Recognizing that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other, and that all people and organizations learn differently, we offer a wide variety of leadership, communication, and personal development programs with several different delivery formats to fit any need or budget.  In addition we are happy to develop a custom program to meet your specific, specialized needs.

A list of programs is below, with detailed descriptions available at the bottom of this page (please note not all programs are available in all delivery formats):

  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
  • Leadership Gold
  • Put Your Dream to the Test
  • How to be a REAL Success
  • Becoming a Person of Influence
  • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
  • Today Matters
  • Good Leaders Ask Great Questions
  • Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn
  • Developing the Leaders Around You
  • Discover Your Sweet Spot
  • Leadership Transition
  • Leadership Off the Wall
  • Leaders Ought to Know, 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership (Under Development)
  • Leader Under Construction
  • Leadership in Public Service – Overcoming Government’s Institutionalization of Mediocrity

Not sure what the right approach is for you or your organization? Choose the delivery method that best fits your needs:

Mastermind Groups

Napoleon Hill said “You CANNOT achieve your major definite purpose in life without using the power of the Mastermind.” There is synergy of energy, commitment and excitement that participants bring to a mastermind group. Our facilitated groups offer a combination of masterminding, peer brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a group setting specifically designed to sharpen your business and personal skills. By bringing fresh ideas and a different perspective, our mastermind groups can help you achieve success.

Using a virtual or in person classroom setting we facilitate specific mastermind sessions that are 60 – 90 minutes in length once a week, with program lengths varying from 6 – 12 weeks in most cases, depending on the program. These sessions are meant to communicate, educate, and challenge the participants to grow.

Key Benefits of participating in a mastermind group include:

  • Increase your own experience and confidence
  • Sharpen your business and personal skills
  • Create real progress in your business and your life
  • Add an instant and valuable support network
  • Get honest feedback, advice and brainstorming
  • Borrow on the experience and skills of the other members
  • Receive critical insights into yourself
  • Optimistic peer support in maintaining a positive mental attitude

As we move through each session as a group, we will bring together our ideas and opinions that will help shape and mold our understanding of the material in a way that is far superior to simply reading a book on your own. We will be combining all of our minds, becoming a mastermind.

Workshops and Seminars

Workshops and seminars delivered by Ascension Leadership Group, LLC are an effective way to provide specific learning opportunities to a large group.  We work with you to come into your organization and provide an informative, interactive experience to cultivate relationships and equip your team with the proper attitudes to develop the desired results.

Your team will work through exercises that bring cohesiveness to the group, ultimately increasing productivity due to the positive influences each member will have on the group as a whole.  In addition, at your request, we will incorporate your organization’s meeting theme, mission/vision statements, core values or build upon your existing training program to best fit the needs of your group.

We recognize that each organization has unique goals and objectives as well as specific time constraints to allow for group learning opportunities.  To best meet your needs we offer multiple options for workshops including, but not limited to, conference breakout sessions, ½ day and full day programs.


If you are interested in bringing one of our programs to your organization, but can’t set aside a larger block of time to do a workshop, we offer many programs through a Lunch & Learn opportunity, or as we like to call them, an L3 (for Leadership Lunch-n-Learn). During these 45 to 60 minute sessions we provide the same high quality programs, but broken down into smaller pieces.

Not sure where to start – we offer a free introductory L3 on The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, coupled with a free consultation on your leadership development needs. This gives us a chance to discuss the various programs available to determine which will add the most value to your organization.

Request a Program Consultation

If you are interested in more information about bringing any of our programs into your organization, or personally participating in an upcoming ALG sponsored program or Mastermind Group, please contact us.

Program Descriptions

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell delivers a powerful, definitive statement of the foundational laws that shape leadership. Each principle has stood the test of time, holding true from generation to generation. These learnable laws are the starting point of leadership. Follow them, and you’ll gain influence. Violate them, and you’ll impair your ability to lead. As you read about the laws, you’ll recognize that you already practice some of them effectively. Other laws will expose weaknesses you weren’t aware you had. Whatever your current level of influence, increasing the number of laws you learn and apply in your life will make you a better leader.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

Growth is essential to your satisfaction and your success, but it doesn’t just happen. It requires intentionality and a desire to expand beyond your current capacity.  John Maxwell’s book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, clarifies how you can do just that.  Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow?  John says the answer is yes.  He has been passionate about personal development for over fifty years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential.

Put Your Dream to the Test

In Put Your Dream to the Test, John C. Maxwell helps you transform your dream from a vague notion of an ideal future into a clear picture of where you’re headed in life. The book serves as a tool to diagnose your odds of achieving your dream. Each chapter presents a single, incisive question prompting you to refine your dream and solidify your plan for achieving it.

