Leading with Purpose: Leadership Development the New Politics Way – 2021 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Presented by Max Klau, Chief Program Officer, New Politics Leadership Academy

Session Description:

The New Politics Leadership Academy recruits and supports servant leaders to run for elected office.  Our work is grounded in an approach to leadership development that recognizes the interconnectedness of inner work within the self and outer-world change in our communities.  This session will introduce participants to our model and will invite them to engage in some essential inner work:  Crafting their own leadership mission, and owning their own shadow–the dark parts of ourselves that we rarely confront but that keep us from living our mission.

Session Goals:

By the end of this session, participants will have learned how to:

  • understand the Flame leadership model that illuminates the relationship between inner change and outer change
  • craft their Personal Leadership Mission that articulates their aspirations for how they want to be as leaders
  • craft their Shadow Mission that involves confronting the choices they make when they do not align with the mission



Dr. Max Klau is the Chief Program Officer at the New Politics Leadership Academy, a non-partisan non-profit that is dedicated to recruiting and developing military veterans and alumni of national service programs to seek political office. Previously, he was the Vice President of Leadership Development at City Year, Inc., the national service program headquartered in Boston. Max received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005 and is an alumnus of four service programs.