WOODSTOCK – In an effort to address the growing need for leadership development in the McHenry County region, Michael S. Eesley, Centegra President and CEO, recently announced the launch of Leadership Greater McHenry County (LGMC), a personal development program designed to train individuals in becoming the leaders of tomorrow.
Led by Roger Schlies, LGMC encompasses a yearlong course of study where participants from diverse backgrounds enlarge their understanding of the strengths and issues facing our community. “Quality leadership is critical to the success of the ongoing development of the community in which we live, work and raise our families,” Schlies said. “LGMC is committed to recruiting these future leaders and equipping them with the tools they need to meet the future demands and face the increasing challenges of the community,” he added.
Based on a national framework offered through the Community Leadership Association, LGMC participants will gain an understanding of the community and learn about group behavior, transformational leadership, identifying root causes and enhancing the leadership skills needed to address the critical issues faced by our community. Participants will also gain team building, organizational, problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills as well as knowledge of the functions of healthcare, government, education, economic development, volunteerism and human needs.
“Not only will the community benefit from the development of leaders through LGMC, but there are also added benefits to employers as well as to participants,” Schlies said. “Participants will walk out of the program with a stronger sense of personal vision and purpose as well as executive leadership skills in effective communication, ethics, decision making, and critical and creative thinking, all which can be utilized in their personal careers and everyday lives. Employers will benefit by having an employee with enhanced morale and increased organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills,” he said.
Graduates from LGMC will also have the added benefit of participating in the program with other influential community and business leaders for future opportunities for partnerships, collaborations and new business development. /
LGMC’s goal is to engage candidates who represent the greatest cross-section of the community including those in business, education, government, arts, clergy, service and community organizations of various ethnic, age and gender groups. “We are looking for individuals who have a genuine concern for the future of McHenry County and a strong desire to be personally involved in shaping its direction,” Schlies, said.
Participants in LGMC will make a one-year commitment. The yearlong program begins with a two-day retreat and continues over a nine-month span with eight classes, which are planned and facilitated by the class participants themselves. Cost for the program is $1,500 and partial scholarships are available to those needing tuition assistance.
“Our nation is suffering from a lack of trustworthy leadership. I believe that by establishing LGMC, we are taking a proactive approach by starting on the community level to restore people’s confidence in our future leaders,” Schlies said. For more information, call Roger Schlies, Coordinator, Leadership Greater McHenry County, at 815-206-5337.