Prepare for Life in Public Service by Growing as a...

  • Strategic Leader

    Build the strategies and practices that help you lead a vision.

  • Decision-Maker

    Strengthen your ability to make decisions based on your principles.

  • Change Agent

    Become an agent of change and renewal in your city.

  • Moral Leader

    Display the attitudes and behaviours that build trust with others.

  • Public Servant

    Learn from seasoned political leaders how to serve the public good.

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We are preparing statesmen & stateswomen with the character and leadership foundations needed to lead well in public office.

Delivers Results

With this course you will...

  • Strengthen the character and moral foundations necessary for effective leadership

  • Clarify your values, destiny, and the ideal timing to enter public leadership

  • Create and implement a Personal Development Plan to help you develop the skills needed for team leadership

  • Participate in the Political & Community Projects that develop the experience and influence needed to lead

  • Learn to develop the talents and attitudes of those on your public service team

  • Discover how to lead strategies that transform your workplace and your community

How the Course Works

Content Delivery Methods

  • 7 Course Instructors delivering 7 Modules in TED Talk-style on-demand online lessons
  • 7 Live Activation Group Coaching Webinars with the cohort and instructors after each online module
  • Interviews with Political Leaders to illustrate the best practices  

Tools to Enhance Learning

  • Leadership Assessments provide a baseline of your leadership strengths and opportunities for growth
  • Personal Development Plans to define and self-manage the growth you need to succeed in public office
  • Application Projects in your local community during the course to gain experience
  • Module Handbooks bring the personal reflection and application needed

The Course Schedule (Cohort course only)

  • Introduction Webinar - October 
  • Module 1 Live Webinar - November 
  • Module 2 Live Webinar  - January 
  • Module 3 Live Webinar  - February 
  • Module 4 Live Webinar  - March 
  • Module 5 Live Webinar  - April 
  • Module 6 Live Webinar  - May 
  • Module 7 Live Webinar  - June 
  • Graduation Webinar - June 

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A Preview of the Full Course


  • How does the course prepare me for life in public office?

    The course covers 7 areas of personal and leadership best practices that provide the moral, relational and character foundations essential for life and leadership in public office. The course is NOT about how to run a campaign, how to choose a political party or training on specific political issues.

  • What qualifies this course as Top in its Class?

    This is a unique offering that integrates leadership principles and practices delivered to the top Canadian organizations to develop executive leaders, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. It combines those with character-based transformational practices valuable for public leaders.

  • Who is a Good Candidate for this course?

    It is best suited for those preparing to enter public service roles; for high-performing, big picture thinkers with transformational mindsets; for those with 5+ years of team leadership experience; for those able to participate in community initiatives during the course; those able to dedicate 4 to 5 hours monthly to the lessons, plus engage in community activities.

Course Differentiators

  • Top Instructors

    Learn from leading experts with extensive experience in wise leadership practices.

  • Key Strategies

    Receive the tools and strategies that top Canadian organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 companies, use to develop their executive leaders.

  • Political Interviews

    Learn from current and experienced politicians who illustrate the political life and leadership success factors.


"Opportunity for Self-evaluation"

A Lead Well Graduate

"The Lead Well course provided an opportunity for self-evaluation in determining my readiness to enter the political world. It challenged my assumptions and provoked thought. The guidance of political leaders with practical experience was very valuable."

"Teaches and supports"

Mike Poworoznyk, former provincial-level political party Chief Administrative Officer

"After years serving in the back rooms with political leaders, staffers and bureaucrats, I can confidently say that public service can be invigorating and life-changing. But all leaders need to learn what will get them through media storms, and sustain them in the thankless hours of service, to deliver the truth and care they entered politics to bring. Lead Well teaches and supports finding that way."

"No better organization"

Deb MacLelland, onBOARD Training

"Preparing to become elected is one thing. Preparing for life after election is another. Having worked with elected officials for the past two decades, I know some of the pressures that they face on a daily basis. I cannot think of a better organization than Leading Influence to guide someone in this process!"

