At Sentergroup, we know that association leaders play a critical role in the success of an organization. We also know that the most effective leaders don’t lead by authority, but through influence. That’s why we partnered with Plenty Consulting to co-develop Lantern, an experiential and immersive leadership experience for our client leaders. This June 19-22, 20 more participants will experience Lantern first-hand. Here’s a look inside the unique program.

The Lantern Experience
Each summer, Plenty and Sentergroup invite a group of emerging leaders from our collective client rosters for a retreat that applies practical leadership theory to participants’ strengths and passions. Through outer exploration of the beautiful surroundings of Park City, Utah, and inner exploration of themselves, Lantern participants learn to define their passions, articulate their purpose, and envision their possibilities.

With an intimate, interactive curriculum that spans 2.5 days, participants establish a blueprint for leading with purpose and intention. They articulate their own leadership vision, build their natural brand, receive 360-degree feedback from colleagues, friends and family based on the five practices of exemplary leadership, and put it all together to grow into their best self.

The Seven P’s of the Lantern Curriculum
There are seven aspects of the Lantern model, which form the curriculum for the retreat. Each participant spends time discovering, learning, and exploring their own leanings and lessons in each area. As developed and defined by Plenty, these are:

Passion is a force that infuses, ignites and radiates out into everything we do. We must align our lives with our deepest passions, and then bring them into form through our actions. It starts by asking, what do I care about? What moves me? Your passions are clues to your deepest calling.

Purpose outlines our core reason for being. Why do what we do? What is our mission at this time on the planet? What is on offer when we are living our purpose?

Possibility is our vision for change—the better world we are trying to build for ourselves and others. It is the highest outcome of what we can achieve.

Presence describes how we want people to feel and think when they interact with us. What is the impression I want to leave? What is my personal brand? And, literally, where am I present? Where do I show up?

Position describes how we articulate our talents and offerings. What makes me special? What are my unique strengths and skills?

People are the core ingredient to every relationship, team, project or business. We are the sum of the people we hang out and work with. Who expands me? Who contracts me?

Practice represents how we ground our passion, purpose, and possibility through action, behavior and discipline. What tools and daily positive habits do I need practice to be my best self? What is not working that I need to stop?

What the Attendees are Saying
A 2016 Lantern participant, Wayne Combs, board member of The Association of Advancement Services Professionals, says this about his experience:

“The Lantern experience is a deeply introspective journey of thoughtful self-discovery with the intention of guiding oneself through a process of understanding their vision for leadership. The journey reveals what is already evolving and emerging within us. Instead of reacting to our feelings and emotions, we become more deliberate and intentional with how we engage people and the world around us. Being heart-centered is now our anchor, our foundation to build a solid and authentic future. There is no longer a struggle between heart and mind. You can no longer stay in your head because your heart, your passion is now your guided intelligence. Ultimately, you become truly confident about who you are and what drives you. The lantern light now guides your navigational path every day. You develop real assets from this experience. I’m still reflecting, and I know I always will, as a heart-centered leader!”
More from our graduates:

“The Lantern experience provides a very intentional and personal pathway to self-discovery. In a very short period, Jeff and Jennifer were able to guide participants through an intensely introspective experience that supports personal growth with practical applications for long-term and sustainable leadership transformation.” – Anonymous 2016 participant

“One of the most meaningful professional and personal development opportunities I’ve experienced. Examines the core of being a great leader from the inside. Life-changing for participants whether you are a long-time, experienced leader or on the path to becoming one.” – Anonymous 2016 participant

Why we do it
Lantern is a way to deliver on a part of Sentergroup’s manifesto to make our corner of the world a little better by helping create high-performing associations and association boards. With over 90,000 associations in the US today, according to The American Society of Association Executives, these trade and professional organizations touch the lives of millions of people and set the standards and trajectories—upwards or downwards—of thousands of industries.

Lantern is our way of helping to connect volunteers with leadership strategies that will advance and positively impact the organizations they serve.

By Jean Bean, Director of Marketing and Communications