GBC College for Leadership Development
The GBC College for Leadership Development is ISKCON’s official leadership school where potential candidates will be trained for positions of top leadership in ISKCON.
Srila Prabhupada wanted the GBC to lead ISKCON through good governance and to establish global policies. He also wanted ISKCON to expand, thrive, be well-rooted, and to serve the needs of its devotees and the public alike. To achieve a uniform high level of service there is a need to standardize training, service descriptions, standards of performance, etc. among the various leaders (Regional Secretaries, National Secretaries, etc.) that are already involved in overseeing different parts of the world, and for future upcoming leaders within the movement.
The training program consists of five modules:
- Spiritual Excellence (hearing; chanting; Vaisnava etiquette; devotee care; outreach etc.)
- Personal Effectiveness (time management; balancing work, service, family life etc.)
- Relationship Effectiveness (supportive communication; team building; conflict resolution; coaching and mentoring etc.)
- Organizational Effectiveness (leadership; goal setting; building effective systems; team building; strategic planning; performance measurement; project management etc.)
- Functional Effectiveness (legal and compliance; temple administration; accounting; budgeting; financial management; risk management; facility management; Deity worship standards; ISKCON laws and GBC resolutions; ISKCON’s organizational structure and systems; farm communities; child protection etc)
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I enroll in the college?
Admission to the college is by invitation. Potential students are
recommended by their local GBC representative and a selection process
takes place. Selected candidates are invited to join the program.
Will students become GBC members?
The GBC College for Leadership Development is not specifically or
exclusively designed to groom future GBCs. The intention of the GBC is
to assist in creating better leaders; devotees who can deeply imbibe
Srila Prabhupada’s mood and instructions and who can give shelter to
devotees and help them feel happy in Krishna consciousness.
The present training program is focused on preparing future Zonal Supervisors,
who will help the GBC Zonal Secretaries to oversee their zones. On the
other hand, the caliber of the present participants is such that the
likelihood for some of them to become GBCs is very high.
Board of Trustees
H.H. Romapada Swami
H.H. Radhanath Swami
H.H. Bhakti Charu Swami
H.G. Tamohara Prabhu
H.G. Laxmimoni Mataji
H.H. Bhakti Vijnana Goswami
H.G. Kaunteya Prabhu
H.G. Gauranga Prabhu
H.G. Rupanuga Prabhu
Board of Advisors
H.H. Krsna Ksetra Swami
H.H. Bhakti Caitanya Swami
H.H. Devamrita Swami
H.G. Gopala Bhatta Prabhu
H.G. Sesa Prabhu
H.G. Anuttama Prabhu
H.G. Devakinandana Prabhu
H.H. Yadunandana Swami
H.G. Krishna Chandra Prabhu
H.G. Keshava Prabhu
H.G. Vrishabhanu Prabhu
H.G. Radha Giridhari Prabhu
H.G. Radhika Ramana Prabhu
H.G. Ajay Piramal
Bhakti Charu Swami
Champakalata Devi Dasi
Jai Nitai Dasa
Radha Krsna Dasa
Radhe Shyam Dasa
Ajita Krsna Dasa
Amritanjali Gaurangi Devi Dasi
Lalita Manjari Devi Dasi
Nandini Radha Devi Dasi
Rasika Ramana Dasa
Premanjana Devi Dasi
Radheswari Padmini Devi Dasi
Shreeji Kumari Devi Dasi
Bhaktin Sarah Burney
When His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada arrived at Boston’s Commonwealth Pier on September 17, 1965 few Americans took notice — but he was not merely another immigrant. He was on a mission to introduce the ancient teachings of Vedic India into mainstream America. Before Srila Prabhupada passed away on November 14, 1977 at the age of 81, his mission proved successful. He had founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and saw it grow into a worldwide confederation of more than 100 temples, ashrams and cultural centers.