An Overview of the York Rite Leadership Program
By S. Lane Pierce, Program Administrator
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Success is predicated on leadership. There is not a single problem in our fraternity that cannot be solved with the sound principles and skills of leadership. Membership, a favorite topic of many officer meetings, is just one example.
Recognizing the need to prepare a core group of leaders for the York Rite, the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons International, General Grand Council of Cryptic Masons International, and Grand Encampment of Knights Templar have formed a partnership to provide executive-class leadership training to a select group of Companions, Sir Knights, and individuals connected with the Masonic family. This group of individuals is being prepared to move into leadership positions in our fraternity or to continue to hone those leadership skills they have already acquired.
The training consists of three distinct courses. The courses are generally offered at each annual Regional / Department Conference. The first course examines your personal inventory of leadership skills explores general leadership concepts. The second course builds upon the first by applying leadership principles to groups and creating compelling outcomes that drive success. The third course emphasizes development of communication skills and to communicate your plans and motivate others. Our belief being that regardless of how extensive the leadership training an individual receives, that person will not be a successful or effective leader unless able to communicate their leadership vision.
The entire training program is provided free of charge to the participant. The only cost or investment required of the participant is transportation, lodging, meals, and conference registration. There is no separate charge or tuition for the course itself. The York Rite provides all training materials and the instructors. Once each of the three courses is completed, successful graduates receive a handsome token indicating that they have satisfactorily completed the leadership program. We do ask each participant to commit to the following: (1) that you will complete the program; (2) that you will strive to put your new skills into active use for the betterment of Freemasonry; and (3) that you will teach others what you have learned and hold them accountable for exhibiting good leadership skills.
To enroll or participate in the program, the full name of the leadership student together with contact information (email and telephone number) must be provided to the Leadership Program Administrator sufficiently prior to the Regional/Department Conference in order that a letter of invitation may be sent to the prospective student. It should be understood that participation in the program does not ensure that the participant or graduate will be selected for any office in the York Rite. Members at all levels are welcome, but newer members are especially encouraged to participate in this program.
Leadership is a visionary means for effecting change. While much of the material is generally applicable, the addition of Masonic references and information makes it extremely applicable to the Craft. Designed to integrate solid leadership and communication skills, with a special emphasis on Masonic teaching, this program promotes classroom interaction and participation, inter jurisdictional cross-culturalization, and development of personal relationships upon which to build a bright future for our fraternity.