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Leadership Development Resources

Vision: To facilitate the development and growth of activist leadership for our thriving association.

Our Strategy: To identify members with the potential to become organizational and education leaders at the local, state and national level.

Leadership Competencies

The NEA Leadership Competencies are designed to inform, empower, motivate and equip association educators with the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders. Click here to learn more..



NEA Leadership Development Guide

This guide is intended for individual educators who are curious about their leadership and are ready to start their journey toward self-awareness to become stronger Association leaders (elected and non-elected) and stronger professionals.

Download the Guide

Leadership Competency Self-Assessment

The NEA Leadership Competency Self-Assessment was designed to help NEA leaders identify their own areas of strength, as well as areas where they can improve. Click here to access the Self-Assessment.  Please read instructions below to login and launch the self-assessments.

Sign in – Username: email address / Password: established by user
Note: If you do not have an account, please register by clicking on the “Register Now” button below the sign in area.

Upon entering the LMS Portal, please follow instructions below to access the LD self-assessments:

  1. Click on the “Visit LMS Catalog”
  2. Under “Browse by Category”, select “Leadership”
  3. Under “Browse by Leadership”, select “Competency Assessments”
  4. Select the competency assessment you choose to enroll by clicking on the “enroll” button.
  5. Click on the “launch” button to begin the assessment.
  6. To sign out of the LMS Portal, click on the arrow next to your initials located at the top right-hand corner of the page.

Note: You will receive an email confirmation upon registering in the LMS Portal.  You will also receive an email confirmation upon enrolling in the assessment(s).

Leadership Competencies Training Considerations

The NEA Leadership Competency Framework was created with the realization that today's education leaders are facing some of the toughest decisions in the history of our association and public education.  The essential program and training considerations are not intended to be exhaustive or prescriptive, but provide a suggested approach, and in some cases, examples of what could be included in a training or program to help members develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities as outlined in the progression level.

Leadership Training Considerations:
Advocacy  (PDF)

Leadership Training Considerations:
Communication (PDF)

Leadership Training Considerations:
Governance and Leadership (PDF)

Leadership Training Considerations:
Leading Our Professions (PDF)

Leadership Training Considerations:
Organizing (PDF)

Leadership Training Considerations:
Strategy and Fiscal Health (formerly "Business")  (PDF)

Leadership Development Express Newsletter

NEA's Leadership Development: Creating a distinctive leadership brand for the 21st Century. Download the Spring Summer 2020 issue of Leadership Development Express here.

Member Leadership Opportunities

This section is designed to provide suggestions for next steps in creating and/or developing opportunities for individual leaders.

  • Contact your State Association for potential leadership opportunities within your state or local affiliate.
  • Join or create a leadership development community page using NEA edCommunities. It's free and open to all NEA members.
  • Join NEA EdLeaders Facebook Group Page. Stay connected and engagned. 

If you have questions or comments, please contact us at

Explore the NEA Leadership Competency Guide  
(PDF, 4.7 MB, 32 pgs.)

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Leading in a Crisis

COVID-19 is tough, but we’re tougher. And we're here to help with advice, encouragement, and more.  Click here to read more. 



This case study provides an overview of the process and tools - guided by the Leadership Competencies – that the Wisconsin Education Association Council utilized and developed to strengthen its Summer Leadership Academy.