The overarching goal of the Blind Leaders Development Program is to increase successful employment outcomes, upward mobility, and leadership attainment of blind and visually impaired individuals.

This is a long-term goal and will be difficult to measure and even attribute to the program. However, it is our belief that with the right experiences and opportunities, emerging blind leaders can assume higher levels of leadership and authority. As these individuals increase their influence, they will in turn provide opportunities for future leaders with vision loss to learn, grow, and excel.

Because the Blind Leaders Development Program Class of 2021 is the first group going through the program, we can only report on our goals at this time. Below, is a list of how we will measure the program impact and our expected outcomes over the next five years. Actual results achieved will be updated here annually.

To learn more about The Leadership Challenge and Leadership Practices Inventory, check out Why the Leadership Challenge.

Short-Term Program Outcomes

Knowledge, attitude, or skills to be achieved by the end of the program:

  • Participants have increased knowledge of the qualities of an effective leader
  • Participants recognize behaviors that relate to leadership and can identify those behaviors in themselves
  • 90% of program participants demonstrate the four practices in the post-program Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), which have been shown to be the most important indicators of effective leadership:
    • Treating others with dignity and respect
    • Following through on promises and commitments
    • Seeking out challenging opportunities, and
    • Setting a personal example of what they expect of others
  • 90% of participants received Increased LPI observer scores from mentors indicating positive progress in developing leadership skills
  • 90% of program participants report achieving at least one of their Individualized program goals
  • Mentors have an increased knowledge of mentoring best practices
  • Mentors have an increased knowledge of how to help others develop the behaviors of effective leadership
  • 90% of Mentors report that they would recommend emerging leaders in the program to their senior leadership, colleagues, and networks
  • 90% of Mentors report that they would recommend mentoring in this program to their friends, colleagues, and/or networks

Mid-Term Program Outcomes

Behavior or action to be achieved within 3-5 years:

  • 60% of participants experience upward mobility as measured by promotions, increased job responsibilities, or changing jobs with an elevated level of responsibilities
  • 50% of participants take on leadership roles in their community, such as sitting on the board of directors of an organization (outside of the workplace)
  • 90% of participants report more self-advocacy and self-promotion in the workplace in pursuit of advancement (At least) 50% of mentors recommend emerging leaders in the program or other BVI individuals to their senior leadership, colleagues, and networks
  • 70% of mentors recommend at least one person who is blind or visually impaired to apply to participate in AFB's Blind Leaders Development Program
  • 70% of mentors recommend at least one person who is blind or visually impaired to apply to mentor in AFB's Blind Leaders Development Program
  • 70% of mentors report engaging in advocacy for themselves, others, and for inclusion in the workplace and community

Long-Term Program Outcomes

Quality of life to be achieved in five or more years:

  • Increased number of blind or visually impaired people in positions of leadership and authority
  • Increased employment and career advancement opportunities for the blind and visually impaired community