Qualifications for Leadership Alabama

Please note these specific policies as you consider nominees for Leadership Alabama.

Recommended nominees will…

  • Show a commitment to their community and state through past and present activities;
  • Lead an area of influence to impact change;
  • Have demonstrated leadership in his/her area of influence to impact change; and,
  • Likely exercise substantial leadership in the future.

Age Requirement

There is no specific minimum or maximum age limit for participation. However, nominations of individuals under the age of 40 should be for those who have served a significant tenure as a public leader or who are currently serving as CEO or president at an organization with a meaningful presence and significant employee base within the State of Alabama.  

Organizational Considerations

Except under very limited circumstances, it is required that the senior-most leader (CEO, Chair, President) within an organization or company participates before others in the same company will be eligible to participate.  There can be no more than one representative of an organization in the class in a given year.

Elected Officials

While Leadership Alabama welcomes participation by elected officials, we discourage the nomination of a person actively involved in a political campaign.  No campaign activities will be allowed during a program retreat.  Only one elected official per region will be accepted in a class.


To graduate from Leadership Alabama, a participant is expected to attend all sessions.  Even though emergencies do arise, any participant missing more than the equivalent of one session, for whatever reason, will be asked to withdraw.  The opening retreat in October is mandatory.


The tuition for the program year is $3,250, which includes all programs, speakers, materials and meals. Each member is responsible for travel and hotel expenses. Leadership Alabama is able to provide some financial assistance for tuition based upon need.

Class XXXIV Retreat Dates (2024 – 2025)

October 16 – 18, 2024 (Wednesday – Friday)
January 16 – 18, 2025 (Thursday – Saturday)
March 6 – 8, 2025 (Thursday – Saturday)
May 14 – 16, 2025 (Wednesday – Friday)

Class XXXIV Nominations are closed.

Leadership Alabama is open to all who meet the qualifications adopted by the Board of Directors, regardless of age, sex, race, religion, or national origin.  Participants are selected largely on the basis of demonstrated leadership ability.

As of January 16, 2024.