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.

Click here to apply to the class of 2021

Application Deadline: August 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their status by August 30, 2020. 

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 2, 2021 at the Leadership Lake County Leader of the Year ceremony.

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 Class of 2021 Dates to Remember

September 21, 2020 Orientation - Business Dress: Professional Head Shots and Class Photo
October 5, 2020 Diagnose the Situation I – Personal Effectiveness - Understanding your Behavior Style
November 2, 2020 Diagnose the Situation II – Personal Effectiveness – Your Brand
December 7, 2020 Manage Self I - Conflict and Negotiation
January 4, 2021 Manage Self II – Failure and Adversity
February 1, 2021 Energize Others I - Collaboration and Intergenerational Communications
March 1, 2021 Energize Others II – Leadership Redefined
April 5, 2021 Intervene Skillfully I – Ethics and Social Responsibility
May 3, 2021 Intervene Skillfully II – Personal Leadership Plan Presentations
June 2, 2021 Graduation with the Signature Class of 2021 (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.