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					What is the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN)?
The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) of Minnesota is a program aimed at creating a network of emerging public
health leaders in Minnesota. The program sponsors are the Local Public Health Association, the Minnesota
Department of Health, and the Minnesota Public Health Association with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson
Turning Point Program, National Turning Point Leadership Collaborative (www.turningpointprogram.org).

The ELN will allow emerging leaders to make important connections, build strong leadership networks provide a
place for learning together about effective collaborative leadership skills and develop their own personalized
leadership development plan. We are currently recruiting public health professionals to apply for participation in
the ELN’s second cohort.

Why focus on emerging leaders?
National research suggests that most leadership training opportunities are offered to those already in established
leadership and management positions, not to emerging leaders. The ELN is designed to identify and nurture the
leaders of tomorrow. Countless challenges confront public health professionals in this new century: Our workforce
and leadership pool are shrinking, the demands for public health services are increasing, and the needs of an
increasingly diverse and aging population are evolving. In the next decade, nearly two-thirds of the leaders in many
Minnesota public health organizations will be eligible for retirement. We must act today to avoid a public health
leadership void tomorrow.

What will emerging leaders gain by being part of the network?
Being a part of the ELN will provide a range of growth opportunities.
Members will:
     Learn how to build healthy relationships and productive professional networks
     Learn about their own leadership potential and how to apply their leadership skills in practical ways
     Gain a greater understanding of how to be an effective collaborative leader in both formal and informal
        leadership settings by taking part in team activities with other emerging leaders
     Create his or her own personalized leadership development plan

Who is eligible?
People who:
    Have at least two years of public health work experience in the private sector, an academic setting, a
       community-based, nonprofit organization or a government agency
    Are interested in developing leadership skills and a professional network
    Are interested in enhancing knowledge and skills to become a strong collaborative leader
    Are presently employed and working to improve the public’s health or the conditions that influence health

Up to twelve applicants will be invited to join the second cohort of the ELN. We are seeking racial and ethnic
diversity and professionals from varied work settings and public health specialties and disciplines.

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What are some of the qualities we are looking for?
People who:
       Are highly motivated and enthusiastic
       Have a desire to learn and be mentored
       Are inclined to assume responsibility
       Have a supportive environment to practice and apply the skills and knowledge gained
       Can manage ambiguity
       See challenge as opportunity
       Enjoy working with others in a collaborative environment
       Have the ability to share leadership, power and recognition
       Have integrity and are dependable
       Seek ways to grow, develop and work toward self-improvement
       Possess a positive outlook
       Value diversity and actively seek diverse perspectives

What is the application process?
Applicants should complete the following application materials and submit four copies of their completed packet,
postmarked by Monday, December 1, 2003, to:

        Emerging Leaders Network
        C/O Tricia Todd
        Minnesota Department of Health
        Community Health Division
        PO Box 64975
        St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

Please submit four copies of your completed application – each including:
       Page 5 of this packet
       Your typed responses to the questions on pages 6
       Supervisor support letter (instructions page 7)
       At least two letters of recommendation (instructions page 8)
       Your resume

What is the time commitment?
Members of the ELN will be expected to attend up to four ELN Retreats (All Thursday evening through Saturday
afternoon), and fulfill other commitments to the ELN (see contract on page 9).

        Planned ELN Retreat Dates
        March 11-13, 2004, Linden Hills Conference Center, Little Falls, Minnesota
        May 6-8, 2004 Humanities Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
        August 12-14, 2004 Linden Hills Conference Center, Little Falls Minnesota
        November 18-20, 2004 Humanities Center, St. Paul, Minnesota




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Objectives of the Emerging Leaders Network
       Create and establish a leadership program that identifies, recruits, and prepares future collaborative leaders
        in public health.

       Build a diverse network of leaders in Minnesota who are
        1. Able to use collaborative leadership style
        2. Prepared to accept leadership positions (formal and informal) in the future
        3. Well-connected to other public health and policy leaders
        4. Continually growing and learning

       Share and encourage the use of this leadership development model with others interested in developing and
        nurturing future public health leaders.

