About Alaska Leadership Adventures


The Alaska Leadership Adventure is not just a breath-taking outdoor adventure trip, but an excellent opportunity to grow as a leadership team, diving deep into leadership philosophy, energy, temperament and team communication skills.Through training in the classroom and in the Alaska backcountry, participants learn practical leadership skills that will benefit their organizations immediately.

We start with a comprehensive assessment of your leadership style and the activities that drive you to succeed – this, before you even arrive. The result is a personal leadership profile that identifies the qualities and activities that energize you as a leader.

We spend the first day in the classroom. You’ll discover:

  • Why some leadership activities energize you while others drain you
  • Your preferred work style, your expectations of yourself and others, and your instinctive needs
  • What causes you to feel stressed or behave irrationally, and why
  • The temperaments of the others in your group
  • Why misunderstandings and miscommunication occur
  • How to communicate and give feedback in a way that’s understood and effective
  • The power of defining and using your own personal leadership philosophy as a leadership tool
  • Finally, we’ll spend some time preparing for the adventure of the next two days.

On days two and three, we’ll hit the trail for an overnight backpacking adventure in the breathtaking Chugach Mountains. (The hike we choose will be based on the weather forecast and physical fitness level of your team.) Along the way, we’ll continue our discussion of leadership temperament, leadership philosophy, and communication. We’ll see how various temperament types play out during our group adventure. We’ll see how various temperament types:

  • Deal with stress
  • Handle new responsibilities
  • Nurture other groups members
  • Collaborate to overcome challenges

On day four, we’ll return to the classroom for a half-day debrief, wrap up and graduation, and finish by noon.

You’ll return to your organization with new insights and an action plan for putting what you’ve learned into practice immediately. Your facilitator will provide follow-up coaching for 90 days, providing added accountability and practical training to implement your performance plans and see real results for your organizations.

Contact Jay at (907)244-3369 to set up a private Leadership Adventure for your team (minimum of 5 team members), mid-May through September. Or register here as an individual for one of our scheduled open-enrollment courses.

Full Price: $3,450 / person

Non-Profit Price: $2,585 / person

Price includes:

  • Goal-focused, outcome-driven workshop
  • 90 days of follow-up performance coaching
  • Energize2Lead online profile assessment
  • Workbook including self-evaluation, application and action exercises
  • Continental breakfast and full lunch on day one. (Anchorage has plenty of great dinner options.)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 2 on the trail
  • Breakfast and lunch on day three (on the trail)
  • Continental breakfast on day four
  • Use of all backpacking gear (tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, backpack, trekking poles, bear spray, water bladder, snacks, etc.) except for clothing*
  • Transportation to and from the trail
  • The Leader’s Compass, 3rd Edition by Ed Rugerro and Dennis F. Haley

Caution: Our overnight hikes require carrying a backpack weighing up to 30 pounds. Participants are responsible for being in reasonably good physical condition when they arrive. (Shorter, easier trips are available if not everyone in the group is in shape for the longer hikes.) It is also critical to have well-broken-in hiking boots, as blisters can make the trek unpleasant. The trek will go rain or shine, so proper clothing is very important. We provide a recommended list of items you are responsible to bring on the backpacking trip. None of our options are technically difficult requiring mountaineering skills.


Participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging in Anchorage on the evenings of day one and day three. You may also need to reserve lodging for evenings before and after the course, depending on when you  will arrive and depart. Academy Leadership can provide a list of hotels near the classroom site. Recommend making hotel reservations as early as possible, as hotels in Anchorage tend to fill up in summer months.

Contact Jay at (907)244-3369 to arrange your Alaska Leadership Adventure for your team of five or more. Or register here as an individual for one of our scheduled open-enrollment courses.



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