How to Develop Community Leadership in Your Community
Community leaders can be created and developed. You can learn how to find and develop leaders in your community by
dowloading the free Community Leadership
Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee instituted a successful
Community Leadership Project in 1986.
They provide a training ground for low-income people and others who are
interested in expanding their leadership abilities to help their communities.
Each year, 32 residents are selected.They attend monthly forums that develop their leadership skills and
increase their understanding of the larger community. They learn how community involvement can help them achieve their personal
and community goals. The Community
Leadership Project produces and
enhances effective leadership qualities. It increases their understanding of other agencies, policies and economic
practices that affect low-income families.It stimulates visionary thinking.
It encourages people to act to invent their futures.
The success of
the Community Leadership Project in Knoxville-Knox County is impressive.
Since 1986, hundreds of participants have refined their leadership skills
through interaction with CAA staff, other community representatives,
neighborhood people, city and county employees, media personnel, local
businesses, and school officials. They
have ridden in police cars, surveyed local schools, met with television anchor
persons, toured service facilities, and learned about community financing.
They have reviewed principles and methods of leadership, and explored how
to develop and apply their own leadership capabilities.The purposes of the Community Leadership Project are to:
* develop 21st
Century Servant Leaders
* train leaders to bring
people together at the neighborhood level;
* to identify issues of
* to lead a process of
planning the needed solutions; and
* to initiate and
carry out actions in pursuit of their solutions.
You can create this capacity in
your community. This is an
inexpensive program to operate and it attracts a lot of positive media
attention. This Workbook takes you through the steps of creating and
managing this program. It has sample
flyers, letters, press releases, forms, and agendas ready for you to use to
produce leaders in your community.
P.S. This is the
only leadership development program that is focused primarily on
helping CAA’s expand their in-house ability to help low-income people become
more effective ‘servant leaders.’
Click here to get the document: How to Develop Community Leadership Workbook 6th Edition (.doc)
By John Carver,
This publication incites action by providing members of the board
with the theoretical framework for running the agency. It includes sample policies
divided into four areas of board responsibility. It introduces the technology of Policy
Governance for nonprofit organizations as conceived and practiced by John Carver, Ph.D.
This paper summarizes the salient principles which characterize excellence in governing an
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