LIC uses an interactive method for developing leadership based on a collaborative style of learning to address a range of competencies, skills and practices. The curriculum design and schedule takes into consideration the busy lives of nonprofit professionals and community leaders. This program consists of:
Matched with proven methods of instruction and expert facilitators, cohort members will become partners engaged in a community formed around a common learning endeavor. Students are expected to support one another in their leadership development and well-being as they participate in the program. By providing leadership development in a cohort setting, LIC promotes shared learning and peer-to-peer network building.
The director of LIC is Dr. A. Brian Leander, assistant director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Along with Dr. Leander, our faculty includes recognized experts in nonprofit organizations and community leadership roles who, in addition to their presentations, will provide pre and post-session support to participants via e-mail and through a web-based instruction application, Moodle. The Center will develop and provide hard copies and online resources to all participants. A resource library and an online community will be maintained.
Leaders develop necessary skills, behaviors and attitudes when they have opportunities to learn how to lead effectively with other people and from other people. The program will support participants as they develop their own approach and learn best leadership practices along with their peers.
We begin with an individual assessment using a widely accepted leadership assessment instrument. After the assessment, the participants and the Center’s leadership coach will collaborate on a personalized plan to guide them as they become the leader they want to be. Participants will learn how to take charge of their future leadership development by:
The Center respects the challenge of leading in underserved communities and recognizes that well-developed organizational leaders have potential for great impact. Therefore, LIC combines nonprofit best practices with practical applications for leading in multicultural organizations and communities. As part of Phase II, each participant will have opportunity to lead a peer group through a carefully selected case study of an organizational or community challenge they are likely to face. Afterwards, their peers will review their leadership, highlight strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations for greater effectiveness.
Participants will learn how to:
During Phase II, Leading in Community includes professional mentoring, a dedicated website, a blog for peer support and networking, and webinars that supplement on site learning.
The Community Leadership phase of the program builds participants’ skills and increases their capacity for community organizing, building community support networks, and developing partnerships with individuals and organizations in their own neighborhood and community. Certificate candidates will:
A key learning outcome of Leading in Community will be the final exercise where participants will develop a strategic community initiative. The participants will:
Each participant will undergo a final assessment at the conclusion of the program. Participants will be invited to attend monthly breakfast reunions for one year where these new leaders can discuss current challenges, find peer support and explore potential partnerships. Program alumni will have the opportunity to serve as mentors for new cohorts entering the program and will also be a leadership resource to their organizations and communities.
An outcome of Leading in Community will be to increase the number of people of color who are prepared for leadership positions in Long Island’s nonprofit sector and/or who are prepared for a leadership role (as a community activist or board member) in their community.