The mission of Leadership Tyler is to equip leaders to enrich our community.


The Leadership Tyler curriculum is intended to educate class members about the vital issues that affect our community as well as providing the leadership and stewardship tools necessary to address those issues and motivate others. Our curriculum focuses on the three pillars of leadership including: a wide knowledge base; leadership skills; and community trusteeship. This model guides our program and motivates participants to become faithful community leaders.


Leadership Tyler is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing unique opportunities for people at different leadership stages of their life to become well-informed and serving community leaders. Leadership Tyler reflects the people, the issues, and the special characteristics of Tyler, Texas.


Leadership Tyler’s first core class in 1986

Leadership Tyler was established in 1986 for the purpose of identifying, motivating, and developing future leadership in Tyler. During the development of Leadership Tyler, one of the founding members stated “we want this first class of Leadership Tyler to develop an esprit de corps that will transcend race, political, and occupational affiliation. We want these participants to develop a bond with one common goal: How can we improve the quality of life in Tyler?” Improving Tyler is exactly what Leadership Tyler Alumni have done since the first class graduated in 1987. Leadership Tyler Alumni are leaders who are well-informed, committed, and passionately engaged in creating a vital, positive community for current and future generations.


In 2002, the Leadership Tyler Board of Directors was challenged to address the ever changing needs of our community. As our community has grown and evolved, so too has the Leadership Tyler curriculum. After taking a year to work with community focus groups and LT Alumni, the Board of Directors has proposed an enhanced Leadership Tyler program that it is designed around a model that incorporates key objectives for developing community leaders. Throughout the course of the program, participant learning will be centered on a Leadership Development Model that stands on three pillars of strength: knowledge; skills; and trusteeship.


Leadership Tyler graduates through the years