The Foundations of Community-Based Leadership.

Cohort 08: The 6 Lenses for Healthy, Impactful Leadership in Your Community


Leadership of any kind is hard, and community-based leadership has extra complexity.

Community-based leadership is unique as one must navigate the complex interplay of diverse needs, objectives, practices, and personalities to impact positive change.

In light of these challenges, communities need credible, trustworthy, equity-centered leaders to bring people together to address the most fundamental and far-reaching challenges of our day.

Join our 8th cohort of Leaders Lab, and we will take you through the foundations of what it means to be an effective community-based leader.

The 6 Lenses we will cover in the cohort are:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Proximity 
  • Racial Equity
  • Flourishing Places
  • Partnerships
  • Civic Infrastructure


Cohort 08: May 21 – October 15, 2024

If you are ready to achieve greater impact in your work, then Leaders Lab is for you. Leaders Lab is a unique cohort-based training experience that will equip place-based leaders to effectively lead change in their community. Learn from FCS’ 45 years place-based, locally-rooted leadership practices and learn from other creative leaders like you from around the country.

Leaders Lab is a 6-month experience where you will walk alongside peers and practitioners learning about and practicing the 6 lenses for healthy and impactful community-based leaders. There is a blend of online, group training, personal reflection and study, as well as guided practice.

You will come away better prepared to cause good trouble and lead positive change in your community!

If you want to join, please fill out the application by May 7.

Selections will be made by May 14.

This cohort is limited to 20 participants. 


Fee: $1500 per person.


Who is this for?

This experience is for anyone seeking to develop their leadership abilities so that they can make a positive impact in their community. This is a great fit for anyone from community development practitioners to committed neighbors.

What is the format?

On the first Thursday of each month (May – Oct) there is a 2-hour, online live training. Trainings will be led by various members of the Training & Consulting team at FCS. Between sessions there are learning exercises and practices to implement what is taught.

How much time is required?

Participants should set aside 2 hours per week for reflection exercises, practical application, and ongoing study.




What other support do I get?

Each participant gets 3 hours of one-on-one coaching. Participants also benefit from structured peer learning.

Can more than 1 person from the same organization apply?

Absolutely! We encourage it! But no more than 5.


How much does it cost?

When paid up front, Leaders Lab is $1500/participant. If paid monthly it is $300/mo. This also comes with access to all Lupton Center eCourses at no additional charge.


I have a different question.

Great! We would love to talk and encourage you to contact us.