Employers often ask, “Why does it make sense for me to train my employees in community leadership? After all, we are not a community organization. What difference will this make for us?”
It’s a good question for which we believe there is a very good answer. We call it “Leadership Plus,” and it is the direct result of the intense experiential learning in the community context that our participants receive. Leadership Plus has five parts, all of them relevant to leadership in any organizations.
Leadership plus one — skills: First, Leadership Victoria program participants get an exceptional grounding in fundamental leadership skills common to all organizations. They learn how to build and lead teams, inspire others, articulate a motivating project vision, negotiate partnerships, and define the path to success, to take just a few examples. And because their skills are developed in learning by doing, their knowledge is hands-on, not just theoretical.
Leadership plus two — collaboration: Through their Community Action Projects, our program participants develop the ability to manage and lead collaboration — within teams, between organizations, and sometimes even between sectors.
Leadership plus three — innovation: Again through Community Action Projects, Leadership Victoria learners hone their abilities to conceive and implement innovative solutions to difficult problems in a hands-on, directly practical learning situation, with real partners expecting real outcomes.
Leadership plus four — community awareness: The challenges facing our community affect all organizations, not just community groups. More and more businesses must learn to effectively manage their role within the communities that sustain them. Leadership Victoria learners develop a solid grounding in community systems that will help any organization in managing their community relations.
Leadership plus five — confidence: More than anything Leadership Victoria learners, through practical hands-on experience, develop the deep confidence they need to imagine, plan, and follow through on innovative ideas and projects decisively and energetically.
What organization does not need employees like this?