Leadership Program

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What Is The Need?

Complex challenges are impacting the communities in which we live.  Addressing these challenges requires leaders equipped with new tools and resources for decision making and citizen action. Although the program speaks to current and emerging leaders for their professional development, it is also a great personal development avenue that will benefit relationships and understanding in multiple areas.

How The Program Works

Participants gather one day each month in the communities throughout the county.  Each day includes leadership training, meeting with community leaders and tour of businesses, organizations, and/or points of interest in that particular community.  Participants will tour, study and dine together.  Each day ends with reflections and discussion of the days events.

Who Can Participate

Participants must live or work in McLeod County.  They may have lived here their whole lives, or they may have just started a new job in our county, or recently moved here.  Each class is comprised of a maximum of 24 participants.  Learning is enhanced with a nice balance of ages and genders and representations among the class.  This is the reason for the application process.  An applicant who is not selected, will most likely be encouraged to participate the following year.  Participants can be current or emerging leaders who demonstrate an interest in future leadership roles in our communities, our organizations, our businesses, and especially in our county.  We encourage all who have interest to apply!

Why Should A Business Sponsor An Employee?

The program provides high quality professional development at a very reasonable cost.

Employers gain:

  • Employees who have a better understanding of the various personalities and values that make others “tick.”
  • Employees who have a better understanding of our generational differences.
  • Employees who have a greater understanding of the demographics, economics and opportunities in McLeod County communities.
  • Employees with improved visionary leadership and ability for “big picture” thinking.
  • Employees who are better able to build professional networks and promote their respective business or organization.
  • Employees with increased capacity to address critical issues and challenges.
  • Employees who are better able to conduct and/or participate in productive meetings.

How Do Participants Benefit?

You will..

  • Develop a base of leadership knowledge and skills including effective communication, facilitation and conflict management.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of your personal leadership style and how to work with others more effectively.
  • Build personal and professional networks with community leaders and organizations through the county.
  • Develop confidence and skills necessary to serve in leadership roles.
  • Develop an awareness of your personal strengths, and better understand your own ethics and values.

Registrations are due by July 31, 2019

Program Schedule (2019 – 2020)

Typical session runs 8:15 am – 4:30 pm and is most often on the 4th Thursday.

  • September 26, 2019 – McLeod County Museum, Hutchinson
  • October 24, 2019 – Winsted
  • November 21, 2019 – Brownton & Stewart
  • December 19, 2019 – Hutchinson
  • January 23, 2020 – Glencoe
  • February 27, 2020 – McLeod County Courthouse Facilities, Glencoe
  • March 26, 2020 – Lester Prairie
  • April 23, 2020 – Plato
  • May 28 2020 – Silver Lake/Biscay
  • May 28, 2020 – Graduation Event

Leadership Topics:

“Beginning Your Leadership Journey”
“Visionary Leadership”
“Bridging Generations”
“Navigating Conflict Successfully”
“Determining your Strengths”
“Leadership for the Common Good”
“Understanding McLeod County’s Economy”
“Rewriting the Rural Narrative”
“Dynamics of Change”
“Leadership in Practice”
“Agriculture in McLeod County”