Our leadership program “bridges” people together who come from different industries, communities and backgrounds in McLeod County. Each month, leadership program participants go deep on a leadership topic in a different city and take exclusive tours of businesses in McLeod County. When people connect with others outside their normal circle, innovation is sparked and leaders emerge. This leadership experience creates a desire to do more in our community that extends beyond just the attendees and where they live. McLeod For Tomorrow impacts all people and businesses in McLeod County through civic engagement, economic impacts, volunteering and sharing learned skills, while having fun!
How The Program Works
Participants gather monthly from September through May in the communities throughout the county. Each day includes leadership training, meeting with community leaders and touring businesses, organizations or points of interest in that particular community. Participants will tour, study and enjoy lunch together. Wrap-up includes time for reflection on the day’s topics, speakers and tours.
Who Can Participate
Each cohort is comprised of a maximum of 24 participants. 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. Learning is enhanced with a variety of viewpoints and experiences among program participants, aided by the application process. 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!
At MFT, leadership is contagious. We have seen people develop their leadership skills through our program and go back to work with new ideas, earn promotions and build extraordinary partnerships. University of Minnesota Extension research has even shown that for every $1 spent with McLeod for Tomorrow, $6.70 is invested in McLeod County. This is why many leading businesses in McLeod Country aim to send someone from their workforce through the MFT Leadership program every year. Our leadership program provides high-quality professional development at a very reasonable cost. Build your team’s interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution and understanding of the county and communities where they live and work – encourage someone from your team to apply today!
This is your chance to gain an in-depth understanding of your personal leadership style and how to work with others more effectively. Through the McLeod For Tomorrow Leadership Program, you will develop a base of leadership knowledge and skills including effective communication, facilitation and conflict management. It’s also a great opportunity to build personal and professional networks with community leaders and organizations throughout the county. As a program participant, you’ll develop an awareness of your personal strengths, and better understand your own ethics and values. Plus, you get to take exclusive tours, meet new people and have fun! Fill out an application for the next cohort.
- Understanding Your Personal Leadership Style
- Becoming a Skilled Communicator: The Art of Listening and Asking Good Questions
- Leading with Your Strengths
- Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
- Bridging Generations
- Understanding McLeod County’s Economy
- Rewriting the Rural Narrative
- Navigating Conflict
- Dynamics of Change and the Power of Positive Psychology
- Visionary Leadership
Registrations are being accepted from May 1- July 31, 2021
Program Tuition: $550Apply Today
Typical session runs 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and is most often on the fourth Thursday.
- Sept. 23, 2021 – Hutchinson
- Oct. 28, 2021 – Winsted
- Nov. 18, 2021 – Brownton & Stewart
- Dec. 16, 2021 – Hutchinson
- Jan. 27, 2022 – Glencoe
- Feb. 24, 2022 – McLeod County Government Facilities (Glencoe)
- March 24, 2022 – Lester Prairie
- April 28, 2022 – Plato
- May 12, 2022 – Civic Project (Lester Prairie, afternoon only)
- May 26, 2022 – Silver Lake & Biscay
- May 26, 2022 – Graduation Event (begins at 4:30)