Leadership makes positive things happen in the community. Our community leadership programs help to develop knowledgeable, skilled, committed, and action-oriented leaders.  Participants from diverse backgrounds and different perspectives enhance their existing leadership skills and gain a better understanding of themselves and their role as community leaders.  

Our Community Leadership Programs are designed to:

  • identify emerging and existing leaders,
  • increase their knowledge, skills and attitudes about leadership, and
  • demonstrate how strong leadership can support a community in reaching its goals.   

We achieve this by:

  • Providing customized training in leadership development to communities throughout Georgia;
  • Offering technical assistance to existing community leadership development programs and to communities that want to start these programs;
  • Conducting community-wide scans and audits of leadership vitality;
  • Developing and delivering next-level programs for graduates of leadership development programs;
  • Partnering with existing statewide leadership organizations such as the Georgia Chamber of Commerce,
  • Leadership Georgia, and others to increase our reach to new audiences.

We also provide — under the Community Leadership Program umbrella — training in:

  • mediation
  • arbitration
  • early neutral evaluation
  • conflict transformation
  • dialogue
  • deliberation

We offer three types of programs: 

The Community Leadership Program, which is a basic leadership development program for emerging leaders in communities throughout the state.  This program is based on the 5th Edition of the Fanning Institute’s Community Leadership Program and can be customized to the needs of the community. The curriculum is divided into several broad topics relevant to community leadership and includes modules that address particular areas within each one. Each topic has a broad learning objective with specific goals. Fanning offers information that allows leaders to learn, understand, or clarify issues on a particular topic as well as apply what they have learned. We also offer technical assistance to support the training and to ensure the sustainability of the program. 

Our Next Level Community Leadership Program is for communities that have gone through the basic Community Leadership Program program and seek additional training and technical assistance for complex issues such as intractable conflict or crisis brought on by a sudden change in the community, the region or the state.  These modules are highly interactive and contain a website component to create a learning community where participants can constantly connect, learn and grow.
Customized Community Leadership Programs, which we develop to meet a particular need for a community group.

In addition, we offer:

  • Customized Services
  • Technical Assistance
  • Train-the-Trainer Programs
  • Leadership assessment