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Leadership conference theme ideas

Updated April 17, 2017

Leadership conferences are seminars that can be anywhere from half a day to a week long and teach leadership skills. They are usually conducted for employees or students. In addition to teaching kids and adults how to become good leaders, they provide a bonding experience among peers that should break down social barriers. Make your leadership conference fun and interesting by choosing a theme that will both inspire and entertain.

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Inspiring Themes

Organise your leadership conference around an inspiring theme that will encourage attendants to become good leaders themselves. Try something basic such as "The Building Blocks of Leadership," "Putting the Pieces Together" or "Explore Your Possibilities." Motivate with soaring themes such as "Unleashing Your Inner Potential," "Reaching for the Stars" or "Climbing the Ladder of Success."

Fun Themes

Use a fun theme for your leadership conference if you want the seminar to have a lighter atmosphere. If your conference is for adults, try a nostalgia theme, such as "Hippies" or "The Psychedelic '70s." Encourage participants to dress up in clothes from their youth to lighten the mood. Try a theme such as "The Games We Play" to show how so much of leadership is knowing the rules and taking a role in directing a group activity. Set the room up with various board game stations to let people practice their leadership skills.

Movie Themes

Many themes derived from popular movies have direct ties to leadership. Try using the theme "Mission: Impossible" and make all participants into secret agents whose mission is to become a better leader. Use the theme "Ghostbusters" to get attendees to get rid of their inner "ghosts" of self-doubt and tentativeness. Use the theme "The Lord of the Rings" to discuss how leadership works in the movie, where different people must come together to fulfil a quest. You can also use it to show how power can blind people to everyday realities.

Themes for Kids

Teaching leadership skills to children and teens is equally as important. For a leadership conference for young people, try a theme such as "If I Were the Teacher, I Would..." to encourage students to think about being leaders. A theme such as "Playing Together" or "Cooperating Works!" can lend themselves to showing children that a good leader knows how to share responsibility and power. Try the Dr. Seuss theme, "Oh, the Places You'll Go" to motivate kids to think about the future and how their leadership skills can get them there.

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About the Author

David Coodin began working as a writer in 2005, and has been published in "The Walrus." He contributes to various websites, writing primarily in the areas of education and art. Coodin holds a Ph.D. in English literature from York University in Toronto.

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