COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MENU
Kristina G. Ricketts, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky Extension
APPETIZERS (Introduction Short Courses)
Dates & Duration
Times Topic & Description
TBD TRAIT LEADERSHIP – WHAT MAKES AN EFFECTIVE LEADER? 2 – 3 hours
A fundamental assumption of any leadership development program is the
improvement of the leaders involved. But how do we determine leadership success?
And just because you are a good leader – does that indicate success or ethical
values? This seminar is a fun beginning seminar for those groups who don’t want to
delve too deep into theoretical leadership. Specific aspects addressed:
characteristics of successful leaders, the link between successful and ethical leaders,
how to use leadership for group success, how to become the best leader you can be.
TBD COMMUNICATION ESSENTIALS 1 – 3 hours
Learn the basics of communication in leadership in this short course. Topics
addressed include: active listening, non-verbal communication, talking with
different audiences, effective writing tips and more. For the most basic audience.
TBD WILL MY PERSONALITY HELP ME TO BE A GOOD LEADER? 4 hours
People of all shapes, sizes and personalities can be leaders. But what is your
personality type and how does that affect your leadership? This short course is
designed to be self-revealing and give you better insight into who you are as a
person, and ultimately a leader. Tips on how to lead similar and differing
personalities are also included in this fun and insightful course. A completed &
submitted MBTI is a prerequisite for this course. There is a cost associated with this
TBD EMPOWERMENT – THE NEW FACE OF POWER 3 – 4 hours
Power plays a role within most of life’s interactions. And even though it is
necessary, many people give power a negative connotation. Empowerment, or the
sharing of power, is power for the next century. Learn how power has changed over
the years, exactly what empowerment is, how to incorporate it into your professional
interactions, and how to motivate others with empowerment.
TBD MOTIVATE ME? GOOD LUCK 1 – 3 hours
Motivation is another key component in effective leadership interactions. So how
can I use it to my advantage? Take this short course and learn the different types of
motivation, various methods for motivating different types of people, how
motivation is linked with leadership, and more.
TBD GOAL-SETTING AND ITS IMPORTANCE TO LEADERSHIP 1 – 2 hours
Another key leadership skill, goal-setting is important for even the most
fundamental leader. The great news is that goals are designed and written using a
very prescriptive step by step process. This short course addresses the basics of
good goal setting, how to implement goals once you have them developed, and how
to link effective goal setting to successful leadership.
TBD LEARNING HOW TO PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS – A STUDY IN 3 hours
Sometimes improving the leadership environment of your group or organization
may be as simple as learning how to get along. This seminar focuses on the basics
of conflict management, the role it plays within the organizational environment, and
how to use it to your advantage to encourage group action (or tolerance).
TBD NEGOTIATION – YOU CAN GET WHAT YOU WANT 2 hours
Negotiation doesn’t always have to be about compromise – everyone can get what
they want. Learn different techniques on negotiating to a solution, not a
MAIN COURSES (Full Day In-services/Seminars)
To sign up for the Extension in-services below, go to: https://dobson.ca.uky.edu/BegAsp/otmcal/otmcat.asp
Dates & Duration
Times Topic & Description
SEPTEMBER PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – WHO AM I? 6 hours
2008 The first building block to finding out your identity as a leader. We all serve in
some type of leadership capacity throughout our lives. This program will delve into
what leadership is, who you are as a leader, what your “self-leadership” perceptions
are, and how you can apply “leadership” into your current profession.
FEBRUARY WORKING TOGETHER MORE EFFECTIVELY – UNCOVERING 6 hours
2009 MY VALUE AS A COMMUNITY LEADER
Leadership within communities is different – people interact differently in
communities than they do in other teams, groups or organizations. So how is
community leadership different and where do I fit in? This program will hone in on
the difference of community leaders and how you can be a good leader and role
model within your community. Other topics addressed will include: building
relationships within the community, effective interaction in community settings,
issues to deal with as a community leader, and more.
MARCH WORKING TOGETHER MORE EFFECTIVELY PART II – USING 6 hours
2009 COLLABORATION TO ENHANCE MY LEADERSHIP CAPACITY
Part of being an effective leader within communities is learning to work with groups
more effectively. Whether the group is from within your community or coming
from another community, collaboration is important in building relationship bridges
and stretching resources. Learn the basics of collaboration, who to collaborate with,
the dos and don’ts of working together, and how to encourage others to collaborate.
TBD PROBLEM SOLVING & DECISION MAKING – HOW TO MAKE 8 hours
COMMUNITY FRIENDLY DECISIONS
Problem solving and decision making – two of the most challenging actions you will
take on as a community leader. But they don’t have to be. As part of this short
course, participants will learn the difference between effective decision making and
problem solving, and the reverse. Other topics include: step by step processes for
making the best decisions for your community, how to solve specific types of
problems, effective communication throughout both processes and even more.