Discover Your Sweet Spot

In Discover Your Sweet Spot, Scott Fay describes how each one of us can discover and live in The Sweet Spot. The Sweet Spot… In sports, it’s the place on the bat or tennis racket that is the most effective place to hit the ball for placement, distance, and accuracy. In our lives, the Sweet Spot is that place of living where three very significant areas of our existence converge – what we do, who we are, and what we plan. Many people find themselves wandering in confusion, bouncing from one thing to the other or worse, staying in one place without true joy; never discovering the significance to their own lives. This book reveals 7 proven steps to living in that place where our purpose, passion and plan becomes the most effective.

Leadership Gold

In Leadership Gold, John C. Maxwell condenses a lifelong journey of studying and practicing leadership into 26 simple lessons. The underlying message within each chapter is simple: leadership matters. Growing as a leader maximizes your talents, leverages your relationships, and magnifies your successes.  In this essential book, John introduces you to the biggest, most important principles he’s uncovered about influence. Leadership Gold wastes no time wading through peripheral issues. Instead, the book cuts to the heart of what it takes to attain influence and to lead with excellence.

Becoming a Person of Influence

Becoming a Person of Influence is a foundational text for anyone who aspires to grow as a leader. Written in tandem by Dr. John C. Maxwell and Jim Dornan, the book spells out ten fundamental qualities that define influencers. The authors carefully point out that a person’s influence does not develop overnight, but rather through a progression of four stages: modeling, motivating, mentoring, and multiplying. Influence can be acquired, but it only grows in increments. The good news is that no matter where you stand on the stairway of influence, there are learnable qualities to help you climb to the next step.

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, John C. Maxwell shows leaders how to get the message across by building a bridge to others. He points out that cultivating relationships is every bit as important to effective communication as crafting the message. The insightful principles he shares are critical to understand if you desire to forge a lasting bond with those around you. Whether applied in private conversations or public speeches, John’s connecting practices will give you the edge as a leader.

Developing the Leaders Around You

In Developing the Leaders Around You, John C. Maxwell answers the questions “Why do some people achieve great personal success, but never succeed in building a business of making an impact in their organization?” It isn’t enough for a leader to have vision, energy, drive and conviction. A leader’s success is driven by those closest to them; therefore, to see your dream come true, you must learn how to develop the leaders around you. No matter the size or type of organization you lead, Developing the Leaders Around You can help you to take others to the limits of their potential and your organization to a whole new level.

Today Matters

In Today Matters, John C. Maxwell provides 12 daily practices to help you make the most of every day. John challenges you to stop spending too much time remembering the “good ol’ days” or day dreaming of what could be, and focus on making today the most important day you have. Only by making today the best it can be, can you build for a better tomorrow.  In this program you will learn to: Assess your current progress; Prioritize your agenda; Stretch your creativity and thinking; Stay the course; Improve and build relationships; and much more!

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions

For 40 years John Maxwell has asked questions on the subject of leadership. What he has discovered is that the more questions he asks, the more valuable he finds them to become. In Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, Maxwell shows how questions can change your life, teaching you why questions are so important and what questions you should ask yourself, and what questions you should be asking your team. No matter if you are an experienced leader or just starting out, this program will change the way you look at questions and improve your leadership.

Sometimes You Win – Sometimes You Learn

John Maxwell believes that the greatest lessons we learn in life are from our losses. Everyone experiences loss, but not everyone learns from it. In Sometimes You Win – Sometimes You Learn, Dr. Maxwell explores the most common lessons we learn when we experience loss. He then explains how to turn a set-back into a step forward by examining the eleven elements that make up the DNA of Those Who Learn.  Learning is not easy during down times; it takes discipline to do the right thing when everything is wrong. This book provides a roadmap to doing just that. As John Maxwell often points out – experience isn’t the best teacher; evaluated experience is.

How to be a Real Success

Success is: knowing your purpose in life; growing to your maximum potential; sowing the seeds that benefit others. It is a rather simple recipe yet requires awareness, study, practice and mentoring to achieve. There are Four Elements to Success:  Relationships, Equipping, Attitude, and Leadership.

Relationships 101

In Relationships 101, John C. Maxwell reveals the secrets behind connecting with other people.  He points out the barriers to relationships, emphasizes the shared needs among people, and describes the ways to connect with others on many different levels.  Maxwell shows how relationships impact leadership, and how relationships help us reach our fullest potential.

Equipping 101

In Equipping 101, John C. Maxwell coaches you to identify and train potential influencers and to launch them into leadership. His insights will help you instill up-and-coming team members with the intangible leadership qualities they need to excel. In this book, you’ll learn to effectively delegate responsibility and lend authority to potential leaders. You’ll also discover best practices for monitoring their progress, supplying them with encouragement, and building their confidence as they mature as leaders.

