K-12 | LSU Leadership Development Institute

K-12 and Higher Education

In K-12 schools and higher education, we often use the term “leadership” to mean “administration,” but at the LDI, we develop the capacity to lead in each individual by identifying strengths and "pain points" to develop the dispositions of effective educators.

Every teacher or professor that ever stands in front of a classroom and is charged with motivating students to achieve is a leader. We build institutions with cultures of leadership infused into every aspect.

Why Are Teachers Leaving Their Calling?

Research is clear on the reasons teachers burnout and leave the profession. Our approach directly addresses these indicators to increase job satisfaction and reduce burnout and turnover. Teachers have a special purpose, but the road to fulfilling that purpose is filled with challenges and obstacles. 

Every school day, nearly 1,000 teachers leave the field of education.
Another 1,000 transfer to a different school in search of better working conditions at an estimated cost of $10,000-$12,000 each.
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The estimated annual cost of teachers leaving the profession is $2.2 billion in the United States.
Add the cost of teachers transferring to other schools, and the cost increases to $4.9 billion. In the South, we experience the highest turnover in the nation — about 16% annually. (Learning Policy Institute)
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But that’s just the economic impact. The real effects go far beyond.
Students pay the price for unprepared and ineffective teachers, negatively affecting their achievements for up to three years. (Boatman et al, 2012) 




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Looking to Leadership Will Help Us Find Answers

Teachers don't burn out and leave because they can't teach; they burnout and leave because they can't cope. The LDI approach addresses individual triggers that cause stress, frustration and anxiety and ensures that classroom teachers master the dispositions they need to be successful.



“LDI is guiding me through a deeply personalized experience so that I can better align my leadership strengths with those who need it most.”

Kimberly Eckert, 2018 Louisiana Teacher of the Year

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A Different Kind of Development

Each individual must be accountable for his or her own behavior and development and self-awareness is critical. In addition to workshops and classes, the LDI conducts individual assessments and coaching specific to each person to give each teacher a voice in their own growth.

LDI’s development approach lends to each individual’s best level of leadership competency.


We help build schools with cultures of leadership

If you want to construct a strong school culture, we can help you build that. And if you want to deconstruct a poor school culture, we can help with that too. 

Personal and interpersonal relationships are the most critical variable in any workplace culture. The LDI works with stakeholders, faculties, staffs, administrators, and districts to identify their own goals and develop the leaders who will accomplish them.

Accountability and effective development is achieved with periodic coaching follow-ups which support long-term and lasting changes that build personal leadership practices inventory.

LDI’S Customized Evidence-Based Leadership Development:

Customized, evidence-based leadership development

Conduct expert panels to identify importance of specific competencies

Assessed (at) each individual’s skill level

Created a plan for each participant’s development

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“Every day I strive to learn something new and to become a stronger leader. Participating in the Leadership Development Institute at LSU with Dr. Leslie Blanchard has allowed me to identify areas of improvement and most importantly, learn how to address them.”

Barbara Burke, Director of Human Resources and Staff Development, West Baton Rouge Parish

Retain Quality Teachers with Leadership

LDI works to solve the industry’s greatest challenge- teacher retention. With improving leadership competencies and school culture, administration(s) will be able to decrease the high cost of teacher turnovers, and teachers will have opportunities for career advancement and enrichment.


Cultivate talent with customized leadership development.
Develop your team’s leadership talent for increased organizational effectiveness, and
a more productive and rewarded workforce.

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