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Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXVI Application

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Leaders are not born; they are developed. Unfortunately, many people do not realize this fact. We take for granted the future of our area by simply assuming that the appropriate leadership talent will emerge to guide us whenever we need it. There is no better program to serve as the training ground for our future leaders than Leadership Greater Little Rock. The keys to Central Arkansas’ future are knowledgeable and skilled leaders who have an awareness and understanding of all facets of our community, including government, business, education, recreation, utilities, infrastructure, housing, health care, social services and more.


Leadership Greater Little Rock is aimed at developing a network of competent leaders for present and future community needs. To meet this goal, LGLR seeks to:

  • Identify and motivate individuals with leadership potential;
  • Acquaint them with community needs, challenges and opportunities;
  • Offer a forum of exchange on methods for dealing with community issues;
  • Challenge potential leaders to become involved with local issues and the decision-making process.


Leadership Greater Little Rock seeks to develop community leaders by training and informing participants on a wide array of local public policy issues and concerns. In-depth training sessions focus on these issues, exploring their background, origin and present-day status. The program covers a full slate of topics, including government, the area’s economy, education, social services and much more. The sessions combine lectures, tours, dialogue and interaction between speakers and participants.


The curriculum may vary slightly from year to year, but a typical year’s sessions are as follows:

  • Class Announcement/Reception           
  • Economic Development
  • Orientation/Retreat
  • Government & Politics
  • ExCEL Leadership Challenge Course
  • Military
  • History
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Community/Neighborhoods
  • Quality of Life

•  Graduation


  1. Strongly professed interest and commitment to serve the Pulaski County area beyond the training period.
  2. Willingness to devote time to Leadership Greater Little Rock in terms of attendance and field projects during the program.
  3. An occupational commitment to remain in the Pulaski County area or little likelihood of transfer in the immediate future.
  4. Community and/or civic service leadership as evidenced by the breadth and level of involvement in non-employment-related volunteer activities within the Pulaski County area, or demonstration of interest in becoming more involved.
  5. Demonstration of leadership skills and abilities on the job.
  6. Demonstration of strong interpersonal skills and a tendency to be proactive on issues of concern to the community.
  7. Ability to make a substantive contribution to the program, both in terms of issues and projects, as well as networking with peers.
  8. Financial and time commitment of applicant’s employer or sponsoring organization for applicant to participate in Leadership Greater Little Rock.
  9. Commitment to LGLR (simultaneous or concurrent participation in other local, regional or state leadership programs is not allowed).
  10. Residence or employment in the Pulaski County area for a minimum of one year. 


Originally dubbed the Greater Little Rock Leadership Institute, LGLR is an initiative of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Following adoption of the program in 1985 by the Chamber’s Board of Directors, volunteers have served in the positions of Class Chairman and Curriculum Chairman in each succeeding year.  Approximately 50 participants are selected each year.  The program, now run by the Leadership Greater Little Rock Board of Advisors, promotes the involvement of its members in the community, generating enthusiasm and new community leadership beyond what was envisioned in 1985.


An anonymous selection committee will give careful attention to choosing a class that represents a cross-section of the community and reflects its diversity with a balanced gender, race, socio-economic and geographic representation that closely parallels the demographics of the metropolitan area.  Participants will be active in business, education, the arts, government, non-profit and community-based organizations.  Chamber membership is not a requirement for participation, but is encouraged.  The competition for participation grows each year, and many potential participants will be second and third-time applicants.


The Leadership Greater Little Rock program consists of ten full-day sessions plus a two-day out-of-town orientation retreat.  Sessions are usually held on the third Thursday each month from October through June, but a complete calendar will be provided to each participant prior to their acceptance.  Attendance at an overnight orientation/retreat prior to the first session is required.  Some sessions will be conducted by the class members and will require planning time over and above scheduled class time.  Additional projects may be assigned.  Program participants are expected to attend each monthly session.  While emergencies do arise, any participant missing more than sixteen (16) hours of scheduled events, for whatever reason, shall be automatically dropped from the program, and no portion of the tuition will be refunded.  Upon missing eight (8) hours, the participant will be reminded of his/her attendance status.  Upon missing twelve (12) hours, the participant’s employer will be notified of the attendance status.


The tuition fee for each participant selected is $2,200 and is payable in full by Friday, September 18.  


Upon completion of the Leadership Greater Little Rock program, participants are eligible for membership in the organization’s alumni association.  The Leadership Greater Little Rock Alumni Association is organized to continue the ongoing process of leadership development for the Pulaski County area.



Ready to get started?

To complete your application process you must do the following:
  • Fill out the online application (below)
  • Access and complete the signed Participant Commitment Form and attach before submitting application
  • Access and have your employer complete the signed Employer Commitment Form and attach before submitting application
  • Attach your photo
  • Attach two letters of recommendation

~ Your application must include all elements to be considered ~


Unfortunately, you CANNOT save your application and come back to complete it at a later time. Therefore, we have provided the Application Worksheet so you can save it to your desktop, type in your answers at your leisure and then copy and paste the answers into the appropriate fields below once you are ready to submit your completed application. CLICK HERE to download the Application Worksheet. Deadline to apply is end of business on Monday, June 8.


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