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Leadership Development Institutes

As Lions and Leos continue to seek out opportunities to Learn, Lead and Grow, Lions Clubs International offers resources that support Lions and Leos in achieving their goals throughout their leadership journey.

Whether the journey is to Learn and enhance leadership skills, to Lead and mentor others by becoming a trainer, or to Grow and develop future leaders, there are Leadership Development institutes and programs targeted specially for each purpose. These institutes teach the skills needed to become a great leader and transition those skills to the next generation.


Develop skills to become an effective leader.
The Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ELLI) prepares Lions and Leos for leadership positions at the club level. Qualified candidates have successfully served on a club committee and have not yet completed a term as club president. Club first vice presidents are strongly encouraged to attend.
The Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI) prepares Lions and Leos for leadership positions throughout the association and may be customized to accommodate the needs of each area. Qualified candidates are ready to pursue leadership roles within their Lions communities. Club leaders would benefit from attending.
The Advanced Lions Leadership Institute (ALLI) focuses on developing leadership skills including project management, conflict resolution and team building. Qualified candidates are Lions and Leos who have completed a successful term as club president and have a desire to lead at the zone, region and district levels.


Strengthen facilitation skills to train the next generation of leaders.
The Faculty Development Institute (FDI) provides Lions and Leos with foundational knowledge and skills to train at the club, district and multiple district levels. The curriculum focuses on training delivery and techniques to facilitate in-person instruction.
The Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP) provides training and certifies Lions who wish to serve as faculty at the international level, including the FVDG/DGE Seminar. Qualified candidates have prior experience (Lions or professional) in training or education. The curriculum is designed to enhance existing knowledge and optimize skills for adult learning.
Which training is right for you?
The FDI and LCIP Comparison Guide provides an overview which is helpful in identifying the best training pathway based on your current level of training experience.

Lions with prior training experience may have opportunities to facilitate local trainings and institutes. Contact your Multiple District and District GLT Coordinators for more information.


Explore programs for multiple district and district leaders to identify needs in their area, discover grant opportunities and invest in future leaders.
Leadership Development Institutes
Expand your leadership potential by engaging with Lions and Leos from your Constitutional Area.

The Leadership Development International Institute Program provides in-person learning, offered at the constitutional area level. 

These top-quality learning experiences are managed by on-site Lions Clubs International staff and include courses to enhance leadership skills and develop trainers. 

Learn more about these high demand institutes, view schedules, and apply.


Leadership Development Institutes
Encourage leaders in your district, multiple district or undistricted area.

The Leadership Development Local Institute Program enhances the Leadership Development International Institute Program by providing options for local leaders to manage and tailor training in multiple districts, districts and/or undistricted areas.  

Whether the interest is to plan and deliver as the local coordinator, or attend and learn as a participant, resources are available to support Lions and Leos along the pathway to success.

For more information on the Local Institute Program, contact

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Leadership Development Institutes
Explore funding for leadership development in your district, multiple district or undistricted area.

The Leadership Development Institute Grant Program offers funds towards conducting a local Emerging Lions Leadership Institute (ELLI) or Regional Lions Leadership Institute (RLLI).

All multiple districts, single districts and undistricted provisional districts/regions/zones that submit a completed application and meet the criteria will be awarded a Leadership Development institute grant for either an ELLI or RLLI. 

Visit the Institute Grant Program page for more information on how to apply.

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