To develop diverse leaders who are grounded in their own leadership, can sustain themselves as leaders, support the leadership of others, and can drive community change and growth.
Develop a shared understanding of leaderful communities
Enhance the skills necessary to solve problems collaboratively, including effective communication, meeting facilitation, and conflict resolution
Connect community impact work to professional and personal growth
Encourage and support practices that restore, inspire, sustain, and empower community leaders
Build interconnected pipelines of community change agents
Inspire a peer network
Create a network of mentors for emerging leaders
Participants receive in-depth exposure to critical issues facing Delaware County and the Catskill Mountains region through lectures, small group conversations, personal introspection, and panel discussions featuring current community leaders.
The innovative curriculum is based on scientific theories of organizational and community leadership. Leaderful Delaware offers an alternative to the traditional model and calls on leaders to be concurrent, collective, collaborative, and compassionate. Strategies include effective facilitation, dialogue skills, intensive listening skills, managing conflict, intercultural competence, leadership styles, and peer coaching.
Remote classes start on April 26, and will continue on the third and fourth Tuesdays, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Participants and employers should plan for two three-hour remote sessions each month from March through June. No classes will be scheduled during the summer months to accommodate work on required community projects. Sessions resume on September 27 and the program concludes in November.
Applicants may be sponsored by a business, municipality, or a community organization. Tuition, payable by sponsor or participant, is $300 for the first company enrollee, $200 for the second enrollee from the same company, and $150 for each additional enrollee. Tuition includes all program fees and materials. Payment is required prior to the first class.
An application must be submitted by by April 15 This is a competitive selection process and, due to the limit on the number of applicants admitted to the program, not all applicants may be accepted.
Candidates will be selected on their:
Commitment and motivation to community service
Previous community service or a desire to become involved in community activities
Interest in public service and a desire to learn more about public policy
Potential to advance to leadership positions within their companies
Commitment to remain in Delaware County
Leaderful Delaware Emerging Leaders Program is an initiative of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. As a private, not-for-profit, membership organization, the Chamber is a unifying force dedicated to community vitality and economic prosperity.
For more information about Leaderful Delaware and other Chamber programs, contact: Ray Pucci, President Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 5 ½ Main Street, Suite 3 Delhi, NY 13753 607.746.2281 RPucci@DelawareCounty.org