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About ULAA

The U-Lead Advisory Academy is a leadership cohort. Our cohorts are designed to bring a group of people together to learn from, and with, each other in an intentional learning experience over an extended period of time. ULAA is organized into four dynamic phases.

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Phase 1: EXPERIENCE in-depth leadership education

Phase 1 of the program is an intensive learning phase. During this phase, you will expand your leadership knowledge and skills to help you lead in the face of change. Your learning will be enhanced through the numerous site visits and speakers highlighting Extension's research, programs and partnerships. Using Community Vitality's Leadership Competency Model as a guide, you'll discover the competencies leaders of today need to tackle today's complex community issues. You will explore areas such as powerful communication, positive psychology, motivation, individual strengths, effective teams, engaging others, navigating conflict and more.

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Phase 2: APPLY new concepts and ideas

During Phase 2, or apply phase, you will apply what you have learned to your current projects or efforts. It is a time to tap your new networks, test out ideas, and take strategic action with a system of support to help you face the challenges along the way.

During this phase there will be informal learning sessions where participants can gain powerful insights from one another through group coaching and peer learning opportunities. You'll also have access to optional webinars and resources that you can access when your schedule allows.

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Phase 3: SHARE through synthesis, EXPAND through a national study tour

Phase 3 is about sharing what you've learned with your fellow participants and expanding your learning through a national study tour.

You'll come together for a capstone retreat. There, you will share how you applied the leadership techniques and what worked (and what didn't).

We'll then embark on the national study tour to expand upon our learning at a national level.

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Phase 4: Commencement and RENEW with the ULAA Community of Practice

In Phase 4, you'll join the ULAA Community of Practice. It will begin with the commencement from your cohort year and introduce you to other ULAA alumni leaders and innovators to build capacity for the next evolution of work in Minnesota communities. In the spring of each year, a ULAA alumni retreat will allow you to continue to build your competence, confidence and connections through workshops and networking opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to participate in an international study tour as well. Cultural competency has been named one of the most crucial skills for leaders of today. Travel with fellow participants as you gain valuable experiences and practice your leadership skills in a global context.

Registration for ULAA 8 will start in the spring of 2017. Check back soon for details.

Related Resources

Integral Leadership Approach View University of Minnesota Extension's leadership model.

Leadership makes a difference — Read the testimonials of past participants who have graduated from University of Minnesota Extension's leadership and civic engagement programs.

About the Leadership and Civic Engagement Alumni site — A one-stop resource hub designed to support alumni.

Leadership and Civic Engagement — Web resources to help you develop a program in your community.

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