The Leadership Lake County Community Builder program is designed as an eight-month program for front-line employees and entry-level managers/supervisors to acquire leadership skills and increase civic engagement.  The program focuses on advancing communication, conflict resolution and strategic thinking skills. The program includes development of a personal, professional and community leadership plan. 

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Tuition Information: $595 (non-refundable). Includes lunches, all materials, texts and assessments.

Applications for the Class of 2020 closed. Applications for the Class of 2021 coming soon!

Application Deadline: August 15,2019. Applicants will be notified of their status by August 30, 2019. 

General Information

  • Classes: Meet on the first Monday each month from October through May from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.
  • Participants: Participants are front-line employees and entry-level managers/supervisors working or residing in Lake County.  Class size is limited to 24 individuals.
  • Time Commitment: In addition to time spent in program days, the class organizes and implements a service project during the course of the program year to further develop leadership skills.
  • Graduation: Program participants will be recognized at a Graduation reception with the Signature class on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at the Leadership Lake County Leader of the Year ceremony.

 For more information, contact call 440.290.7933 or

 Dates to Remember

September 23, 2019                          Orientation, Noon - 1:30 pm- Business Dress, Professional Headshots and Class Photo

October 7, 2019                                Diagnose the Situation I – Personal Effectiveness - Behavior Styles

November 4, 2019                             Diagnose the Situation II – Personal Effectiveness – Your Brand

December 2, 2019                             Managing Self I - Conflict and Negotiation

January 6, 2020                                Managing Self II – Failure and Adversity

February 3, 2020                               Energize Others I - Collaboration and Intergenerational Communications

March 2, 2020                                   Energize Others II – Leadership Redefined

April 6, 2020                                     Intervene Skillfully I – Ethics and Social Responsibility

May 4, 2020                                      Intervene Skillfully II – Personal Leadership Plan Presentations

June 3, 2020                                     Graduation with the Signature Class of 2020 (Wednesday 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm)


A few comments from Class Evaluations:

The most interesting and also valuable thing I learned was different perspectives from CEOs/ high level managers on what they are looking for in employees who are just beginning their careers.

I learned that even those in leadership positions question themselves, and that it's okay to be unsure, ask questions and even fail because that's how we will learn and grow.

Learn to listen with the intent to learn about the other person. Prepare for conversation and follow up.

Every session I have had with Leadership, I always feel I gain more knowledge I how to interact with people, how to handle conflict with guest and employees, just fine tuning where I may have lacked. Learning about and visiting business's in Lake County, and the speakers have been fantastic such professionals with great knowledge and insight.

The most interesting thing I learned was during our discussion on different generations. It was great to hear different perspective on how generations are perceived and what you can do to communicate better with different generations in the workplace.