Leadership Decorah works to enhance participants leadership qualities through educational programming, group and individual projects, and readings. Our goal is to inspire participants to take an active role in shaping our community and your business.
During the nine month program, participants will enhance their leadership skills in order to assume leadership roles and be exposed to opportunities within the community.
The DACC feels it is important to play a role in transition of professional and community leadership. It is crucial to develop leadership skills in both managers and volunteers to ensure the future success of the Decorah area the business community.
Limit: 12 participants
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
September 29, 2017
October 27, 2017
November 10, 2017
December 8, 2017
January 26, 2018
February 2, 2018
March 23, 2018
April 13, 2018
May 10, 2018 Reception
“When I started Leadership Decorah, I anticipated learning about basic leadership skills and how to apply them to our own workplaces. But what we got was much more. This program has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with the Decorah community and its leaders, as well as develop essential tools and resources to have an engaged, positive experience in all facets of life.”
James Odegaard, Luther College
Ginny Wilson Peters
Ginny’s sessions will guide students on a path to earn their leadership wings and create positive change. She will focus on the Enneagram personality assessment to help discover each participants personal leadership skills. Participants will also develop a personal leadership
action plan to create measurable change, gain insight into personal strengths and weaknesses to create a foundation for growth, enhance their ability to lead and communicate effectively, make new business contacts and grow support networks. This program is focused on personal leadership with an introduction to organizational leadership. You will be motivated to create change in your life and organization.
Lead By Example
Participants will learn ways to effectively lead the way by example. As leaders, participants will learn that part of their job is to inspire the people around them and to push themselves – and, in turn, the company – to greatness. Participants will be shown that the way to lead is by having a willingness to do it yourself. Participants will be asked to think about inspiring people who have changed the world with their examples. What can we learn from them? One of the best ways to build trust with the team is to lead by example.
Improving Team Effectiveness
Think about the first work team you were on. You probably discovered that each person had a unique way of doing things, and that those differences could cause confusion, stagnation, or frustration. Participants will learn simple, intuitive ways to make lasting improvements in team effectiveness while using specific strategies to face the challenges of motivation, conflict and communication.
Dealing With Difficult Employees
Take a time out from the inevitable office tensions and learn how to deal effectively with difficult behavior and troublesome confrontation in the workplace. Participants will identify communication strategies, discuss coping skills for common hot-button issues, and practice how to resolve conflict with win-win outcomes.
After so many organizational “hiccups” throughout the last few decades, the philosophy of Servant Leadership is back in vogue across both business and non-profit sectors, and even larger companies like Southwest Airlines and Starbucks are leading the charge to think about conducting commerce in ways that focus on serving others. Dr. Withers will shares the history of this management/leadership philosophy and how it can be better implemented and measured in each participants organization. There has never been a time in recent history where service to others and effective stakeholder relations were at a premium, especially when technology is driving such significant change.
ne’s session will assist students in increasing self-awareness, building their lives on their greatest talents. Using Clifton StrengthFinders Assessment pioneered by GALLUP®, the students will examine each of their top 5 talents while exploring the entire 34 talents. There will be activities to explore ways to take their talents into areas where they want to improve and increase their performance in the workplace and personal life. Participants will learn how to use the talents of others to create the most effective team with your co-workers. The focus will be on what THEY do best.
City of Decorah
A large component to being a strong leader is knowing where to find and how to use local resources. Students will be introduced to the many functions of city government, how the city operates and what is required of elected officials. Chad will also discuss new initiatives within the city, strengths of the Decorah area and challenges we may be facing. Chad will be joined by the newly elected Mayor of Decorah.