TBD WORKING AS AN ETHICAL LEADER IN A NON-ETHICAL 6 – 8 hours
We’ve heard the names before – Enron, Tyco, Adelphia – all companies that went
under due to unethical leadership at the top. Community leaders also have a
responsibility to maintain the balance – between ethical and successful leadership.
During this short course, participants will take an in-depth look at current successful
and unsuccessful ethical leadership. Other topics addressed include: ethical
decision-making, how to be a values-oriented leader, dealing with ethical dilemmas,
and incorporating the right values and morals into your community leadership.
TBD CIVIC ENGAGEMENT – AN ESSENTIAL PIECE OF MAKING A 6 – 8 hours
DIFFERENCE IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Effective leadership training isn’t enough by itself; you must instill the desire in
your trainees become civically engaged – to give something back to the community.
Civic engagement is just that – becoming connected within the community while
working toward a planned action. This short course is designed to give participants
a working knowledge of what civic engagement is and how to encourage leader
trainees and constituents alike towards better civic engagement.
TBD WHO WANTS CHANGE? PARTNERING UP TO ADDRESS 6 hours
CHANGE WITH SUCCESSFUL RESULTS
Change is another aspect of life that is a constant; and is something every leader will
have to deal with, usually on a regular basis. Fortunately, dealing with change
doesn’t have to be unpleasant. This course discusses change and how it is associated
with leadership. Specific topics addressed include: basic definitions of change, how
community leaders can encourage positive change, how to effectively work as a
“gate keepers” of information, using change to encourage positive action, and
developing a more “change” oriented community.
TBD VISIONING YOUR COMMUNITY’S FUTURE – HOW TO MAKE A 6 hours
It is often said that leaders see the forest for the trees, and managers see only a large
group of trees comprising a forest. What this translates into is the leader sees the
“bigger” picture – or a vision for their organization. This course focuses on teaching
individual community leaders how to work with their respective group towards
developing a shared vision for the community or organization. Important topics
include: basic definitions of vision and mission statements, how to develop effective
vision/mission statements for your organization, how to lead your group where it
needs to go by starting out with an appropriate vision, and more.
TBD BUILDING BRIDGES WITH COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP – HOW 6 hours
TO USE RELATIONAL LEADERSHIP EFFECTIVELY
One important distinction between general leadership and community leadership is
the focus on the unique relationships found within communities. As such, it is
important for community leaders to be aware of the need for emphasis in developing
appropriate relationships across their communities. This short course does just that.
It connects the importance of developing social capital with the need to give back to
the community. Topics to be addressed include: basic relational leadership theory,
how to give back to your community by being an effective leader, the link between
relational and servant leadership, and how to encourage youth to engage and also
give back to their community.
TBD APPLYING SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO THE RIGHT 6 – 8 hours
Situational Leadership is one of the most fundamental leadership theories out there.
It is used in a wide variety of educational situations, and lends itself particularly well
to the community context. This short course encourages participants to learn the
basics about Situational Leadership, and apply them within their unique situations.
Completing and returning the provided assessment is a required prerequisite for the
course. A cost is associated with the course.
TBD TRANSFORMING YOUR FOLLOWERS – EMBRACING THE 6 – 8 hours
KOUZES AND POSNER WAY
The “main course” version of our Learning to Transform your Constituent into
Better Leaders workshop, this training takes an even more in-depth look at
Transformational Leadership. Participants will focus specifically on each of the five
principles and learn to use them in their own context.
DESSERTS (Advanced Short Courses)
Dates & Duration
Times Topic & Description
TBD GROUP DYNAMICS – FINDING OUT WHERE I FIT 4 hours
ACCORDING TO MY KAI SCORE
Knowing how to work within groups is huge in today’s society.
Having a working knowledge of your “preferred problem-solving
style” will illuminate how you prefer to go about making important
decisions – and how you work with others whose style may differ
from yours. This training includes: analysis and discussion of KAI
style, background of KAI theory, practical applications of knowledge
(and if interested, personal one-on-one group time with the trainer to
assist with group dynamics). There is a cost associated with this
TBD VISIONING A BETTER FUTURE FOR MY 4 hours
This intensive 4 hour seminar focuses on developing a vision for your
community, group or organization and how this can benefit both the
group and those involved. Specific aspects include: determining the
definition of a vision and mission statement, developing a group
vision and actively applying this vision to specific mission statements
and goals. This training is best done with a significant portion of the
group of interest present.
TBD CULTIVATING RELATIONSHIPS – HELPING TO 3 hours
DEVELOP SOCIAL CAPITAL IN MY COMMUNITY
An important component of community leadership, learning how to
develop and maintain social capital relationship is invaluable for
every community leader. Topics include: basic understanding of
relationship development, link to leadership, and how to build the
internal bridges within a community essential to community viability.
For more information about any of the courses mentioned above, please contact me using the
information listed below:
Kristina G. Ricketts
Assistant Extension Professor
304 Garrigus Building
Community & Leadership Development
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0215