Leadership Academy Program Curriculum

The Leadership Academy training occurs in multiple delivery methods including live events, online coursework and webinar series.


ICBA Education recognizes that today’s modern learners require their training experience to be multidimensional. Accordingly, the Leadership Academy training occurs in multiple delivery methods including live events, online coursework, and webinar series.

Leadership Academy participants are required to complete the following requirements in a 36-month period:

  • Attend and participate in the following live events:
    • One ICBA Capital Summit; and
    • Two LEAD FWD Summits
  • Complete a series of self-paced online coursework focused on technical banking skills, advocacy, personal development, and leadership development.

Live Events

ICBA Capital Summit

It is critical for community bank leaders to understand the importance of using their voices to make meaningful change in Washington. That’s why we incorporated the ICBA Capital Summit into the curriculum for the Leadership Academy.

The Washington Policy Summit gives leaders dedicated time to engage with members of the regulatory agencies and your Congressional representatives. Participants have several opportunities to network with fellow community bank leaders and gain access to a network of voices in which to influence change for your community bank and the industry.

During the Capital Summit, community bankers from around the nation will meet with their members of Congress and federal financial regulators to discuss key issues, hear firsthand from financial and policy leaders, and influence the policymaking process. The Washington Policy Summit is the perfect add to the dynamic Leadership Academy curriculum.

The Capital Summit is hosted by ICBA each April in Washington D.C. The registration fee to the Capital Summit is complimentary at this time. Each banker is responsible for his or her travel, accommodations and personal expenses to Washington D.C.

Participants must attend one ICBA Capital Summit within 36-months from enrolling in the Leadership Academy. For more information click the Enroll button below.

To learn more about the ICBA Capital summit, click here.



The flagship event of the Leadership Academy is the LEAD FWD Summit. This event is focused on moving the community banking industry forward. The LEAD FWD Summit brings together the country’s brightest minds to learn, network, and push the traditional boundaries of the industry forward.

The Summit focuses on moving the community banking industry forward with fast-paced workshops, new collaboration challenges, dynamic whiteboarding sessions with experts, bold keynote speakers, and more! We break down the customary barriers of an exhibit hall and offer participants opportunities to collaborate with modern solutions.  

Be prepared to:

  • Learn new strategies for high performance and maximizing bank ROI,
  • Magnify your leadership talents,
  • Network with colleagues from across the U.S.,
  • Collaborate with community bankers and industry experts,
  • Find inspiration, and
  • Be challenged to THINK BIGGER!

Participants must attend two ICBA LEAD FWD Summit’s within 36-months from enrolling in the Leadership Academy. For more information click the Enroll button below.

To learn more about the LEAD FWD Summit, click here.

Online Courses

Online TrainingThis self-paced online curriculum is designed specifically to provide technical and personal development tools and skills needed to advance your career as a leader. The curriculum will allow you to effectively implement strategies for your bank’s growth success. Learn and expand your skills and knowledge in six key areas:

  • Communication
  • Bank Compliance
  • Customer Service
  • Human Relationships & Team Building
  • Management & Leadership
  • Financial Operations for Community Banks

Today’s best community bank leaders are well-rounded in their knowledge and expertise. This targeted self-guided training will take you through the core elements of leadership and will prepare you to assume greater responsibility.

You’ll emerge with a better understanding of the critical components of effective leadership and be able to lead with confidence. Learn skills to leverage your strengths as a leader and implement best outcomes at your institution.

Participants have 36 months from the time of enrolling in the Leadership Academy to complete the online coursework.

Learners complete these courses at their own pace whenever and wherever they wish.  Here is the list of the 24 required online courses (old curriculum):

  • Individual Leadership Power
  • Individual Listening Skills
  • Introduction to Emotional Intelligence
  • Communicating Persuasively
  • Coping with Change
  • Managing Change
  • Team Problem Solving
  • Conflict Management
  • Multi-Generational Workforce
  • Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Creating Valuable Customer Relationships
  • How to Build a Profitable Customer Base
  • Business Writing: Reports and Proposals
  • Interpreting Financial Statements
  • Introduction to Deposit Compliance
  • Introduction to Lending Compliance
  • Understanding UDAAP
  • Bank Secrey Act - Senior Management and Directors
  • Business Continuity Management for Banks
  • Cyber & Information Security Overview for Sr. Management & Directors
  • Security: Laws, Rules and Regulations
  • Common Frauds and Scams
  • Ethics for Bankers