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Leadership Development

 

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Strengthening Your SWCD:

Taking Charge of Strategic Direction

September 10-11, Arrowwood Lodge, Baxter MN

   agenda

  MASWCD Leadership Institute 2014-2015

 (now underway)

    brochure/registration form

    memo from MASWCD President

    one page program summary

  Leading Change Workshop Sep. 6, 2012

    presentation (4MB)

    handouts (9MB)

  District Self-Assessment Tool

    memo explaining the tool

    self-assessment tool

    self-assessment tool

 

The MASWCD Leadership Institute is a partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Service that provides individuals with skills to excel as leaders in conservation.

 

BACKGROUND

In 1995, MASWCD began development of a leadership program with the goal of enhancing the leadership and capabilities of SWCDs in Minnesota.  MASWCD realized that in order to have a strong organization, we needed to keep the leadership moving and growing.  Understanding that being a leader takes hard work and guidance, MASWCD worked with the University of Minnesota Extension Service to craft a several month program (eight two-day institutes) that would bring to SWCD participants the necessary skills to be leaders in the conservation movement in Minnesota.  The overall design was structured to support individual and organizational leadership development and to provide an opportunity for participants to apply the ideas and skills they are learning to actual SWCD priority issues they identify during the program.  The first leadership program took place April, 1996 - September, 1997.

 

MAINTAINING MOMENTUM

The programs have been extremely well received by the participants and have continued to spur interest among the membership.  Additional institutes were held:

          September, 1998 - February 2000;

          March, 2001 - November, 2002;

                        2001-2002 Program Brochure/Registration Form

                        2001-2002 Program Flyer - second page includes a list of graduates

                           from the 1996-1997 and 1998-2000 programs

                        2001-2002 Program Graduates

          March, 2004 - March, 2006

                        2004-2006 Program Brochure/Registration Form

                        2004-2006 Program Flyer - second page includes a list of graduates

                           from the 1996-1997, 1998-2000, and 2001-2002 programs

                        2004-2006 Program Graduates

          August, 2006 - August, 2007

                        2006-2007 Program Brochure

                        2006-2007 Program Memo - second page includes a list of graduates

                           from 1996-1997 through 2004-2006

                        2006-2007 Program Graduates

          August, 2007 - August, 2008

                        2007-2008 Program Brochure/Registration Form

                        2007-2008 Program Memo - second page includes a list of graduates from 1996-2007

          August, 2008 - August, 2009

                        2008-2009 Leadership Institute Registration Form

                        2008-2009 Program Memo - second page includes a list of graduates from 1996-2008

 

FROM THE STATE TO THE NATIONAL LEVEL

In addition to the state level institute, in 2000, MASWCD decided it was time to take those leadership program graduates the next step and developed a "Washington DC Leadership Institute."  This program introduced participants to how conservation and natural resource issues are addressed at the national level and how he/she can impact those issues from their local SWCDs.  A second Washington DC Leadership Institute was conducted in September 2005.  The third, fourth and fifth Washington DC programs took place in March of 2007, 2008 and 2009 as part of the regular eight session institute.

            2000 Washington DC Leadership Institute Participant List

              Group Photo During 2000 Washington DC Leadership Institute

            2005 Washington DC Leadership Institute Participant List

              Group Photo During 2005 Washington DC Leadership Institute

            2007 Washington DC Leadership Session Participant List

              Group Photo During 2007 Washington DC Leadership Session

            2008 Washington DC Leadership Session Participant List

              Group Photo During 2008 Washington DC Leadership Session

            2009 Washington DC Leadership Session Participant List

              Group Photo During 2009 Washington DC Leadership Session

 

 

The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Leadership is not wielding authority - it's empowering people.

Becky Brodin

 

When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves."

Lao-Tsu

 

 

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