SPARTAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM EMPOWERS VETERANS TO LEAD_
Building Leaders Through Character
Travis Manion Foundation’s premiere Spartan Leadership Program (SLP) connects purpose with passion to hone and leverage the leadership of our nation’s heroes. The 7-month program offers an innovative way for veterans and families of fallen heroes to learn and embrace the framework of Spartan Leadership, which begins with self-development and culminates in building a lasting legacy of service.
Through intentional practice and learning that blends virtual and in-person experiences, the SLP is aimed at developing personal growth and leadership among veterans and survivors, who we believe are uniquely positioned to motivate communities toward meaningful change. Rooted in the principles of character-based education and positive psychology, SLP curriculum is delivered by best-in-class, like-minded professionals who share our passion for empowering veterans and families of the fallen.
Defining Spartan Leadership
Being a Spartan Leader means leveraging one’s strengths to empower others to thrive through putting character into action. Our program works to develop this unique mindset by focusing on the four core principles of Spartan Leadership:
Participants will develop a deeper understanding of self in order to employ a growth mindset that ensures they always act with intention.
Connect + Challenge
Participants will learn how connecting within a group setting can facilitate self-improvement, and they are challenged to empower others to do the same.
A desire to serve is at the core of every Spartan Leader. Participants will leave the program with a heightened desire to lead by example, from the front.
Build a Legacy
We want our graduates to cultivate a lasting legacy of service - one that begins with themselves, but also continues on in their communities for many generations to come.
Selected for Greatest Impact
We believe true leadership is a calling - not an obligation. Our goal is not to create leaders, but to instead invest in those who have already displayed a passion for service in their communities. We had over 100 applicants apply for our inaugural class, with 20 selected, showing the overwhelming demand for this program. Members of our inaugural class represent a wide range of experiences, walks of life, character strengths, interests and passions. We believe these 20 highly engaged Spartans will go on to make a great impact due to their continued dedication to self-development, their unfailing commitment to serving others, and the way they continually embrace a value-driven life.
"This experience will give me the opportunity to establish relationships with individuals who can help me forge a new path giving back to our current generation of veterans and inspiring the next."
-Michael Diehl, Navy Veteran
Atlantic Beach, NC
"I want to refine my idea of how to apply my strengths and experiences toward being a positive force in my hometown. I hope to have a better understanding of myself and my journey so I can better use it to create momentum where I am."
-Tyson Stahl, Marine Corps Veteran
How is this program different from other leadership programs?
The Spartan Leadership Program is unique not only because we’re bringing together veterans and families of fallen heroes who are already uniquely positioned to lead; our curriculum challenges conventional leadership approaches by focusing on building a strong sense of self. We believe personal purpose is what leads to passion and thriving, and our curriculum is built around that idea. All SLP curriculum is delivered by best-in-class, like-minded professionals who share our passion for empowering veterans and families of the fallen.
Where are the meetings and events held?
Although due to current circumstances much of our curriculum will be hosted online, the program will include two in-person meetings -- a TMF Leadership Expedition in October as well as a capstone project presentation and graduation ceremony at Boeing headquarters in Washington DC in November.
Is this an accredited program? Can I receive college credit hours?
When candidates complete the program, they will receive a certificate from the Spartan Leadership Program.
What topics will the program curriculum cover?
You can view the SLP course schedule, which includes all topics that will be covered here: 2020 SLP Course Schedule
Candidate Selection Process
What are the application requirements? How will participants be selected?
SLP is designed exclusively for veterans and families of fallen heroes. Candidates are asked to participate in an application process detailed below, however, applications for our 2020 cohort are currently closed. We are scheduled to open the process again for our 2021 class this fall.
Due to limited space, the SLP selection process is divided into two phases, an online application phase and a person-by-person committee review phase. Select applicants then move forward to a series of phone and/or video interviews by members of the Selection Committee.
Is this program open to people who are not veterans?
This program is designed specifically for veterans and families of fallen heroes.
Can I apply if I haven’t participated in other TMF programs?
The SLP is open to previously engaged Spartans as well as veterans and family members of fallen heroes who are new to TMF.
When are participants chosen and notified?
We are scheduled to begin accepting applications for the 2021.