Great organizations and individuals know that the key to success is effectiveness -- working, managing, or leading others, so that the habits of effectiveness form a pathway to extraordinary results.  



The Mission of the SNVC Institute is to develop citizen leaders everywhere. In this pursuit, the Institute has become an internationally recognized model for citizen leadership for the young through the young at heart.
It is a model where communication, team work and trust come together to unleash greatness.


Our leadership courses, based on Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, teach you how to tap into effectiveness at all levels.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Habit 1:  Be Proactive

Habit 2:  Begin With The End in Mind

Habit 3:  Put First Things First

Habit 4:  Think Win-Win

Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood

Habit 6:  Synergize

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw

 Increase Your Personal Effectiveness:

  • Take initiative.
  • Balance key priorities.
  • Leverage creative collaboration.

Become an Effective Manager:

  • Take Initiative
  • Balance Key Priorities
  • Give Constructive Feedback

Emerge as an Effective Leader:

  • Link your work to a clear and compelling team purpose.
  • Implement a system for executing on critical priorities.
  • Leverage the talents of peers and co-workers to achieve unprecedented results.

Organizations that have implemented The 7 Habits experience positive changes in corporate culture, improved customer satisfaction, and enhanced collaboration and problem-solving.  All of which lead to increased productivity and profits.  And people who've taken our courses agree, citing benefits such as better prioritization of work, improved communication skills - especially listening, and a renewed appreciation for the power of diversity.  As one participant says, "Simply put; you need to attend."

Continuing Education Credits are available upon completion.

Want to bring a class to your location?  On-site training available.

Institute Sponsor

A Longwood alumnus, Thomas I. DeWitt, made a generous contribution to the Longwood University Foundation in 2010 empowering the initial launch of the Institute. To recognize this contribution the Institute was named for the organization that Mr. DeWitt has led as CEO. 

SNVC, LC is a veteran-owned company founded in 1998.  It provides its clients, including the Department of the Army, with technical expertise ranging from program management support to technical and engineering services. 

Mr. DeWitt credits his Longwood education with the skills and confidence to establish and ground his firm in three corporate values -- Leadership, Integrity, and Commitment. 

It is with partners like Mr. DeWitt that Longwood University and the SNVC Institute for Leadership and Innovation is a testament to staying committed to developing Citizen Leaders who will operate with integrity, leading society toward a brighter future.