Goals for Participants:
- Enhance skills through a broad-based curriculum addressing the components of effective leadership
- Provide exposure to community challenges and opportunities for solutions
- Furnish opportunities for personal and professional growth
- Increase understanding of the various sectors of the community and how they relate and interact
- Identify existing and emerging leaders in the Little Traverse Bay area and provide them with leadership skills training
- Foster participation in community service by increasing the number and quality of volunteer leaders who serve on boards, commissions, and public office
- Encourage better community communication and more long-range thinking
- Build the strength of our community leadership
- Develop leadership management skills within the business community
Curriculum and Requirements
Leadership Little Traverse Participants will gain an understanding of the many different facets of our Community.
Leadership Little Traverse Participants will also benefit from Leadership Development.
Personal Strengths Assessment
Mentoring can play a positive role in fostering personal and professional growth. As part of Leadership Little Traverse, you will be given the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with a mentor over the course of the program. By serving as a bridge between monthly sessions, mentors will provide continuity and help each participant maximize the impact of the experience. The Mentoring Program will benefit both the mentor and the participant. The mentor offers information, advice, and encouragement. The participant offers a new perspective, energy and potential. You'll both learn and grow from this experience!
Personal Leadership Plan
To exit the program, each participant will be asked to create a Personal Leadership Plan to help keep the energy and motivation going once the sessions are over.
Community Service Project
Participants will also take part in a class-wide Community Service Project. Selected by the class, this project will require all members to step-up and do their share to help a community cause.
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Leadership Little Traverse
Leadership Little Traverse is open to anyone with an interest in learning about and becoming involved in the community. No more than 16 individuals will be selected to participate. Participants must attend all sessions and activities.
Application form available - Download (PDF)
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. A personal interview may be required as part of the selection process.
Leadership Little Traverse Schedule
Requirements for Leadership Little Traverse include attendance at nine dynamic, interactive all-day sessions; participation in an ongoing mentor-ship program; and in a class-wide community service project. The exit requirement is the development of a personal leadership plan.
Schedule for all sessions 2016-2017:
8:00 to 8:30 am - Continental Breakfast
8:30 to 12:00 pm - Morning Session
12:00 to 1:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 to 4:30 pm - Afternoon Session
Actual Date & Times of the 2016/17 Sessions TBA
Session 1 - Building A Team
September (Date & Time TBA)
Evening picnic with an overnight stay followed by a day of active learning at Camp Daggett.
Session 2 - Environment
Tour various environmental agencies and an area farm while learning the role they all play in maintaining our environmental balance.
Session 3 - The Past, The Present, The Future...And You!
Objective: To have a good understanding of the people, the resources, and the transportation that shaped our area.
Session 4 - Education
Explore the formal, informal, and non-traditional educational opportunities within our communities and understand the challenges and successes of our educational institutions.
Session 5 - Human Services
Session 6 - Local Government
Objective: To explore the services, roles, limits of, and access to governments in our communities.
Session 7 - Creativity & Ethics
Participants will understand how to utilize the creative process and the ethical decision-making process as important tools for leadership growth.
Session 8 - The Economy
See first-hand a local, job-providing manufacturing facility and understand the impact of those jobs on our communities. Participants will know our top economic sectors and the agencies that lead the region's economic development efforts.
Session 9 - Where Do We Go From Here?
Participants will plan and share their future leadership roles and personal growth strategies beyond Leadership Little Traverse.