Participant/curriculum objectives
At the end of this program, participants will have:
    1. learned more about collaborative leadership and the specific skills that make one an effective collaborative
    leader:
          Developing trust and creating safety
          Self reflection
          Assessing the environment for collaboration
          Developing clarity, visioning and mobilizing skills
          Sharing power and influence
          Developing people-mentoring and coaching skills,
    2. explored leadership styles and situations in which the various styles might be used,
    3. practiced collaborative leadership techniques,
    4. learned about personality and behavior traits of effective collaborative leaders:
          Ego control
          Respectfulness
          Maturity
          Patience,
    5. completed a self assessment, reflected on their personal leadership skills and qualities, and developed a
    leadership development plan,
    6. gained confidence in their leadership ability and appreciation for their unique leadership qualities,
    7. used mentors and other ―guides‖ for developing leadership skills,
    8. gained an understanding of how important networks and networking are in successful leadership
    development,
    9. assessed their own networks and experienced building a network — both among themselves and with other
    leaders in Minnesota,
    10. had the opportunity to meet present-day leaders in public health,
    11. had opportunities to learn as an individual and as part of a group,
    12. had opportunities to celebrate benchmarks/successes.




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                                             Application Instructions
A complete application will consist of page 5, of this packet, your typed answers to the questions on page 6, a
completed supervisor letter, at least two letters of recommendation and your resume.

Applicants should send four copies of their completed packet, postmarked by December 1, 2003 to:
       Emerging Leaders Network
       C/O Tricia Todd
       Minnesota Department of Health
       Community Health Division
       PO Box 64975
       St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

Application materials will not be returned and become the property of the Emerging Leaders Network.

Questions:
If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Tricia Todd at 612-789-6689 or
tricia.todd@state.mn.us


Application Check-list (four copies of each packet)

_____Application page 5

_____Your typed answers to the questions, page 6

_____Supervisor support letter, page 7

_____At least two letters of recommendation, instructions page 8

_____Your resume

_____Four copies of each packet




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                                                    APPLICATION
                              Deadline: postmarked by Monday, December 1, 2003
                                                Please Type or Print
                             This application is available on the web at www.mpha.net

Name:

Address:


Phone number most easily reached at:

E-mail most easily reached at:

I have access to the Internet at: (please circle all) Home Work Other

I check my email (please circle one):   Daily   Weekly Monthly

Name of employer:

Name of supervisor:

How did you learn about the Emerging Leaders Network?



My professional work experience has primarily been in which area? (Please check no more than two)


_____ Administration                                         _____ Health Statistics
_____ Chronic Disease                                        _____ Infectious Disease
_____ Community Health                                       _____ Policy Development
_____ Environmental Health                                   _____ Program Planning
_____ Epidemiology                                           _____ Public Health Nursing
_____ Health Education and Promotion                         _____ Other




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 The following are optional, but will help us to ensure that the network is diverse and inclusive:

 Please circle: Female         Male
 Age: ________
 To which ethnic group do you most closely identify? ______________________________________
 Is English your primary language? (Please circle) Yes          No




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                                           Application Questions

Please respond to the following questions. Please use examples wherever possible. Use one-inch margins,
double-spacing and 12 pt. typeface. Please try to adhere to the recommended number of words for each
answer.

     1. Describe the goals and aspirations you have for yourself as a leader in public health. Is there a
        public health issue that you want to impact as a leader, and if so, how do you want to do that?
        (Recommended number of words 150)

     2. What do you want to gain from your experience as a member of the ELN and how do you
        anticipate this will help you achieve your goals? (Recommended number of words 250)

     3. We are interested in applicants who have the following attributes. Please use your own life
        experiences to illustrate as many as possible of the following attributes that you have.
        (Recommended number of words 300)

                Highly motivated and enthusiastic
                Have a desire to learn and be mentored
                Are inclined to assume responsibility
                Have a supportive environment to practice and apply the skills and knowledge gained
                Can manage ambiguity
                See challenge as opportunity
                Enjoy working with others in a collaborative environment
                Have the ability to share leadership, power and recognition
                Have integrity and are dependable
                Seek ways to grow, develop and work toward self-improvement
                Possess a positive outlook
                Able to value diversity and actively seek diverse perspectives

4.       Please use examples to describe any other special skills, knowledge or unique qualities that set you
         apart as a desirable candidate for the Emerging Leaders Network. (Recommended number of
         words: 250)




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                                         Supervisor Support Letter

The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) of Minnesota is a program aimed at developing emerging leaders
and creating a network of public health leaders in Minnesota. Participants will make important connections,
build strong leadership networks, learn about effective collaborative leadership skills and design their own
personalized leadership development plan. Program sponsors are the Minnesota Department of Health,
the Local Public Health Association and the Minnesota Public Health Association with funding from the
Robert Wood Johnson National Turning Point Leadership Collaborative. The supervisor and
organizational support is very important in achieving successful outcomes in this program.

Please submit a letter that addresses the following:

1. The name of the applicant, and your willingness to support the applicant’s participation in the ELN by
allowing him or her to attend four cohort retreats between March and November (Thursday evenings
through Saturday afternoons) and spend between 1-2 hours per week in ELN activities, reading, phone
conversations, or studying.

