Orientation Program

The Orientation Program is a one year curriculum for new members.  It begins with an Opening Retreat in late February and continues with half or whole day sessions every three to four weeks until early December.

Opening Retreat

The two-day opening retreat is designed to build a foundation for the orientation year by covering a combination of transformational leadership theories and strengths-based development activities. The curriculum focuses on three of the core leadership competencies including: self-awareness, team building and creativity and is designed to:

1. Provide participants with the knowledge, understanding, and tools to explore the process of self-discovery.

2. Explore a wide range of leadership definitions to better understand individual and personal tendencies and other commonly used leadership skills. 

3. Discover creative approaches to leadership and how to lead regardless of position or title.

4. Create a personalized leadership development plan using the StrengthsFinder Assessment
Tool as an impetus for self-exploration.

5. Allow ample time for retreat participants to interact and engage with each other to support the expansion of personal networks.

Program Sessions
Following the retreat, class participants will participate in monthly, half-day sessions that cover a wide-range of leadership topics that are related to one or more of the 11 core leadership competencies. Sessions are led by a combination of experienced facilitators, CLN Alumni, as well as the class members themselves! Topics and facilitators will change from year to year to ensure the program stays relevant and engaging to not only current class members, but for alumni as well.

Leaders in Action
As part of the program year, CLN wants class members to put their newly developed leadership skills to good use! Leaders in Action is an opportunity for class members to work together as a team to deliver a class session focused on a selected leadership competency. More information on this assignment is shared at the retreat.

Core Leadership Competencies

Chautauqua Lectures

Skill Building

Asset Awareness


Networking Events

1. Self Awareness:  an honest understanding of your own values, desires, thought patterns, motivations, goals and ambitions, emotional responses, strengths and weaknesses, and effect on others.

2. Team Building:  ability to inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust; facilitate cooperation and motivate team members to accomplish group goals.

3. Creativity:  ability to reexamine traditional strategies and practices, and proactively look for new ideas and ways to improve products, services, and work processes.

4. Communication:  ability to clearly convey information, expectations, and ideas to individuals and groups in ways that produce effective coordination; delivers and receives feedback with candor and civility.

5. Asset Discovery:  understanding of Chautauqua County business sectors and industry, available resources, and recreational activities.

6. Organization Skills:  the ability to manage duties through wise planning, time optimization, detail orientation and prioritization.

7. Developing Others:  seeks opportunities to motivate and mentor individuals professionally; empower others to take on responsibilities; foster optimism and energy for reaching goals; help individuals develop broader understanding of potential career opportunities.

8. Ethics/Integrity:  ability to instill mutual trust and confidence, create a culture that fosters high standards of ethics, behave in a fair and ethical manner toward others, and demonstrate a sense of corporate responsibility and commitment to service.

9. Leading Change:  ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals; ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

10. Social Intelligence:  capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves and for managing emotions effectively in ourselves and others especially in social interactions.

11. Networking/Building partnerships:  ability to develop contacts with people who are a source of information and support and maintaining those contacts through various methods; ability to identify and initiate working relationships and to develop and maintain them in a way that is of mutual benefit to both yourself and the other party.

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