Special Olympics Leadership Academy

The Academy improves impact and performance of our leaders around the world through support, training and mentoring.
Four adults in Special Olympics branded button downs listening to another man speak while he points at an easel.

The Special Olympics Leadership Academy provides perspectives and tools that help Special Olympics leaders enhance their personal and organizational performance. The mission of the Leadership Academy is to provide useful, practical techniques and tools that can help leaders be more inclusive, authentic, strategic, and effective in making the big changes and accelerating the Movement towards our global vision.

Special Olympics Leadership Academy

The Academy offers participants a great opportunity to think about their role. It provides leaders in the Special Olympics Movement with tools for performance improvement. It gives a unique chance to step back from day-to-day work, collaborate with other Special Olympics leaders, and identify how to further enhance positive impact on the lives of athletes, their families and wider community. See a short introduction video to the Leadership Academy (below), including comments from Special Olympics leaders who've learned from the experience. You can also download a brief description of the Academy.

Special Olympics Leadership Academy Introduction Video

The emphasis of Leadership Academy is on providing useful, practical techniques and tools that can help leaders be more inclusive, authentic, strategic and effective in making the big changes and accelerating the Movement towards our global vision.

The Academy is made possible by funding from the Lions Clubs International and Christmas Records Trust. We receive pro bono help with design of training materials from leading experts in the field of leadership development, such as the Ken Blanchard Companies. SHL provides pro bono advisory and leadership development services based on best practices from the world’s biggest companies. We are also partnering with Skillsoft, which provides free access to an e-learning leadership development platform for our leaders. Through Skillsoft, our leaders gain access to ongoing interactive leadership training modules. The International Coach Federation Foundation supports executive leadership coaching.