Interpretive Leadership Institute

The Interpretive Leadership Institute is designed for emerging leaders in interpretation wishing to increase and practice leadership skills in a supportive and growth environment. During this course you will work within a cohort to discuss assigned readings, engage in reflective writing, and create a personal leadership mission statement and development plan.

Each participant will be able to schedule two, one-on-one mentoring sessions with the instructor during or up to six months after the course.

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Course Content

This 24-hour course covers:

  • What is heritage leadership
  • Current leadership theory and concepts
  • Differences between leadership, supervision, and management
  • The relationships between meaning making, vision, and strategy and their application to leading in real-world settings


After completing this course, you will have a basic knowledge of:

  • Heritage leadership
  • Current research in leadership
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Your personal leadership strengths and motivations
  • Supervisory and management skills for working through crises, working with different personalities, delegation, prioritization, and time management

Registration Rates

$675 Regular Registration (includes a complimentary one-year NAI membership)
$600 with NAI Member Discount

About the Instructor

Dr. Tom Moffatt Ed.D. is a career interpreter and a lifetime member of NAI. Over the span of Tom’s 30+ year career he has worked at a variety of interpretive sites as a front-line interpreter, intern coordinator, nature center manager, environmental arts park manager, and director of outdoor education for a regional park agency. Tom’s interest in improving leadership development for heritage interpreters led him to pursue a Master’s degree in Leadership and Learning, and a Doctorate in Heritage Leadership. He now works as a leadership development consultant with an emphasis on interpretation and social justice fields.

What people are saying about this course:

"My confidence increased significantly! I also really love the leadership plan, having that as a resource and tangible thing to use and grow will help as a leader."

"I really liked the online class format. Had this been a self-guided training I would not have walked away with the knowledge and experiences I have now."

"It is nice to have a cohort to go through this with - knowing that you are not alone in a leadership position and that others are experiencing many of the same things is extremely valuable."

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