The impact of the McCain Institute’s leadership development programs ripples out across the globe. Through programs such as the Next Generation Leaders Program, the Train the Trainer Leadership Initiative, the Leadership Voices event series and ASU’s Washington Policy Design Studio, the Institute leverages its connection to Arizona State University and its extensive network of character-driven leaders across a variety of sectors to share leadership insights and to close the global leadership gap. From seasoned heads of state to young, aspiring leaders still completing their formal education, the McCain Institute develops leaders of character and courage.
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As part of the Next Generation Leaders Program, the Catalyst Grant supports and encourages top achievement in the implementation of an NGL’s Leadership Action Plan. Catalyst Grants are annual monetary awards of up to $10,000. Awarded funds go toward further enhancing character-driven leadership and impact in the NGL’s home environment.
The Train the Trainer initiative provides Next Generation Leaders (NGLs) with a tailored training toolkit that increases the impact of their Leadership Action Plans and promotes character-driven leadership on an even larger scale. NGLs are officially trained in leadership by the McCain Institute and are certified and equipped as McCain Institute trainers. Each year, NGLs are expected to train a minimum of 100 people in character-driven leadership.
To aid NGLs in their leadership training work, the Institute provides them with a Train the Trainer toolkit. This toolkit condenses the knowledge NGLs acquire over the course of their year in the U.S. about values, ethics, and character-driven leadership into various certification levels, ranging from Basic to Advanced and determined by the length of the training. NGLs adapt elements of the Train the Trainer toolkit to fit their particular national environments and cultural settings. The McCain Institute provides branding and promotional materials while the NGLs garner local partnerships and support to deliver the training content.
Through the Train the Trainer Program, NGLs engage inspiring leaders on every continent, save Antarctica. They document their training efforts and share best practices across the NGL Global Network. Through this initiative, the McCain Institute aims to further strengthen our core leadership development mission to close the global character-driven leadership gap.