The Leadership Institute


The Leadership Institute’s mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process. To accomplish this mission, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media.

Founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute (LI) teaches conservatives the nuts and bolts of how to succeed in the public policy process.

The Institute strives to produce a new generation of public policy leaders unwavering in their commitment to free enterprise, limited government, strong national defense, and traditional values. Institute graduates are equipped with practical skills and professional training to implement sound principles through effective public policy.


Programs and Services 

  • Form independent conservative student groups
  • Publish independent conservative newspapers
  • Manage grassroots-oriented campaigns
  • Run successfully for elected office
  • Formulate policy as elected officials or key staff members
  • Succeed in the competitive field of broadcast media
  • Communicate a conservative message using the media

41 separate training classes are offered all over the country. For schedule, click here.

LI has launched to help conservative students organize on campus.


Address: 1101 North Highland Street
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: (800) 827-5323(LEAD)

Fax: (703) 247-2001


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