Participants in the Community Leadership Program learn that ANYONE can be a leader who make a difference. And they do!
Since 1977, Leadership Everyone has trained nearly 4,000 individuals representing hundreds of companies, organizations, and demographics in our community. In accordance with our Mission, we strive for diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, occupation, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies, in all of our programming, including each cohort of the Community Leadership Program.
Leadership Everyone’s partnership with the Indiana Leadership Initiative connects us with today’s top leadership experts. LE programming is researched, tested, evaluated, and refined. It continues to be emulated by leadership programs around the country because it is at the forefront, consistent with best practices, and—as our graduates report—it makes a difference.
While LE’s mission to develop effective community leaders remains paramount, leadership opportunities and responsibilities aren’t confined to one dimension of life. Our curriculum focuses on skills participants can use anywhere to help people and teams get better results—whether at work with colleagues and clients, for a board or community organization, within one’s family or circle of friends, or with neighborhood, community, or school projects.
Leadership Everyone’s Community Leadership Program is a three-day intensive program (with a half-day follow-up session) in which a diverse group of community members come together to discover their individual strengths, learn new skills, gain diverse perspectives, and create a vision for our community’s future. Knowledge and experience gained during the program are then applied in the attendees’ personal and professional lives. Graduates of the program are actively and continuously engaged with a network of other alumni and community members and organizations, using their strengths and passions to create community change. Alumni are provided opportunities through LE to engage in community activities, such as through nonprofit Engagement Fairs where individuals are matched with organizations they can serve.
Community Leadership Program Information
Our Community Leadership Program is a 3-consecutive-day and 2-night retreat experience at the beautiful Barn Abbey in New Harmony, Indiana. The LE calendar offers you options with multiple sessions a year. Choose the session most convenient for you.
The cost of the program is $1,895.00, which includes a non-refundable, non-transferable $300 registration fee. To discuss partial scholarship or payment plan options, please contact us at 812-425-3828.
What do our Alumni have to say?
I can’t say how invaluable, enriching and just plain fun the LE retreat and relationships have been for our team and to me, personally. It’s a chance to meet community pillars, to get away in nature, and to learn about yourself, your leadership style, and how to connect with others. You leave with lifelong friends, lessons, and new perspectives.
As someone who has been on the front lines implementing agile practices within organizations, LE’s commitment to developing servant leaders really resonates with me, and it reflects the importance of serving others and making a positive impact in the community. The shared values between LE and all the people and organizations involved creates a fulfilling and purposeful experience.
The LE retreat brings together people from so many different groups. When training is solely focused on being more effective in your company, it doesn’t have the greater purpose of making our community a better place to live. LE is here to make the Tri-State a better place to live, for everyone. As a direct result of the LE retreat, I became more intensely committed to LE’s mission and more intimately involved in community efforts. Overall, it was much more valuable than any other leadership development efforts I’ve been part of!
I loved the LE Community Leadership Program as it focused on compassionate collaboration, stewardship and commitment to growth to make our community a better place. I was inspired to hear LE alumni share their experiences as true servant leaders who are truly making a difference in the lives of people they serve.
Albion Fellows Bacon Center
Alexander Chapel AME Church
American Medical Response
ARC of Evansville
Ark Crisis Child Care Center
Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana
Ascension St. Vincent
Atlas World Group
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley
Bolek Grant Writing
Brian Ensor Web Developer
C.H. Garmong & Sons, Inc.
Capital Electric Inc.
Carothers Consulting, LLC
Carter/Johnson Library and Collection
Carver Community Organization
Catholic Diocese of Evansville
City of Evansville
City of Evansville – Department of Metropolitan Development
City of Evansville – Department of Parks and Recreation
City of Evansville Water & Sewer Utility
Clippinger Financial Group
Community Action Program of Evansville
Crossroads Christian Church
David Matthews Associates
Deaconess Health Systems
Department of Metropolitan Development
Diehl Evaluation and Consulting
Donaldson Capital Management
Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District
Dunn Hospitality Group
E.M. Technologies, LLC
ECHO Housing Corporation
El Informador Latino
Evansville African American Museum
Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Evansville Courier & Press
Evansville Fire Department
Evansville Housing Authority
Evansville Kia / Evansville Hyundai
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra
Evansville Police Department
Evansville Power Yoga
Evansville Rescue Mission
Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union
Evansville Trails Coalition
Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Evansville Visitors and Convention Bureau
Evansville Water & Sewer Utility
Fat Head Media
FC Tucker Emge Realtors
Field & Main
Fifth Third Bank
First Federal Savings Bank
First Presbyterian Church
Forest Hills Baptist Church
Franklin Street Events Association
Fresh Flowers Direct
Herbert Prichett and Associates, Inc.