"Real-life experiences"

A Lead Well Graduate

"The Lead Well program offered excellent leadership course material accompanied by real-life experiences and stories shared by MLAs, MPPs, MPs and Mayors. I have received a boost of confidence as I continue serving in the public arena."

"Accelerated learning"

Bryan Elliott, CEO of Consolidated Energy Solutions

"The results were amazing! This accelerated learning methodology prepared an emerging leader under my direction to grow in leadership presence, confidence and focus resulting in a much greater impact both internally and externally. I highly recommend the Lead Well Leadership program."

A "Kingdom-Class" Program

Keith Knight, Canadian Christian Business Federation

"Leading Influence has done it again. Their Lead Well Leadership course is a "kingdom-class" mentoring and training program designed to transform lives and massage character... Lead Well is designed to instill integrity, wisdom and knowledge into the hearts and minds of those men and women about to enter their political careers."

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Lead Well Leadership Course

    • Welcome to the Course

    • Tips for the Course

    • Guide for the Course Player

    • Course Outcomes & Instructions

  • 2

    Module 1 - Kingdom Leadership in Politics

    • Introduction to the Topic and Tim Schindel

    • Session 1 - The Kingdom and Partisan Politics

    • Session 2 - Updating the Operating System

    • Session 3 - The Super-Power of Servanthood

    • Session 4 - The Road Less Travelled

    • Session 5 - We are Better Together

    • ACTION - Complete the Executive Leader POP Assessment

    • Session 6 - Interview with a Political Leader

    • Module 1 - Live Activation Zoom Webinar

  • 3

    Module 2 - Strategic Leadership in Politics

    • Introduction to the Topic and Brian Beattie

    • Video Introduction - Transforming the City of Brantford, Ontario

    • Session 1 - Introduction to City Transformation

    • Session 2 - City Transformation Timeline (Steps 1 – 3)

    • Session 3 - City Transformation Timeline (Steps 4 – 5)

    • Session 4 - City Transformation Timeline (Steps 6 - 7)

    • Session 5 - City Transformation Timeline (Steps 8 – 10)

