Explore your future with LEAD21!

LEAD21 is intended to meet the future needs for leadership development of faculty, specialists, program and team leaders, research station and center directors, district and regional directors, department heads and chairs, and others in land grant universities’ colleges of agricultural, environmental, and human sciences and USDA/NIFA.

The primary purpose of LEAD21 is to develop leaders in land grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics, and extension in order to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment, either in their current position or as they aspire to other positions.

Participation in LEAD21 over the last ten years has spanned the country.

Program Goal

  1. Enhance application of skills and knowledge learned in five core, and four secondary leadership competencies.
  2. Develop a peer leadership network in order to enhance personal leadership practice, collaboration, and diversity of perspective.
  3. Develop and implement an individual leadership development process.

Class 16 has been selected

Sign up now to be part of Class 17!

LEAD21 will be accepting applications for Class 17 (2021-2022) from September 28 through November 15, 2020.


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us.

2021-22 Program Dates & Locations


Minneapolis, MN
June 21-26, 2021

Uses self-assessments to increase awareness of leadership strengths, weaknesses, and styles, and teaches various leadership skills and tools.


Denver, CO
October 5-8, 2021

Uses simulations and small group exercises to increase awareness of group and team dynamics, the role of individuals within those groups and teams, and how communication, conflict, change, and collaboration affect teams.


Washington, DC
February 22-26, 2022

Focuses on organizational leadership through collaboration, communication, and managing change.