Become the leader you were meant to be

The 9 Virtues Leadership Institute empowers current and aspiring leaders to grow and develop professionally and personally.

Everyone has the inborn capacity to lead—it’s just a matter of unlocking that potential.

About the 9 virtues

The 9 Virtues Leadership Institute helps you build on your natural ability and nurture your leadership habits through specific behaviors.

Learn how to practice the 9 virtues of exceptional leaders, with guidance from leadership expert Dr. Karl Haden and award-winning educator, Prof. Rob Jenkins. Below are some of the popular options for virtues-based development. Please keep in mind that the Institute can customize a program especially for your organization. 

60-90 Minute Keynote

An AAL consultant will come to your site and deliver a 60-90 minute presentation on the 9 Virtues and related concepts from the book. This option is ideal for organizations that wish to incorporate virtues-based leadership development into a larger program, such as a staff development day. Books can be purchased at a discount for attendees prior to the event, or they can be made available for individuals to purchase on the day of the program.

Half-Day Leadership Program

The half-day program is designed to introduce organizational leaders to the fundamentals of virtues-based leadership. It will cover the 9 Virtues, the importance of lifelong learning, and the leader’s role in promoting a virtuous organizational culture. This program is designed for upper-level managers, to introduce them to concepts they may wish AAL to share with the rest of their organization later, in a full-day training. Attendees will receive a copy of the book on the day of the session.

Full-Day Executive Program

This program is designed to be highly interactive, with group and individual activities aimed at helping attendees understand and internalize the Virtues. As part of the full-day program, each attendee will receive a copy of The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders well before the program is scheduled. This program will include the principles of virtues-based leadership; the relationship between ethics, values, and the 9 Virtues; the importance of lifelong learning; and the role of leaders in promoting a virtues-based organizational culture. 

Meet The Experts

N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.

N. Karl Haden, Ph.D. is the founder of The 9 Virtues Leadership Institute and co-author of the book The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders. Dr. Haden has worked with business, health care, nonprofit, and higher education executives and organizations for over 25 years. His areas of expertise include leadership development, team building, and organizational strategy. An experienced entrepreneur, educator, and businessman, he is also the founder and president of AAL, a consulting and professional development firm located in Atlanta. Dr. Haden’s formal education is in business management, religious studies, the humanities, and philosophy—studies to which he credits many of his perspectives on leadership. He has authored numerous articles and monographs in leadership and policy and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins has spent 31 years in higher education as an administrator and teacher. A regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications, Rob has written extensively on leadership and related topics. Rob is the author of three books, including Building a Career in America’s Community CollegesThe 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders, and Welcome to My Classroom. Rob is an experienced workshop presenter and keynote speaker, with certifications from the Chair Academy and The Center for Teacher Effectiveness. He currently serves as associate professor of English at Perimeter College of Georgia State University and as a Fellow of AAL.

Our Books

The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leadership

Effective leaders are not simply people who know a lot about good leadership; they are people who practice it every day. This book enables you to do just that, building on your natural ability and nurturing your leadership habits through specific behaviors.

31 Days With The Virtues

The virtues of exceptional leaders are habits; and like the habits of a virtuoso, they result from deliberate practice. 31 Days With The Virtues offers daily reflections, each ending with a suggestion for practicing the relevant virtue. Whether you use our idea or think of another, the goal is always action.


The value of leadership in all realms of civilized society is becoming ever more critical. Haden and Jenkins will make you rethink the essentials of being a leader. Their book guides you on a journey of self-discovery as you learn to practice each of the Nine Virtues.

Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H.
Former President and CEO, American Dental Education Association

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