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Do you have a formal leadership development program?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeanette Toohey, OLLI at University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

Do you have a formal leadership development (not succession) program? What plans and processes do you have in place to develop potential leaders?

2 Responses to “Do you have a formal leadership development program?”


  1. We use “on the job” training for our volunteers. Typically a person is on a committee for a couple of years before being asked to lead. The committees select their own leaders from those who express interest. Often nly one person steps forward.


  2. We inaugurated an OLLI Leadership Development Program this summer.Thirteen members selected for leadership potential engaged in program held on the four Thursdays in June. We met at our Educational and Cultural Partner sites to provide in-depth information about all facets of our program. The ultimate goal was to secure commitments for important committee postions. We had spekers from the non-profit sector who provided insight into how OLLI is a vital component of the local economy, we had a history lesson concerning our predecessor organization and how it became an OLLI, and we had speakers ranging from Kali Lightfoot to the President of Williams College talk about the importance of our mission. The success of the program is measured by the fact that 12 of the 13 participants now hold leadership positions in our Development, PR, Mentoring and Membership committees. In addition, we have new support on two of our curriculum committees.

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