Overview & Mission
True leaders – the ones who courageously enact change, master opposition, foster productivity, and respond decisively – demonstrate leadership daily. It’s not enough to just know about leadership. At Thayer Leadership, we span the gap between knowing about leadership in theory and acting like a leader when it counts. We combine one of the nation’s most prestigious and decorated faculty with top field practitioners to facilitate the only leadership development program of its kind, building leaders in the very same time-honored tradition that has helped build one of the world’s most powerful nations.
Our Mission and Values
The mission of Thayer Leadership is to inspire and build leaders of character by offering leadership and ethics education grounded in time-honored military principles and values-based leadership delivered by proven leaders.
As a premier executive leader development organization, Thayer offers unparalleled leadership experiences that blend world-class applied academic and experiential sessions to unleash the “whole leader”. We provide access to top battle- and boardroom-tested experts who have lived, served, and practiced the leadership principles they teach. By embracing the spirit of Sylvanus Thayer, our namesake and the “Father of West Point”, we deliver transformative leader development experiences that inspire action and change based on our values of purpose driven character, commitment to excellence, and innovative spirit.
Purpose-Driven Character: Having the motivation and integrity to deliver on our mission every day with energy, knowledge, and respect
Commitment to Excellence: Having the pride and dedication to be lifelong learners and collaborative team members in pursuit of serving our clients and each other
Innovative Spirit: Having the desire to inspire growth and transformation by being agile and navigating through uncertainty
How Thayer Develops and Inspires "Whole" Leaders
Thayer's unique approach to leadership development was founded on the Army's leadership philosophy of "Be, Know, Do" which focuses on creating complete leaders through the development of character, knowledge, and application. As a leading, global expert in values-based leader development, our proprietary and motivating 4-pronged learning approach delivers a holistic experience for participants at West Point, online, virtually, or at any location around the world:
LEADERS TRAINING LEADERS: APPLIED ACADEMICS — Offering a superior combination of academics and applied learning makes Thayer's program anything but “textbook” leadership training. Here, theory becomes more relevant and concrete – as classroom teachings morph into highly interactive sessions grounded in widely applicable best practices from the military, working synergistically to bring together organizational, ethical and personal components to power leadership skills.
EXPERIENTIAL EMPHASIS — These integrated, customizable experiential and team building exercises take the learnings from the classroom outdoors to leverage physical location and history. While outside, participants glean leadership lessons through innovative engagement. Delivered around the world and led by experts well-versed in the foundations of Army training, each activity is embedded with valuable leadership principles, directly reinforcing the core principles of strategy, communication, trust, ethics, and more.
CONTEXTUAL LEARNING: SENIOR ADVISORS — Thayer has become the benchmark in leadership development, by providing unrivaled access to Senior Advisors who have lived, served, and practiced the same principles that they teach. These leaders are retired General Officers who serve as coaches and mentors helping develop action plans for organizations and individuals to implement in their environments.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: INSPIRATIONAL KEYNOTES — Thayer's Keynote Speakers are inspirational and motivational "Leaders of Character" who share unique experiences and compelling messages that reinforce the principles that apply in the battlefield and the boardroom. They are tenured professionals who actively demonstrate leadership, and share insights that impact character development.
"To a person, we were not sure what to expect. But, during our Thayer Leadership program, we were stretched and made uncomfortable through the discussions that we had. Thank you for pushing us. We cannot..."
Jim Heath, President