17 County Leadership Accepts Applications

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23 May 2022

York County Development Corporation's 2nd Class of 17-County Leadership Program

        York County Development Corporation (YCDC) organized a leadership program in 2021, with the help of Cultivate Rural Leaders. The program has transitioned to being facilitated by Dr. Shannon Leinen, Professor of York College’s Master of Arts in Organizational and Global Leadership program. Up to 17 leaders will be selected for the 2022 program, which will run through October 2022. Applications will be due June 30th.

            Participants will meet for three, four-hour sessions as a group to improve their leadership skills and connect with other rising leaders in the county. Participants will also be involved in three, one-on-one leadership coaching calls to evaluate their strengths in the workplace and community and complete a 360-degree leadership evaluation.

            “Developing leaders is a key to the future success of our county, so we are being proactive to provide a program dedicated to this. We know improved leadership will make our local businesses stronger and provide for the leadership in the county to keep moving forward,” said Lisa Hurley, Executive Director.

2021 Class participant Lonnie Berger “This program has been excellent. Regardless of where you may be in your leadership journey, you will be challenged in your thinking and in your leadership. There's something for every leader in this class!”

            Leadership development will be completed through projects in class, based on material from The Leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner. Major topics covered will include modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart. In addition to the classroom activities, individuals will also participate in three, one-on-one coaching sessions around strengths and improving leadership skills based on their individual survey feedback.

            The program involves the presentation of new material, class interaction, and time for reflection. “To learn leadership, it is important to learn new information as an individual, but also have the support of a cohort as you grow,” said Dr. Leinen, who will facilitate the program. Dr. Leinen went on to say, “The amazing outcome I see from this program is how individuals grow in their own leadership for their organization and at the same time develop meaningful relationships with other leaders for future partnerships and that makes rural Nebraska work.”

            YCDC is recruiting individuals to participate in the program and businesses to sponsor employees to attend. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Emily Perry at eperry@yorkdevco.com or 402.362.3333 or go to https://www.yorkdevco.com/workforce/17-county-leadership.

Thank you to our sponsors

Partners:  Central Valley Ag, Cornerstone Bank, & EDF Renewables

Associates:  Agri Products, Inc., Black Hills, Penner’s Tire & Auto, Perennial Public Power District, York Chamber:  York General and York State Bank

Supporter:  Kopsa Otte, Jenson Lumber, and NPPD

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