For the last 5 months, I’ve been part of a really cool local community leadership training program called Leadership Greater Topeka. And I just graduated!
What is Leadership Greater Topeka? Here’s a blurb from their website:
“The goals are to challenge and motivate traditional and non-traditional leaders by teaching adaptive leadership competencies through information, dialogue and hands-on experience, so participants are better prepared to strengthen and transform our community.”
So what did we do?
We met twice a month for full-day sessions. During those sessions, we learned about different leadership styles – both formal leadership and grassroots, community, volunteer-led leadership.
And we experienced Topeka. We visited a variety of organizations, including: Brown vs. the Board of Education, the county correctional facility, an architectural design firm, the local homeless shelter, the state capitol, the local public housing authority, a private jet company … and the library (’cause we are awesome that way).
We also heard from a variety of Topekans: entrepreneurs – really successful ones, and young entrepreneurs just starting out. We heard from lobbyists. We talked to prisoners and CEOs. We heard from a lot of people living in different parts of Topeka about how to make Topeka a better place.
I also met a bunch of really cool people (my 30-some classmates), took a strengths finder assessment, and discovered a lot about where I live that I didn’t know much about.
Because of this class, I have a better appreciation for Topeka, and have an understanding of ways I can help make it better. And learned some leadership skills that I can use at work and in my community.
So – very successful program!
If your community has a similar local leadership program … by all means, see how you can participate! It’s a great way to learn more about where you live, and how – especially for librarians – we can reach outside of our walls to help improve our community.
Nothing wrong with that!