The Union County Leadership Institute solicits applications from all Chamber members and their associates. Nominations are received and Leadership Students are selected on their own merits through the application process conducted by the Leadership Institute Selection Committee. The class meets on the first Thursday of each month, beginning in October, to discuss critical issues and topics as well as leadership skill building through the program’s completion in May.
Leadership Students are empowered to be an integral part of the class day planning process and, therefore, enabled to be visionary and active leaders in the community as they explore critical issues with knowledgeable speakers, effective facilitators and a variety of experimental activities. Leadership Students are also required to complete a community-directed research project aimed at affecting the quality of life in Union County.
August – Orientation Meeting
September – Team Building and Class Projects
October – Leadership & Class Research
November – Economic Development
December – Education
January – Health
February – Safety & Justice
March – Governmental Infrastructure
April – Fire Fighter 101
May – Presentation of Projects/Survivor’s Challenge & Banquet (At the Banquet, graduates will be inducted into the Leadership Institute Alumni Network
The Leadership Institute Selection Committee looks for several qualities in potential students. In order to be selected, applicants must: Possess high standards of personal quality and integrity – Demonstrate a sincere interest in community issues and a willingness to serve the community – Show a record of achievement or interest in community activities which indicate his/her leadership ability – Live or work in Union County and intend to remain so in the foreseeable future.
A diligent effort will be made to select class members who represent a cross section of Chamber businesses; it is this business, geographic and demographic diversity among class members that generates much of the meaningful personal interaction and personal learning in the leadership program.
Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. – Vince Lombardi