George Koch Sons, Inc.
Gerling Law Offices
Girl Scouts of Raintree Council, Inc.
Glenwood Leadership Academy
Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville
Habitat for Humanity of Evansville
Heritage Federal Credit Union
Home Video Studio
Honeymoon Coffee Company
HOPE of Evansville
HR Solutions, Inc.
IBEW Local 16
Indiana Economic Development Coalition
Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
Indiana University School of Medicine – Evansville
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Ivy Tech Community College
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Jacobsville Join In!
JC Michaelson Consulting
JD Sheth Foundation
Junior League of Evansville
Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP
Key Benefit Administrators, Inc.
Kightlinger & Grey, LLP
Kitch & Schreiber
Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville
Lamar Architecture & Design
Lamasco Bar & Grill
Lensing Building Specialties
Life Choice, Inc.
Mater Dei High School
Mead Johnson Nutritionals
Meal and More, Inc.
Medical Services of America Hospice
Memorial Baptist Church CDC
Mesker Park Zoo
Morton Solar & Electric, LLC
Musia Fine Art
Neil Chapman, Attorney at Law
New Horizons Financial Consultants
New York Life Insurance Company
North Park Corporation
Northside Community Church
Old National Bank
ONI Risk Partners
Ozanam Family Shelter
Posey County Economic Development Partnership
RE Michel Company, Inc.
Schmitt Law Office
Schultheis Insurance Agency, Inc.
Sebree Consulting, LLC
Sixth and Zero
Smith & Butterfield
Social Security Administration
Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Vincent Center for Children and Families
St. Vincent’s Day Care
Stef L’s Amour
Summit Real Estate Services
Susan G. Komen Evansville Tri-State
T.A. Dickel Group, LLC
Telescope Data Services
The Best Day Ever – Evansville
The Bridge Church of Evansville
The Communities of Solarbron
The Literacy Center
The Parenting Time Center
The Women’s Hospital
Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana
Tracy Zeller Jewelry
Traylors Brothers, Inc.
Tri-State Athletic Club
Trinity United Methodist Church
TSCCA Chinese School
Turn Table, LLC
United Caring Services
United Way of Southwestern Indiana
University of Evansville
University of Southern Indiana
Vanderburgh Community Foundation
Vanderburgh County Democratic Party
Vanderburgh County Engineering Department
Vanderburgh County Health Department
Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office
Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office
Vanderburgh Humane Society
Vectren, A CenterPoint Energy Company
Volunteer Lawyer Program
Welborn Baptist Foundation
Wells Fargo Advisors
Western Governors University
WestPoint Financial Group
Whole Sun Designs, Inc.
WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone
YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
Youth First, Inc.
Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana
Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP
Skills for 21st Century Leaders
A process of change for people, their teams, their organizations, and their communities, from Leadership Evansville and the Indiana Leadership Initiative.
While LE’s mission to develop effective community leaders remains paramount, leadership opportunities and responsibilities aren’t confined to one dimension of your life. Our curriculum focuses on skills you can use anywhere to help people and teams get better results—whether at work with colleagues and clients, for a board or community organization, within your family and circle of friends, or with neighborhood, community, or school projects.
Participants learn to practice new skills in real settings, apply their learning, and report results.
I. Essential Attitudes
Servant-Leadership is widely acknowledged as the appropriate leadership model for the 21st century. Sometimes misunderstood, servant-leadership is about identity and motive as well as about action. Servant-leaders care about the people they lead and the processes they use, as well as about getting the work done. They choose to lead collaboratively, which develops and increases the skills and capacities of their followers. This enables individuals to become “healthier, freer, wiser, more autonomous, more likely themselves to be servants.” [Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of the modern Servant-leadership movement.] Servant-leaders model this attitude and teach others to become servant-leaders.
Community Trusteeship expands servant-leadership to an even broader collaborative approach—making a commitment to, and taking responsibility for organization-wide or community-wide improvement, without regard to “What’s in it for me?”
