ATHENA Leadership Model


“What is honored in a culture will be cultivated there”. With that Plato quote as a guiding principle, Martha Mayhood Mertz founded ATHENA International in 1982 to honor women leaders and bring balance to leadership voices worldwide  Almost a decade later, convinced that the women who had been honored with the ATHENA Leadership Award reflected attributes that were a different kind of leadership, Martha worked with Dr. Carole Leland of the Center for Creative Leadership and other leadership experts to survey 400 recipients. In 1998, that research funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation defined the ATHENA Leadership Model, with eight principles that expanded the traditional definition of leadership. Martha’s 2007 book Becoming ATHENA brought the model to a larger audience.


In today's extraordinary times of pandemic, recession, and a global movement to address racial and economic justice, the ATHENA Leadership Model (ALM) offers the skills and attributes for building the successful leaders we need now and for the future. 

 

All our programs are based on the ATHENA Leadership Model (ALM) featuring the Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership and the unique way women lead. 




LIVE AUTHENTICALLY and LEARN CONSTANTLY

ATHENA leaders continually seek to understand and develop themselves.

 

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS and FOSTER COLLABORATION

ATHENA leaders embrace and encourage others.

 

ACT COURAGEOUSLY and ADVOCATE FIERCELY

ATHENA leaders live out their convictions.

 

GIVE BACK and CELEBRATE

ATHENA leaders contribute to their communities and memorialize shared experiences.

 




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