Attitude 101

In Attitude 101, John C. Maxwell explores an intangible asset that makes all the difference in the life of a leader. He investigates how attitudes form, why they matter, and how they shape a leader’s future. From his insights, you will learn how to pinpoint problem thinking in yourself and others and how to promote a positive outlook on your team. As you read, you’ll also gain a healthier perspective on adversity and failure, and you’ll be challenged to reassess your definition of success.

Leadership 101

During a lifetime, even the shiest introvert influences ten thousand people. Your life is guaranteed to make a difference—the question is what kind of difference you will make? In Leadership 101, John C. Maxwell prepares you to make the most of the opportunities you have to impact others. Sharing wisdom learned from decades of studying and practicing leadership, he presents the bottom line of what it takes to lift up your leadership quotient.

Leadership in Public Service – Overcoming Government’s Institutionalization of Mediocrity

Specifically developed for public agencies and large bureaucracies by Ascension Leadership Group, LLC, this program focuses on the issues that are inherently present in policy driven organizations that tend to limit leadership – if allowed to do so.  In this program learn what the most common issues are and why they occur, why leaders allow these issues to interfere, and strategies to overcome them and realize improved leadership development and more engaged employees.

Leader Under Construction

Developed by Ascension Leadership Group, LLC, this program looks at self-leadership from the perspective of a construction project. When you look at the fantastic things that have been built around the world, things like buildings, bridges, tunnels and so on, we see a finished product that seems as if it has always been there for us to enjoy.  The reality is there was a long and intentional process with specific things you must do, and a specific order in which you must do them, if you want that item to be structurally sound, functional, and stand the test of time. The same is true of your leadership journey, which passes through five phases: Pre-construction, where you plan and design your development; Foundation, where you create a solid base to build on; Forming & Framing, where you develop your leadership skills and abilities; Finishing, where you include the special elements that make you shine; and Post-construction, where you maintain yourself in top working order.

Leaders Ought to Know – 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership (Under Development)

Too many organizations think that if they promote talented employees from within they will become competent leaders by osmosis. In Leaders Ought to Know, 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, Phillip Van Hooser teaches all leaders 11 common sense universal ground rules that leaders ought to know if they intend to lead with purpose, confidence and effectiveness. This comprehensive leadership development guide explains proven leadership concepts that help you to do more of the right things while avoiding many common leadership mistakes that trip up so many.

Leadership off the Wall

Leadership off the Wall is a lesson developed by John C. Maxwell based on the book of the same name by Paul Thornton. John puts an interesting twist on the topic of personal growth and development, focusing on what you can find on the wall of another leader’s office.  The concept is, if you go into a leader’s office and you just look at what’s on the wall, you can receive leadership lessons from a leader’s office because they will have pictures, books, thoughts, ideas that will catch your imagination. You’ll say “this is what is important to them, this is how they think, this is a value they have in their life”. Learn leadership lessons from the walls of a number of great leaders, including Ronald Reagan, Rudy Giuliani, and Michael Dell.

Leadership Transition

Leadership Transition is a lesson developed by John C. Maxwell to teach how to transition personnel into, out of and within an organization successfully.  In this lesson learn how you pass the baton on to someone else, how you allow somebody else to follow you and perhaps be even more successful than you were. Learn the skills necessary to transition wherever you are to another person and say, “I’m not leaving the organization” – to take whatever you are doing right now and hand it off successfully to someone else where they can have success that you have had.


Helping Youth help themselves and others!  There are four different youth lessons:

1. Stand Up and Be Counted – Learn positive attitudes and actions that will help stop bullying and lift others up. This lesson teaches youth how to deal with bullying in a positive, affirming way:

Stand Up – Be confident in your own value.

Lift Up – Use your influence to help others.

Pick Up – Help others who are being bullied by picking them up.

2. Developing a Positive Self-Image – Understand and apply key ways to develop and maintain a positive self-image. Developing a Positive Self-Image teaches youth that we all are unique and have high value to others. With this in mind we can build personal confidence and develop daily habits that will help youth maintain a positive self-image.

3. Developing Strong Personal Character Learn what it takes to develop strong and effective personal character. According to John Maxwell, character is the number one differentiator between shooting stars and people who obtain and maintain life-long success. His lesson Developing Personal Character teaches youth how to choose positive character based daily decisions that will help bring their actions and values in line and help them learn to achieve lasting personal success.

4. Learning to Fail Forward to Success Learn powerful, proven ways to look at failure in a new way and use life’s failures to build success. John Maxwell’s lesson, Learning to Fail Forward to Success, teaches that failure is the foundation for all success. This lesson helps youth understand how to learn from failure, change, and grow toward success.