Rotary Leadership Institute

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a series of fast-paced, interactive, one-day courses offered to refine a Rotarian's leadership skills and increase their base of knowledge in Rotary. It is geared to Rotarians who want to be more knowledgeable and effective leaders in their Clubs.
RLI believes that excellent CLUB leadership (all types of club leaders) is essential to the future of Rotary in a complex and fast changing world. Most Rotarians have not been exposed to the great scope of Rotary around the world and have not considered what leadership skills are necessary to move Rotary forward.

RLI strongly believes that a good Rotary Club leader must know the evolution of Rotary, its current status and activities in the world and have a vision for what Rotary can be in the future. Therefore, RLI provides a series of one day courses in both Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, especially for voluntary organisations. In addition to the specific leadership skills sessions, all the RLI sessions have a leadership component.

The overriding goal of the courses for Rotarians is to create ENTHUSIASM for Rotary by opening up to them the world of Rotary outside of their own clubs and also showing them the great potential of Rotary service for the benefit of the world that can be furthered with excellent leadership in our clubs.
Mission of the RLI
To provide educational opportunities for Rotarians - identified as potential leaders by their clubs - through a programme that fosters Rotary knowledge and leadership skills, thus motivating participants to be more enthusiastic and dedicated Rotarians.

Why have RLI?
  • Run in a series of one day courses by trained Facilitators.
  • To retain those vibrant members who leave Rotary because they do not really know about it or have not been involved enough.
  • To provide a solid grounding for Rotarians to move forward to take office at Club and District level.
How does it work?
  • Run in a series of one day courses by trained Facilitators.
  • Rotary knowledge / personal leadership development mix.
  • Sessions: fast-paced, interactive, fun and stimulating.
  • Builds on skills gained from the previous session.
  • Participants nominated / sponsored by their clubs.
Who should attend?
  • Rotarians who want to be involved in the Club and beyond the Club.
  • Rotarians who have displayed clear leadership abilities at an early stage of membership.
  • Rotarians who want to know more about Rotary.
Message from RI:
At the International Assembly, Rotary Foundation Chair-elect Ray Klinginsmith laid out four priorities to those Governors-elect taking office in July 2015.

The four priorities are:

1. Ending polio – now and forever;
2. Strengthening Rotary members' knowledge, engagement, and financial support to the Foundation;
3. Increasing the quality and impact of humanitarian services through Rotary grants and the areas of focus; and
4. Enhancing the image and awareness of the Foundation's record of achievements, particularly the success of PolioPlus and its 100-year record of doing good in the world.

To learn and achieve the above, Rotary Club Members are advised to attend the Rotary Leadership Institute Course run by District.
The Handbook for Prospective Divisions, available on this from the menu on the left, is a good source of information for all those considering RLI membership.
Malcolm Kerr PDG
(M) 0439 617 477