What is it?
Leadership Dickson County is a program to develop a diverse network of leaders throughout the county with a broad understanding of the area’s community needs and issues. The mission of Leadership Dickson County is to establish an ongoing program which will nurture the most valuable community resource-its people. The result will be the establishment of an ever-enlarging group of people with visions for the future who can transform followers into colleagues for progress rather than resisters of change.
How does it work?
A group of community leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences participate in a program of activities and events that will broaden their perspectives and decision-making skills to better address community needs and resources. These men and women may be nominated by individuals, organizations/businesses or may nominate themselves. The program consists of a two-day opening retreat, seven program days and a closing retreat as well as a graduation ceremony. Prior to the start of each year’s class, eight different one day programs will be planned. A topic of community interest or issues will be the subject of each program.
The agenda may include but is not limited to:
- Health Care
- Social Services
- Economic Development
- Skills Development
- Team Projects
The day’s program might include plenary sessions, group discussions, role play exercises, site visits, tours, etc. For example, a day on education might involve visiting several schools and/or meeting area school officials.
What happens at the end?
The end of each year’s program will not be the end of participant involvement. Leadership Dickson County Alumni Association provides educational and social opportunities for the participants. Alumni also support the program by assisting with planning for future programs and by identifying potential participants. In addition, a directory is published of the graduating class which also includes the alumni directory.
How can someone participate?
Candidates for Leadership Dickson County must submit an application for the program. The final make-up of the class will be determined by a Selection Committee appointed by the Leadership Board of Directors.
What is the cost?
Leadership Dickson County is a tuition based program. The participant or his/her sponsoring organization or business is expected to cover the cost. Limited scholarships are available. For details of the scholarship program, please contact the program coordinator. Tuition for the class is $375 with a $25 application fee due when application is submitted.
What are the benefits?
Most of us know less about our local government and civic organizations than we do about our national government and organizations. It is difficult to assume a leadership position in the community unless you are informed. Leadership Dickson County helps develop leaders with more awareness and sensitivity to community issues. Participants will establish a network that cuts across social, economic, professional and jurisdictional lines. Lastly, the community benefits by having a cadre of people with a greater understanding and appreciation of community issues and how these issues need to be addressed.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact us at:
Leadership Dickson County
Download application here