    • Session 6 – City Transformation Timeline Conclusion

    • Session 7 – Interview with a Political Leader

    • Module 2 - Live Activation Zoom Webinar

  • 4

    Module 3 - Personal Leadership in Politics

    • Introduction to the Topic and Glem Dias

    • Session 1 - Introduction to Personal Development Planning

    • Session 2 - The Context for Development Planning

    • Session 3 – The Key Differentiators of High Impact Development Plans

    • Session 4 - Destiny Questions to Fulfill Dreams

    • Session 5 - Destiny Principles to Find Provision

    • Session 6 - Destiny Window to Frame the Context

    • Session 7 - Building your Development Plan

    • Session 8 - Activating Your Development Plan

    • Session 9 - Interview with a Political Leader

    • Module 3 - Live Activation Zoom Webinar

  • 5

    Module 4 - Transformational Leadership in Politics

    • Introduction to the Topic and Marv Franz

    • Session 1 - Introducing Transformational Leadership in Politics

    • Session 2 - The Power of Servant Leadership

    • Session 3 – Adopt an Empowerment Mindset

    • Session 4 - See Yourself as an Agent of Transformation

    • Session 5 - Shape a Vision for Good

    • Session 6 - Inspiring a Strong Sense of Community

    • Session 7 - Adopting a Resilient Mindset

    • Session 8 – Interview with a Political Leader

    • Module 4 - Live Activation Zoom Webinar

  • 6

    Module 5 - Moral Leadership in Politics

    • Introduction to the Topic and Sharon Gaetz

    • Session 1 - Introducing Moral Leadership

    • Session 2 - Relational Integrity to Secure Influence

    • Session 3 - Financial Integrity To Protect Reputations

    • Session 4 - Sexual Integrity to Ensure Safe Work

    • Session 5 – Interview with a Political Leader

    • Module 5 - Live Activation Zoom Webinar

  • 7

    Module 6 - Character Leadership in Politics

    • Introduction to the Topic and Dr. Scott Francis

    • Session 1 - Defining Character

    • Session 2 - Tend to Our Compassion

    • Session 3 - Tend to Our Ego

    • Session 4 - Tend to Our Shadows

    • Session 5 - Interview with a Political Leader

    • Session 6 - Tend to Our Ideology

    • Module 6 - Live Activation Zoom Webinar

  • 8

    Module 7 - Relational Leadership in Politics

    • Introduction to the Topic and Jason Goertzen

    • Session 1 - Introducing Relational Leadership in Politics

    • Session 2 - Marriage & Politics

    • Session 3 - Interview with a Political Leader & Spouse

    • Session 4 - Family & Politics

    • Session 5 - Interview with a Political Leader

    • Session 6 - Thriving in Environments of Criticism & Adversity

    • Session 7 - Interview with a Political Leader

    • Module 7 - Live Activation Zoom Webinar

  • 9

    Concluding Steps

    • Self-Evaluation

    • Course Final Survey

    • Follow-up with Leading Influence

Meet the Instructors


Glem Dias

Glem is the CEO of Glem Dias & Associates, and an award-winning leadership and talent strategist. He has advised CEOs, executives and board members on leadership strategy at Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial and social enterprises. Glem is married to Vinny and they live with their two children in Mississauga, Ontario.


Jason Goertzen

Jason is the Leading Influence Chaplain in the BC Legislature and over 20 years of pastoral experience including 13 years at Lifetree Church in Victoria. Jason has a commitment to his local community through his involvement in the management of local sports teams. Jason is married to Christine, has three adult children and lives in Victoria, BC.


Scott Francis

Scott is a professional leadership coach and consultant with 16 years of experience. He helps executives and organizational leaders to increase productivity, effective management, and corporate culture and works extensively with corporate, public and non-profit sector clients. Scott holds his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and his M.A. in Organizational Leadership & Management. Scott is married and lives near Regina, SK.


Sharon Gaetz

Sharon is the former Mayor of Chilliwack, BC (2008-2018), and enjoys providing leadership in community engagement and civic governance. Sharon has served as the President of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association of British Columbia and was elected by her peers to the Presidents’ Committee of the Union of BC Municipalities. Sharon is married to Jim and they live in Chilliwack, BC.


Brian Beattie

Brian is the Lead Pastor of Freedom House in Brantford, Ontario and the Chair for ONEchurch Brantford. Brian has been very engaged with business and politics for many years, as both a passion and as a strategic process towards city transformation. Brian is also the founder of Leadership By Design. Brian is married to Sharlyss and they live in Brantford, ON.


Marv Franz

Marv is the Principal of New Vantage which helps executive leaders and boards bring about organizational transformation by establishing strategic direction and strengthening leadership and organizational culture. His consulting work with the Municipality of Durham Region near Toronto helped them to achieve the Governor General’s 2015 Order of Excellence. He has also provided training for deputy ministers through the Conference Board of Canada. Marv lives with his wife Christine and three children in Waterloo, Ontario.

Lead Instructor

Tim Schindel

Tim is the Founder and President of Leading Influence, a national non-profit that is focused on providing emotional and spiritual support to elected leaders across Canada. Tim has served as a Leadership Coach, Lead Pastor, and is a past-President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce. Tim is married to Barb, has three adult children, and lives in Victoria, BC.

Program Director & Facilitator

Jim Foster

Jim is the Director of Leadership Development at Leading Influence. He is a life coach and leadership developer who provides facilitated learning solutions for leaders working in challenging environments such as in the political office, business, or in intercultural settings. Jim is married to Sharon, has three adult children, and lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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The Lead Well Leadership Course is a program of Leading Influence, a non-profit and non-partisan ministry providing excellence in chaplaincy care and personal development to public servants across Canada since 2006.