2. In 3-5 sentences, please explain why you consider this person to be an emerging leader.

This is a highly competitive program, and we are looking for people who:
 Are highly motivated and enthusiastic                    Have the ability to share leadership, power
 Have a desire to learn and be mentored                      and recognition
 Are inclined to assume responsibility                    Have integrity and are dependable
 Have a supportive environment to practice                Seek ways to grow, develop and work toward
    and apply the skills and knowledge gained                 self-improvement
 Can manage ambiguity                                     Possess a positive outlook
 See challenge as opportunity                             Value diversity and actively seek diverse
 Enjoy working with others in a collaborative                perspectives
    environment

3. Please tell us why you are recommending this person for participation in the ELN? (Please discuss the
strengths of this person as well as one or two of the challenges they face in developing into a strong
collaborative leader).

4. Please sign, date and include your address and other contact information.


This can be submitted in the applicants packet, or if you so wish, you can send this letter directly to Tricia
Todd at either
        Emerging Leaders Network
        C/O Tricia Todd
        Minnesota Department of Health
        Community Health Division
        PO Box 64975
        St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
OR
        Tricia.todd@health.state.mn.us
        Or plst123@aol.com


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                                 Letter of Recommendation Instructions

The Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) of Minnesota is a program aimed at developing future public health
leaders in Minnesota. Research suggests that key activities necessary for successful leadership include the
abilities to network, build relationships and communicate with people engaged in related issues and
projects. The ELN allows emerging leaders to make important connections, build strong leadership
networks, provide a safe place to learn together about effective collaborative leadership and develop their
own personalized leadership development plans. We are currently recruiting public health professionals to
apply for participation in the second cohort of the Emerging Leaders Network.

We are looking for people who
      Are highly motivated and enthusiastic                          Have the ability to share leadership,
      Have a desire to learn and be                                   power and recognition
           mentored                                                   Have integrity and are dependable
          Are inclined to assume responsibility                      Seek ways to grow, develop and work
          Have a supportive environment to                            toward self-improvement
           practice and apply the skills and                          Possess a positive outlook
           knowledge gained                                           Value diversity and actively seek
          Can manage ambiguity                                        diverse perspectives
          See challenge as opportunity
          Enjoy working with others in a
           collaborative environment


In a letter of recommendation to the selection committee, please include:
_____ The name of the applicant, your name and the date
_____ Your relationship to the applicant (how long have you known this person and in what capacity?)
_____ Why you are recommending this person for participation in the ELN. (Please discuss the strengths
      of this person as well as one or two of the challenges they face in developing into a strong
      collaborative leader).


This can be submitted in the applicants packet, or if you so wish, you can send this letter directly to Tricia
Todd at either
        Emerging Leaders Network
        C/O Tricia Todd
        Minnesota Department of Health
        Community Health Division
        PO Box 64975
        St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
OR
        Tricia.todd@health.state.mn.us
        Or plst123@aol.com




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                             Emerging Leaders Network Sample Contract

If you are chosen to be part of the Emerging Leaders Network, you will be asked to sign this contract.

To ensure that emerging leaders participate fully and gain as much as possible from their ELN experience,
the following expectations for participation have been established. Participants must:

       Commit to fully participating in each of the four retreat meetings. The retreats will be held on
        Thursday evening through Saturday afternoon.
            o March 11-13, 2004, Linden Hills Conference Center, Little Falls, Minnesota
            o May 6-8, 2004 Humanities Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
            o August 12-14, 2004 Linden Hills Conference Center, Little Falls Minnesota
            o November 18-20, 2004 Humanities Center, St. Paul, Minnesota
       Complete a leadership development plan that identifies specific leadership growth activities and
        outcomes.
       Commit to no more than 1-2 hours per week to participate in additional learning and growth
        opportunities, which may include: telephone conferences, computer discussion forums, ELN team
        leadership project work, mentoring relationships and self-assessment tool(s).

In addition to completing the program, each participant may be asked to serve as an alumnus of the
network, providing services such as mentoring, phone conversations, and email networking with future ELN
members.

As a member of the ELN, you can expect to meet the participant/curriculum objectives listed on page 3.

I understand and am willing to commit the amount of time necessary to participate in the program this year,
and to fulfill the role of alumnus for future ELN members. I understand that participation in the ELN does
not guarantee future employment or promotion.



Applicant’s signature


Date




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Questions:
If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Tricia Todd at 612-789-6689 or
tricia.todd@health.state.mn.us




                                                Thank you




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