The Community Leadership Development Program has been called life-changing by many of our graduates. It's a full immersion in your personal development as a leader, and you won't look at your community in the same way afterwards.
So how do you know if this is what you really want to do?
What are the Individual Benefits?
- Develop a strong personal leadership style, informed by your values, to help you be more effective in the community and your workplace.
- Gain confidence and courage to tackle tough situations in teams or groups, and shine bright when presenting your ideas to others.
- Build skills to engage others towards a common goal, even if you don't have the power or authority to direct people.
- Increase your comfort with complex, complicated, or chaotic situations and develop tools to lead yourself and others through change.
- Deepen your understanding of the economic, social, and environmental issues facing Greater Victoria, and learn about the civic structures and systems that affect the way we approach these issues (so you can navigate them better!)
- Gain satisfaction in knowing you made a difference in the Greater Victoria community through involvement in community service projects
- Build an expanded network of personal and professional relationships that extend well beyond the program.
Who Should Take This Program?
The ideal Leadership Victoria program participant is a person who demonstrates:
- creativity and innovation
- initiative and integrity
- a strong sense of community
- an ability to collaborate with others and build relationships
- a commitment and willingness to serve others
- strong interpersonal skills
- good communication skills
You must also have the time. Full attendance in the program is vital. It is essential that both you and your employer understand and honour the commitment required to the program dates. In addition, participants must be able to make the time to participate fully in a team project.
How Do We Select Our Participants?
When assessing Expressions of Interest for entry to the program, we look for evidence of the following attributes:
- Motivated to be engaged in the community in a leadership capacity
- Current resident of the Greater Victoria region and committed to stay in the community for 3+ years after the program
- Currently employed in a professional or career position, or engaged in sustained volunteer activities
- Self-awareness about your strengths and weaknesses, and a commitment to personal and professional development;
- 2-4 years of higher education preferred - show your capacity to actively contribute to an adult learning environment with a diverse learning group, with all-day or multi-day learning sessions, and few formal learning supports;
- Willingness to commit to attending ALL of the program components and participate fully in a team Community Action Project - this includes a commitment not to take extended vacations during the program, and may require you to take days off work.
- Have the permission and support of his/her employer for participation.
Once these criteria are met, we will ask applicants to provide us with their resume, a letter of support from someone who knows you well enough to comment on your leadership potential, and signed commitment from your employer that they will allow you to take the time needed to participate in the program.
Leadership Victoria does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, political opinion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital/family status, language and any other discrimination or harassment prohibited by applicable law.