Investing in Minnesota's community leaders
"You don't have to save the whole world. Just save your hometown. It'll add up."
—Vice-President Hubert Humphrey
Extension celebrates everyday leaders who make a difference — whether they work on local issues or provide leadership at the county, regional, state or even national level. Leadership comes from everywhere, and we are eager to work with people who provide community leadership in Minnesota.
Why invest in leadership education?
Leadership education is worth the effort because studies have documented a connection between successful communities and strong leadership. Successful communities are good at:
- Building and transitioning leadership over time.
- Supporting a diverse group of individuals to fill community leadership roles, including women, young people and new residents.
- Providing leadership opportunities for new, emerging, mid-career and retiring leaders to learn and contribute.
- Using local resources and people to create a better community.
- Focusing on leadership for neighborhood groups, public issues and the whole community.
Extension studies the effectiveness of its leadership education programs every year.
Ways to get started
Assess your strengths
What leadership qualities exist in your community? Use our assessment to find out your top leadership attributes and priorities.
Find a program
Extension, in partnership with community groups and organizations, provides a variety of local and sponsored leadership programs.
Consult with an educator
Bring leadership education to your community or group.
Our approach to leadership
Our leadership and civic engagement educators deliver research-informed education in long-term programs where participants learn, connect with others and practice skills. Our goal is to help community leaders succeed using information and connections to people and resources.
For help developing your community's leadership strategy, contact an educator in your region.