II. Essential Skills
Gifts and Talents focuses on the importance of discovering the unique skills and qualities each person brings to the group, building an inventory of assets so the individual, group, or organization can develop fully and/or benefit from the talents available. The use of learning partners in the discovery process introduces the concept of “co-learning,” feedback, and coaching.
Learning Preferences (Styles) demonstrates that individuals learn in different ways and that their preferences affect group interaction. The group can benefit from recognizing the learning preferences of its members as gifts and use them to strengthen group work. Failure to recognize, accept, and effectively use the differences in learning styles can manifest as personality conflicts or lack of teamwork.
Cycle of Change teaches individuals and groups to view every experience, success, or failure as a vehicle for reflection, learning, and improvement. In effective groups, this learning is a collaborative process. This Cycle interacts with Learning Styles and results in better quality individual and group performance. Stages of a Learning Community focuses on how groups learn to work together collaboratively—their relationships and behaviors as well as their tasks. Strategies are identified to help the group progress effectively through each stage as it strives to reach high performance, and avoid being stuck in less productive modes.
III. Essential Processes
Visioning a Preferred Future begins a person’s, team’s, or organization’s journey of moving “from where we are to where we want to be.” Participants develop and communicate a shared meaning of what the community or organization should be like or look like when it’s working well; they identify the goals they need to pursue and improvements they want to make, as they strive for their ideal.
Collaboration is the process by which organizations and communities will operate in the 21st century when they want and need mutual benefits that are not achievable or satisfactory through separate efforts. Successful collaborators begin by learning new ways of working together—new attitudes, agreements, and facilitation skills, including recognition of and input from all stakeholders.
Dialogue and Consensus Decision-making avoid destructive “solution wars” and create win-win situations. The goal is not to find the one so-called right decision, nor one “we can live with.” Rather, the goal is to gain unity and agreement in a decision that will work and will create a broad group commitment that makes implementation easier. There are various models for reaching consensus—all of them take time and practice!
IV. Supporting Attitudes/Skills/Components
New Leadership examines new understanding about the nature of leadership, why it is changing, and what it will need to be in the 21st century.
A Timeline is often the first step of a personal or institutional visioning process. It provides perspective on where we’ve been and where we want to go, and identifies values and behaviors that worked in the past and should be carried forward in a new climate. Likewise identified are values and behaviors that have had their day and need to be left behind. Through timelines, people share stories and develop common meaning.
Multiple Lenses (Understanding Differences) examines a situation from other perspectives that are important but may be missing from the table, or are present at table, but are not being heard. This process reveals overlooked information and leads to a more complete understanding of a vision, issue, or problem.
Active Listening is essential to dialogue, aids in discovering and understanding the real meaning of what is being communicated, and helps the listener respond appropriately and constructively to the speaker and the situation.
Communication and Conflict Resolution are key to persons understanding one another and working together successfully. These skills demand conscious awareness of our own behaviors and habits as well as the recognition of and appropriate response to the behaviors of others. We must communicate, and we can’t (and wouldn’t want to) eliminate conflicting ideas. Therefore, the best action is not reaction. The best action is the development and practice of interpersonal skills.
Problem/Solution Identification distinguishes problems according to their symptoms, then prescribes the effective, appropriate leadership response for each.
“Six Thinking Hats” for creativity and decision-making is Edward de Bono’s proven method to reach decisions using 6 types of thinking hats that thoroughly examine a problem or proposal, consider all the facts, feelings and angles, to arrive at a conclusion that makes sense. The Six Thinking Hats technique can be used to stimulate creativity in problem-solving and/or to lead a group to a consensus decision.
“Hard Talk” is a dialogue structure that provides a triple-whammy: group members build trust, and learn the communication and collaborative skills, that enable them to work together more effectively as they tackle “real work.”
Facilitation Training equips a leader or group member to use the “Skills for 21st Century Leaders” to help a group or team move from where they are to where they want to be, whether facilitating from within or outside the group.
Open Space [adapted from Harrison Owen, pioneer in organizational consciousness] is a facilitation method that encourages the group to: take responsibility for setting the agenda; discover its own wisdom; do the necessary research and teaching; define and implement goals; evaluate results; and plan future actions. Creating a
Leader-full Community answers the questions “What is a leader-full community, why is it desirable, and how is one created?”
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