Dyson Institute

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The Dyson Leadership Institute is a non-profit organization that creates and publishes programs in leadership and patriotism. It was founded in 1992 by David Dyson and Johnny Johnson, colleagues at Birmingham-Southern College who had started a discussion group a decade earlier, which grew into the Personal Leadership Association by 1991. The Institute's first event, in January 1992, was a leadership seminar with around 90 participants, held at the Mountain Brook Inn. Since then, the group has held monthly seminars and other special events. Its mailing address is at the Cameron at the Summit Apartments in Birmingham.

For the group's first anniversary, Dr Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People led a day-long lecture/workshop attended by over 1,000 people. Notable presenters since then have been Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager), Denis Waitley (The Psychology of Winning), and Hyrum Smith (The Franklin Planner).

Other programs supported by the Dyson Institute include the Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) educational and consulting services, the Life Leadership Academy for students and pre-professionals, and the Plan for Life Ministry, serving spiritual organizations through seminars and coaching.


The Dyson Institute has partnered with the Birmingham Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism by veterans, focusing on the founding of Veterans Day in the city in 1947 by Raymond Weeks. The Institute has participated in the founding of the Raymond Weeks Walk of Honor and the placement of a Raymond Weeks Memorial in Linn Park. It has also made its publications available for Veterens Day events and to patients at the Birmingham VA Medical Center.


  • Dunn, Stretch and David Dyson (2005) Patriotism in Action Birmingham:Dyson Institute ISBN 0871210169
  • Dunn, Stretch and David Dyson (2005) Professionalism Under Stress: Lessons for Professionalism, Stress, and Gunfighting. Birmingham:Dyson Institute ISBN 0871210142


  • Williams, Roy L. (November 10, 2006) "Military tourism sought for city." Birmingham News.

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