Expand leadership development through the humanities within higher education


Increase the number of people with training in and appreciation for democratic leadership


Prepare to build communities of humanities study for leadership development outside of higher education

Key Concepts

The answers to the following questions will guide you in understanding the conceptual framework that guides our strategic plan.

What is Kallion’s idea of leadership?

For Kallion, leadership is “the art of meeting the needs of others and empowering them to realize their potential, in individual, collective, and institutional settings.”

What forms can leadership take?

Kallion seeks to affect improvements in the following forms of leadership development:

Appreciation for what leadership is, how it works, and common challenges

Improvements in frequency and quality of leadership behavior

Improved partnerships for collectively addressing human needs

Recognizing, and being recognized for, leadership in oneself

Improved judgement

Decisions to pursue further leadership development

What are our roots of leadership development?

We believe that leadership development, in its most effective and efficient form, requires at least four roots:

Humanities artifacts

Careful, reflective, and carefully-informed study

A commitment to lead

A diverse community

Goal One

Expand leadership development through the humanities within higher education

Kallion will collaborate with those in higher education to design and develop communities for leadership development through the humanities. Through these  communities, Kallion will explore and demonstrate the vitality of leadership development for everyone through the study of the humanities.

Kallion, as an organization with roots in higher education, yet independent from any single institution, is well-positioned to overcome the entrenched cultural and structural barriers that pose a threat to ongoing and collaborative study of the humanities.

A focus on leadership development through the study of the humanities can prepare students to lead at both college and beyond.

Strategy 1.1

Launch and grow a Leading Teachers Community of Practice (LTCP) as a place for dialogue between both humanities educators who want to see and be credited as leadership trainers and leadership professionals who want to share insights into their own leadership development.

Strategy 1.2

Guide and support student-run organizations (a.k.a. Kallion Clubs) for leadership development through the humanities.

strategy 1.3

Investigate and communicate to administrators, educators, and students the ways in which the study of the humanities is vital to leadership development for everyone.

strategy 1.4

Grow and build partnerships with aligned organizations (i.e. programs, centers, foundations, academic societies) to amplify our message, secure resources, and collaboratively discover the best ways to study the humanities for leadership development for everyone.

Goal Two

Increase the number of people with training in and appreciation for democratic leadership

Kallion will help develop immunities to threats to democracy around the globe by increasing the number and proficiency of individuals who practice and promote democratic leadership.

Kallion is a for everyone and by everyone organization. We are intrinsically committed to democratic leadership, which we define positively as a practice of activating the best within everyone and negatively as a practice of combating the conditions that prevent everyone in a community from reaching their full potential.

By promoting democratic leadership development in people from all ages and backgrounds, Kallion will be making a lasting improvement to a vital institution.

Strategy 2.1

Host an annual International Camp for Democratic Leadership (ICDL) for participants of diverse backgrounds, ages, and interests, with the goal of training participants to practice and advocate for democratic leadership through the study of the humanities.

Strategy 2.2

Identify and execute a project on the theme of civil, constructive, and common sense discourse in collaboration with the Kallion board members and advisors who are committed to this aspect of democratic leadership.

Strategy 2.3

Identify and pursue opportunities to collaborate with affiliate organizations who have an interest in promoting democratic leadership.

 goal three

Prepare to build more communities of humanities study for leadership development outside of higher education

Kallion will assess and develop its resources and programming and undertake outreach initiatives in order to make humanities leadership development available to wider and wider audiences.

 We believe that “those who perform leadership roles should harness the power of continual reflection within a life of action.” We also believe that
both the humanities and leadership should be accessible to everyone, and must be engaged with in settings outside of higher education in order to be a vital resources for everyone.

Kallion seeks to provide community experiences that are not focused on creating prestige for the participants but instead are informed by Kallion’s best practices of leadership development for all.

strategy 3.1

Lay the groundwork for Kallion Circles.

strategy 3.2

Create pathways for community members to initiate new projects aligned with Kallion’s mission and values that are consistent with organizational capabilities.