History and Values

Inform. Develop. Engage.


November 16, 1990 – Articles of Incorporation filed creating Leadership North Carolina.

January 15, 1995 – Journey begins for 47 members of LNC Class I.

February 25, 2004 – LNC kicks off celebration of 10 year anniversary with proclamation by the governor.

May 18, 2007 – Graduation of LNC Class XIV, reaching milestone of more than 500 alumni.

October 4, 2012 – Start of LNC Class XX with 52 leaders.

Esse Quam Videri


The driving force behind Leadership North Carolina’s values and culture lies in the North Carolina state motto: Esse Quam Videri. “To Be Rather Than To Seem”

Diversity – Enrich North Carolina through a variety of voices.
Community Service – Contribute to local communities.
Forward-Thinking – Move together with an eye on the future.
Heritage – Value roots, history, and traditions.
Collaborative – Operate powerfully as a team.