What distinguishes The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute from other leadership centers and training programs?

The vision for the Institute is based upon the leadership style of Dr. Grace E. Harris and is one that values personal relationships and decisive decision making. Dr. Harris utilized transformative leadership values and was committed to social equity and hearing all voices in her leadership roles within Virginia Commonwealth University and the Richmond community. The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute is dedicated to the leadership development of current and emerging leaders in academic institutions, other public, private and nonprofit organizations, and communities. The Institute bridges personal and professional leadership development by stressing that the improvement of leadership skills, behaviors, competencies, and practices requires knowledge acquisition, professional skill development, and feedback. The foundation for all of the Institute's programs is:

  • Building collaborative partnerships
  • Creating a learning environment
  • Envisioning a brighter future
  • Strengthening commitment to results


What is transformative leadership?

Transformational leadership originates in the personal values and beliefs of the leaders and is transmitted to one’s followers by focusing on a common purpose that transcends short-term goals (Burns, 1978). Transformational leaders operate out of deeply held personal value systems that include values such as justice, liberty, equality, and integrity. It is a leadership style that involves empowering and mentoring those you lead through addressing their self-worth, helping them reach their full potential, and creating a sense of shared values and vision. The four dimensions of transformational leadership are idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration. Transformational leadership is a style that values collaboration, teamwork, and personal empowerment.

What are the hours of operation for The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute?

The Institute is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Institute follows the schedule of Virginia Commonwealth University for delays, closings, and holidays.

Is there onsite parking available at The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute?

The Institute does not have its own parking. There is metered street parking available on Franklin Street in front of the Millhiser House, 916 W. Franklin Street.

Who can participate in the training and programs offered by The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute?

Each of the Institute’s programs target different participants. The programs are designed to attract people at different stages in their leadership development. Please check out the individualized program pages to determine which program meets your needs.

Does The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute offer scholarships to cover the tuition of its programs?

The Institute does not offer scholarships or any other financial assistance to cover program tuition. In the past participants have been sponsored by their employer or raised the money to participate in one of the leadership programs.

What methods of payment does the Institute accept?

 The Institute accepts the following methods of payment:

  • All major credit cards
  • Checks
  • Purchase orders
  • Journal vouchers

Can The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute offer customized programs or seminars for my organization?

The Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute can adapt its leadership programs and services to meet the needs of specific organizations and groups. The Institute offers assessments that organizations can use to create productive teams and improve their work life environment. The Institute is also certified to provide executive coaching. Those interested in individualized programming should contact Dr. Nakeina E. Douglas-Glenn, Director, at (804) 827-1169.

Do the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute programs count for continuing education credit?

Yes, continuing education credit is offered. Please contact the Institute for details about your specific program of interest.

Is academic credit available for participation in leadership programs?

No, we do not offer academic credit for participating in The Grace E. Harris Leadership programs.