What is LIFT ?


LIFT Ireland is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership capabilities in Ireland.


LIFT does this through its eight-part, group learning programme. LIFT’s programme is being rolled out nationwide via a volunteer facilitator network with an overall goal of reaching 10% of the population within ten years. Since its launch, LIFT Ireland has built a network of over 400 trained facilitators, which continues to grow each day.


‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’


LIFT Ireland, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, was founded in 2017 by siblings Joanne and David Hession along with Sonya Lennon of Dress for Success Dublin. LIFT Ireland was built on a desire to change the country for the better by changing the way people view leadership. Leadership is not limited to a select few. Everyone can become a leader in their own way. LIFT Ireland wants to create a nation of leaders by first teaching positive leadership values and then encouraging participants to adopt those values in their daily lives. LIFT Ireland believes that the more people ‘living LIFT’, the better it is for our country’s future.


Teaching Leadership Values to the People of Ireland


LIFT Ireland teaches leadership values through round-table programmes, which cater to people of all backgrounds, from ages 14 and up. LIFT’s training protocol is based on eight key leadership values, which were formulated after conducting an extensive nationwide survey on the country’s most revered leadership attributes. LIFT adopters have included community groups, businesses, schools, and sports clubs.

The Eight LIFT Leadership Values

In March 2018, we undertook an initial survey in association with Coyne Research, to ask a nationally representative sample of the people of Ireland what leadership attributes and values they believe are most in need of development in Ireland. We then looked at the attributes considered most important for leadership and through our research the following 8 LIFT Leadership Values emerged:

Honesty & Integrity

Having integrity means that we act and speak in a manner consistent with our principles and that we respond to situations honestly and courageously. Being transparent helps to develop trust.

Empathy & Understanding

Empathy and understanding mean listening to other viewpoints, motivations and perspectives and having a commitment to the betterment of others. This leads to improved organisations and communities.


Showing the proper respect validates the dignity of others and at the same time enhances our own. Being respectful of the views and opinions of others (while recognising our boundaries) allows for the expression of differing perspectives.


Accountability means both taking public and private responsibility for one’s own actions and additionally being willing to hold others to account for their actions and behaviours. It enables high levels of performance and ensures that standards are maintained.


Competent people take pride in their performance and continually examine their activities with a view to improvement. It does not accept poor performance.

Positive Attitude

Having a positive mental attitude allows people to motivate others; look for creative solutions; overcome obstacles; and deal with setbacks.


Listening with an open mind allows us to learn. It also shows respect to the experience and perspectives of others, providing a means for resolving conflict and solving problems.

Dedication & Determination

Achievement often requires hard work and can sometimes be difficult. Approaching tasks and situations with a mind-set of determination and dedication often leads to results that cannot be achieved without it. It can also lead to additional satisfaction and the respect of others.

If you would like to have your voice heard on the leadership values that are important to you, complete our LIFT Values Survey.

Get involved

Whether you are in a company, a community sports club, an organisation or an individual who believes passionately in the power to achieve change, we’d love to hear from you so you can join our goal of elevating our country’s value based leadership qualities.

LIFT is for everyone.  Being a leader isn’t about having a title, being the CEO, the Captain or the Manager.  We believe all of us are leaders.  We can and should set an example in terms of how we behave and how we demand others behave.  Support for LIFT can be in one of three ways:

Become a friend
We’ll keep you posted of our progress and invite you to future LIFT roll out events 

Become a facilitator
We’ll train you to lead round table discussions and be part of the roll out of LiFT

Become a Partner
We’ll welcome your company to help lead LIFT and roll out within your organisation

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Founding Partners

In May 2018, our Inaugural Founding Partners attended the launch of LIFT OFF to make this initiative happen. This ambitious programme wouldn’t have started without them and we are delighted to have their support.

Friends of LIFT

Our ambition is big and to help make it happen, we have the official backing and support of in excess of 75 organisations and individuals, from across all sectors of Irish society – ranging from Munster Rugby and the GAA; to the Teaching Council; the Peter McVerry Trust; IBEC; the Junior Chambers of Commerce; the Immigrant Council; the Irish Girl Guide movement; Mobility Mojo and many more. Each of these Friends has made a commitment to LIFT, to participate in the training process and to facilitate further discussion on values among their organisation.

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