Program Core Competencies
- 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
- Team Building: ability to inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust; facilitate cooperation and motivate team members to accomplish group goals
- Creativity: ability to reexamine traditional strategies and practices, and proactively look for new ideas and ways to improve products, services, and work processes
- 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
- Asset Discovery: understanding of Chautauqua County business sectors and industry, available resources, and recreational activities
- Organization Skills: ability to manage duties through wise planning, time optimization, detail orientation and prioritization
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Social Intelligence: capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves and for managing emotions effectively in others and ourselves especially in social interactions
- 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
“While I may have been born with some gifts for leadership and administration, they were raw and unrefined until my CLN experience (Class of 2010). During my sessions, I gained practical skills and knowledge about my specific behaviors and traits that I continue to lean on almost daily. I continue to grow as a leader and I can’t imagine where I would be without the CLN experience. As the leader of a nonprofit organization, I love extending the CLN class opportunity to members of my team. Each person we have encouraged to participate experiences personal growth, deepens their connection to the community, and builds a stronger network of peers. The unanticipated benefit are the new volunteers that find their way to our community committees through those new relationships. In my role as leader of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, there are daily reminders of why community leadership development is key to our shared success. Our greatest resources are the talented, committed individuals who choose to live, work and play here and CLN is part of the foundation of our bright future.”
Tory Irgang, Executive Director
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Chautauqua Leadership Network claimed that I would ……
Improve my leadership skills.
I did, even though I thought I had heard it all before.
Expand my awareness of Chautauqua County–its assets, and challenges.
Absolutely, my classmates made me understand the assets of our area in a way no one else had ever explained, and with passion, through their stories.
Establish a framework for leadership focused on community development.
Framework makes CLN sound impersonal. CLN is extraordinarily personal in the way it connects people and develops relationships within the county.
Create a network with knowledgeable committed trained leaders, “difference makers” in Chautauqua County.
The individuals I met in CLN, and have since developed relationships with, are the difference makers. They have compassion, understanding, and empathy for what is truly happening in Chautauqua County.
Provide an opportunity that is above and beyond the training they have in their chosen professions.
The training through CLN took each of us outside of our ‘comfort zone’ and so-called areas of expertise. We learned skills that were outside of our professional careers but that would broaden our horizons and make us more empathetic and understanding leaders.
But the most impactful, meaningful and lasting benefit is that CLN created a robust network.
I developed a relationship with classmates that I may never have become acquainted with. These individuals have not only become mentors, but also mentees. They provide unique resources, based on their individual background and skillset, that I will look to and utilize into the unforeseeable future.
John Felton, CEO
Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union