Are leaders born or are they made? While the philosophers debate that question, consider this: For over a decade, Extension and the Ohio Sea Grant College Program have partnered with the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce to provide training focused on leadership skill development to more than 300 aspiring, new and experienced public officials.
This educational offering, now in its 13th year, is the longest running local government leadership academy in Ohio. The Academy curriculum includes materials that support eleven face to face workshops and is designed for elected officials from county, municipal and township governments, and for appointed individuals who serve on local government committees, commissions, boards or task forces. The 2015 class graduated twenty-five participants from a variety of local government backgrounds.
For more information about Academy offerings, including general and elective workshop topics, click here. To read more about this program’s impact, click here. To weigh in on the question (born or made?) feel free to post a comment!!
(Submitted by Joe Lucente, Assistant Professor and Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension and Ohio Sea Grant College Program)