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Community Leadership Initiative (CLI)

The Vision:

To develop and support emerging and veteran leaders through self-awareness experiences to enhance community leadership skills that promote effective decision-making and responsible action.

The Program:

CLI is a community leadership development series that covers three fundamental skill areas: LEADING SELF, LEADING OTHERS, and LEADING A WORK CULTURE. There are nine (9) sessions covering 27 hours of instruction and projects over three months.  Three classes are held each month - two webinars on a weekday (Tuesday ) and one Saturday (morning) session.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion after fulfilling at least 90% of all sessions and complete a community leadership project. 

 Current Performance Gap

Most practitioners agree that success in achieving the communities’ goals requires individuals, groups and organizations to work together to address community needs.  Based on our educational offering history in this community and the numerous initiatives that are occurring, we have observed that a cost effective public leadership program will enhance the capacity of individual to enhance their networks and participate effectively in community building. Currently there are no cost effective and organized publicly offered community leadership development programs. Purdue Extension intends to address this need by using research based resources and expertise to address and improve community leadership development outcome in Indianapolis.  



The goal of CLI is to provide a process for people with different perspectives, values and interest to come together and work together to address the quality of life issues that confront our communities.  We seek to provide development and build leadership capacilty of veteran and aspiring leaders. Participants will understand and appreciate their leadership preferences, learn effective ways to lead teams and learn how to create a sustainable leadership culture.  Participants will learn about their strengths and explore how to harness their strengths to develop effective teams that play and work together for community good.  Participants will use their strengths and knowledge of team dynamics to problem solve and make team decisions that provide value for all participants. Among others, the program will provide instruction on how conflict is an opportunity for learning. Participants will understand community development processes and how to increase their influence in community organizing activities.  The facilitation models used will demonstrate effective ways to engage full participation and how to create a framework for inclusion in their communities. Finally, participants will develop a leadership point of view and create a community learning project.  To guarantee your participation, register here