In today’s challenging business environment, leaders are looking for creative solutions and new ways to succeed. Dr. Townsend has designed the Townsend Leadership Program (TLP) as a highly effective way to help business professionals and other leaders to achieve the outcomes they desire in leadership, as well as to overcome and eliminate obstacles which may be preventing them from realizing their full potential. TLP director, Bobbi Blain, launched her first TLP program in 2015 and currently runs multiple groups in Billings, Montana. She is now interviewing for 2018.

Dr. Townsend has written or co-written 28 books, selling over 6 million copies-including his most recent business book, Leadership Beyond Reason: How Great Leaders Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Their Values, Feelings and Intuition.  Dr. Townsend is also the co-host of the nationally-syndicated radio talk show “New Life Live,” which reaches 3 million listeners daily.

Personally trained by Dr. Townsend, TLP Director Bobbi Blain has applied the Townsend model in professional and personal settings for over seven years. Bobbi currently directs a Townsend Leadership Program in Billings and is an adjunct professor teaching the Townsend model at the Townsend Institute for Counseling and Leadership at Concordia University in Irvine, California.

The Benefits:

As a member of The Leadership Coaching Program, you will experience significant performance results in all aspects of life, including your professional goals, your relationships, and your personal life.

The program demonstrates the principle that your professional and personal life can develop together and utilizes Biblical principles to reach positive outcomes. The unique aspect of the TLP lies within its holistic approach to accelerating business and leadership performance to reach the results you desire.

The TLP operates from the platform that today’s leaders should lead not only from their business skill sets, but from their relational skill sets because a leader’s character, integrity, and values prove just as important as their professional competencies. The TLP is designed to dramatically impact a leader’s ability to know themselves and in turn, to know others.

Meeting once a month for a full day, TLP Members engage in didactic training, process groups, a marriage retreat, coaching sessions, pertinent readings, work group presentations, stretch goals, and practical homework with partners. Limited to 10 spots, teams are carefully determined through an interview process and personally assembled by Bobbi.

Teams are now forming for 2018. To apply for membership, or obtain additional information, email Bobbi Blain

Program Details

Stretch Goals: 

Once the team is formed, each member meets with the program leader to design their three stretch goals.  Members formulate what character abilities and leadership skills they want to most develop, where they want to see themselves in the future- professionally and or personally, and what challenges they want to conquer.  These big-picture goals are shared among the team at the kickoff dinner the night before the first meeting.  They provide a structure for this leadership experience.  Each member’s spouse (or significant relationship if the leader is single) is also invited to this kickoff dinner since his or her involvement is key to this program.

Monthly All Day Sessions

7:30 am – 5 pm followed by an optional social hour from 5-6 pm, in which spouses and/or colleagues are invited.

Check In and Review of Month

Each day starts off with a Sign-In referred to as the “Dashboard” where members are asked to track progress on their goals and connections with the team throughout the month.  In a roundtable fashion, members take a turn to share how their month went – high’s and low’s in business and or personal lives, update on how they did and what was learned by engaging in their homework, reading the assignment and stretch goals.

Didactic Training

John via video and Bobbi then delivers 1-hour leadership training on a critical aspect of leadership and one’s personal life, strengths, and challenges.  All didactics are designed by Dr. John Townsend and address time-tested cutting-edge concepts and skills where team members take notes, ask questions and interact with the material.  Recordings are provided for members and stored on a shared DropBox so the material can be reviewed again later.  Here are some representative topics:

  • Character and Leadership
  • Drivers and Performance
  • Creating a High-Performance Team Culture
  • Relationships and Isolation in the Leader
  • How to Confront Well as a Leader
  • Dealing with Negative Realities Effectively
  • Understanding Creativity and Passion in the Leader
  • The ROI of Forgiveness
  • The Growth Process and the Leader
  • Skills for Accelerating Performance During Difficult Times
  • Developing and Maintaining Healthy Structure as a Leader
  • Optimizing Strengths and Capacities
  • A Team Leader who Gets Cohesion and Results

Process Group

Leaders tend to live in a somewhat isolated world, or one surrounded by others who are dependent on them for vision, clarity, and support.  Many leaders have no context in which they interact personally with other high-capacity individuals who understand their experiences, and who can help them navigate life and business.  Process Group is a supportive, safe and confidential group setting in which leaders are able to unpack themselves, their work and personal challenges, and get input, clarity, and solutions from Bobbi personally, as well as from the group.  There are two 90 minute Process Groups during the day, one in the morning after the didactic, and one in the afternoon after work group.


Bobbi will assign a reading each month that pertains to leadership issues.  These readings will be integrated into the didactics.

Work Group

This is a session in which team members will present a key issue they are facing in their business or personal life.  It is a technical part of the day.  Members can present in the form of a PowerPoint, a handout, a flip chart, or any number of modalities.  The member will go over targeted strengths, weaknesses, obstacles and threats.  Once the presentation has been made, the team provides clarifying questions and recommendations for increased levels of professional or personal functioning and problem-solving.  This is a high-value time, because of the varied experience bases and perspectives of the team members.  Each member will have two opportunities to present during the year.  There are two 45 minute Work Groups each month that take place right after lunch.


This is a key aspect of the program that takes place during the last 45 minutes of the day.  Business leaders are busy people, and there is a tendency to leave a setting, and let life and its demands take over.  This reduces the effectiveness of any training experience.  To counter this tendency, each team member will craft a homework assignment tailored to his or her situation.  The accountability of the homework helps break up the inertia of the month and provides actionable items that continue the growth and development process.

Homework is determined in two ways:  (1) by breaking down their own stretch goals into incremental pieces, (for example, “This month I will increase my sales or deals closed by X percent”) and (2) by taking stock of what they have learned about themselves during the day’s experience.  We use the term themes to describe this.  A team may want to create actionable items to work on a theme they have discovered during the day (example- “This month I will have an effective confronting conversation with an employee”).

Each team member determines his or her homework assignment with the help of Bobbi and the other members.  Then everyone is also assigned a homework partner for the month (which rotates).  The requirement is for partners to call each other once a week for a minimum of 15 minutes, to check on each other and support the homework execution.

Personal Coaching Time with Bobbi Blain

Each member has an opportunity to have one monthly 50-minute face to face (or by phone) meeting with Bobbi to continue the growth trends identified in the daylong sessions.  Additional sessions are available upon request.

Dates and Location

The Townsend Leadership Program will meet on Tuesdays.  TLP takes place at the Petroleum Club Billings, MT conveniently located near the airport one full day 11 months of the year.

To Apply for Membership in the TLP

Schedule an interview with Bobbi Blain. Bobbi will interview a variety of applicants and choose the best fit for each group.

Bobbi Blain

TLP Director, Billings Program