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  • Leadership Ashland Program Curriculum

    As a community leadership program, Leadership Ashland is dedicated to providing participants with actionable leadership skills that can be applied in their workplace, as well as in the larger community. Leadership Ashland is not just about leadership theories- it is about equipping leaders with the practical skills necessary to create effective teams and improve organizational performance. Through a combination of classroom and experiential learning, participants have the opportunity to develop heightened awareness of their strengths, learning style, and what it means to be a leader capable of facilitating discussion and building relationships on all levels.

    Upon graduation, our Leadership Ashland participants are equipped with critical, 21st century skills necessary to be successful in their respective organizations as well as in the community. An example of enhanced community leadership that results from Leadership Ashland is seen in the number of graduates who are board members for agencies that serve Ashland County.

  • Curriculum Overview:

    • StrengthsFinder 2.0 Assessment:  Participants learn their top 5 strengths and how important it is to have different strengths on a team.
    • Tuckman Stages of Group Development: Participants learn about the Four Stages of Group Development  (Forming/Gathering--Storming/Chaos--Norming/Unity--Performing) and how to move a team through each stage.
    • Kolb’s Learning Styles Inventory: Participants learn how they take in information (Concrete Experience vs. Abstract Conceptualization) and how they use information (Reflective Observation vs. Active Experimentation).
    • Facilitative Leadership: Participants rate their own facilitative leadership behaviors and then learn how to use Appreciative Inquiry to ask powerful questions to help address challenges.
    • Collaboration: Participants practice collaborative problem solving using their strengths, learning style and powerful questions. They also learn the process needed to create successful collaborative initiatives.
    • Compassionate Accountability: Participants learn the importance of being able to move on a continuum between compassion and accountability when working with others in their organization and the community to achieve results.
    • Board Development: Participants have the opportunity to sit in a “mock” board meeting where they experience the components of a well-run board meeting. They also learn about board governance and boards that serve Ashland County.
    • Ashland County: Via a day-long bus tour, participants explore Ashland County from North to South, visiting various sites to gain an understanding of all that Ashland County has to offer.