Founded in 1998, Sidney Area Leadership Program is designed to develop the leadership potential within our community. Sidney Area Leadership Program brings together individuals of diverse backgrounds and experiences with demonstrated talent and commitment . The program offers these selected individuals a unique opportunity to explore the resources of their community and the impact of social and economic changes on the Sidney area.
What to Expect
Leadership Sidney examines topics including: Learning Agility, Effective Management, Creative Thinking, Achieving Your Goals, Customer Service, Navigating Risk, Social Capital and Respect. Each class incorporates local community leaders as presenters and activities include "kitchen-table-style" community conversations. Classes often include a tour. Classes are interactive and delve into personal and professional growth. Each class is responsible for the completion of a community project prior to graduation. The class project is the focus of the second year of the program.
Tuition helps offset the cost of meals, speaker expenses, administrative fees, and supplies necessary to run the program. Participants are encouraged to ask their employer to sponsor their tuition fees in return for the skills and knowledge they will bring back to the workplace. Participants are provided all class materials along with tangible take-aways including a headshot.
Those selected to the program will attend seven Issue Days between September and April from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Each issue day is held in Sidney and includes a combination of lectures, panel discussions, small groups and field excursions. In addition, class participants will participate in other enrichment activities: the Chamber Banquet, a School Board meeting, a City /Town Council meeting, attend a board meeting for a board they are not active in, and volunteer at a Chamber event. A full schedule of times, places, obligations and other details will be sent to all successful candidates. The second year, class participants will present on their "Leadership In Action" as well as complete a class project.