professional and personal development—with a core focus on values, ethics and leadership—in order to create a capable and lasting global network of character-driven leaders who shape the world we will inhabit in the future. As the Institute links successive classes of leaders together, it creates a global network of advocates for common core values of security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity.
Next Generation Leaders are individuals with varying professional backgrounds, who even in their early- to mid-careers have demonstrated extraordinary character, commitment to core human values and capacity for future leadership. International participants come to the United States for one year, while American professionals spend the same time gaining new experiences in the United States in an environment different from their home.
The program offers a unique blend of professional development, exposure to top-level policymakers and formal training in leadership. At four junctures throughout the year, the program provides hands-on training focused on values, ethics and leadership, media and communications skills, and best practice examples of American business, political and civic life.
Following the initial training and coaching module in Washington, NGLs depart for their placement sites across the United States to professionally develop in areas relevant to their future goals while providing a broadening experience. For example, an international journalist may receive placement in a major American newspaper city desk, a national government executive in a mayor’s office or a political activist in a community-based organization. All placement sites are chosen by the McCain Institute.
A key aspect of the program is each NGL’s preparation of an individual Leadership Action Plan. Aimed at defining the tangible steps and actions the NGLs will take to bring about positive change in their home societies, the Action Plan becomes the central project of the NGL’s development year. NGLs take their Leadership Action Plans home for implementation upon completion of the program and stay connected to each other and the McCain Institute via the NGL Global Network, a communications platform for LAP follow-up and discussion.
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