LWC Graduates have a holistic view of our community: Who are the influencers? What issues does our community face now and in the future? What has made our community what it is today? What steps do we need to take to be successful in the future?
If your business is looking to influence what happens in our community, LWC is a great way to get your employees involved. Our graduates make up a list of who’s who in community leadership and those who have taken the lead in helping make our community better.
Some participants come into the program as strong leaders already, others find their leadership stride within the program, but ALL participants grow from the experience both personally and professionally from what they’ve learned. Participants come out of the program, not only with a group of close knit contacts, but also colleagues who often serve as trusted mentors and advisers for years.
A significant part of the program involves small group projects. It’s astounding to see what a motivated group of committed leaders can do in a short period of time. This helps shape the abilities of all participants and they bring this influence back to their homes and workplaces.
All organizations, both corporate and non-profit, need people with strong and diverse leadership abilities. Markets demand that we move faster and smarter and this requires thinking and action that are different from the past. One of the most critical skills to develop is leadership ability: of others and of self. In the past, it was ok to have a few leaders who made things happen within and organization. Today, leadership skills are critical at all levels to maintain vision and innovate. Corporations need to increase market share, non-profits need to increase their donor-base, government organizations look for more efficient ways to serve their constituencies.
This is why First Data, Citi, United Way, Volvo, Susquehanna, Washington County Public Schools have sent many of their people through the LWC program. Developing strong leaders within their organizations helps keep them competitive. Developing leadership abilities both inside and outside the workplace gives a critical, balanced perspective that can greatly influence their work teams and at the same time, helping create community leaders with a vested interest in where we live and work.
Interested in having your company showcased as a sponsor of Leadership Washington County? Email our Executive Director, Tara Sargent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.