Creating Leadership Together

Creating Leadership Together

Creating Leadership Together

Creating Leadership Together

Creating Leadership Together

Creating Leadership Together

Creating Leadership Together

Creating Leadership Together

A Community Development Partnership with People of Color

 

The Kansas Leadership Center is launching an initiative to partner with organizations interested in creating new programs that cultivate leadership and inspire hope for the future among Kansans of color.

The Creating Leadership Together initiative will provide an all-encompassing, from-the-ground-up package of support that will position community-based organizations to offer a sustainable leadership program under their own direction.

Why partner with KLC to form a leadership program for your community?

With all the issues and challenges that compete for our attention in our professional and personal lives, organizations and communities, why is leadership development an important focus? Why is it so relevant and how can it prove to be a wise investment? Third Floor Research, our research partnership with Kansas State University, studied the impact of community leadership programs in Kansas, particularly those that adopt Kansas Leadership Center’s approach to leadership as an activity, not a position. The results revealed a link between these programs and increased workforce and community engagement. Participants who graduate from these programs:

  • Feel more confidence in their leadership efficacy (ability to self-regulate stress and improve team performance).
  • Develop significant new leadership skills for the workplace, such as empowering others, addressing problems in new ways, and enhancing self-awareness.
  • Are three times more likely to want to serve their communities in a civic role (board member, elected official, advisory group, committee member, etc.).

Finally, participation in these programs significantly increases community engagement outcomes (political involvement, volunteering, civic participation, donations, etc.). In short, community leadership programs develop the capacity of both individuals and the communities where they have influence and impact.

Because of a lack of resources and infrastructure, however, providing personal development programs is too often an unaffordable or unknown luxury for many community-based groups. To strengthen resources and infrastructure in these communities, Kansas Leadership Center intends to offer $10,000 worth of in-kind leadership development training and program creation consulting for as many as ten such Kansas-based organizations. Additionally, each partner is eligible to receive up to $10,000 in seed money for their first two years of programs.

 

The Kansas Leadership Center intends to partner with Kansas organizations that:

  • Work with Kansans of color who are typically under-represented in leadership programs.
  • Will commit to sustainable, ongoing training sufficient to make a difference.
  • Work toward the common good of their community.

 

What kind of support will the Kansas Leadership Center provide?

  • Program start-up consulting and workshops
  • Mentoring from experienced professionals in the KLC Community Leadership Program (CLP) Network
  • Ongoing training for a core team
  • Free access to KLC Path programs including Your Leadership Edge, Avanzando Juntos, Lead for Change and Equip to Lead (this is available for the core team as well as class members enrolled in new programs resulting from this partnership)
  • Access to seed money for the first two years of programs provided by partner organizations

What type of commitment does our organization need to make?

The sponsoring organization will need to assemble a small core team to coordinate and develop a leadership program within 9-12 months. This team will attend trainings and workshops to prepare them for the key tasks of creating and operating a new leadership program.

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