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Find educational resources below that include articles, podcasts and videos to help strengthen leadership skills and community engagement.
Is your community willing to invest in its future? Take our assessment and discover your community's leadership strengths and priorities.
Social capital is the glue that holds communities together. Learn about building trust and basic ways to grow it every day.
How do charismatic leaders impact communities? Learn how the relationship between them and their followers offers key insights to experienced and future community leaders.
Read our Vital Insights news blog for current topics on leadership and civic engagement.
(12/27/2121) As educators, we read a lot. Check out our recommendations for five books that have influenced our discussions during the year.
(12/13/2121) For leaders, creating public value and common good can be a daunting task. Learn how to find joy and simplicity while living in leadership.
(11/15/2121) Questions that go beyond a yes and no response make conversations pop. Learn about the "what, so what, now what" questioning approach to better engage with others.
(10/25/2121) Good intentions and investments in leadership training and education don’t always get us the results we seek. Two actions can help with your leadership education and development.
Listen to conversations on community-focused topics.
(8/17/2121) Hear our conversation with Brenda Child about the legacy of boarding schools and its impact on tribal land, American Indian education, and more.
(7/2/2121) Listen as we talk to Dustin Burnette who shares his leadership journey and efforts to create an Indigenous immersion network.
(6/8/2121) Listen as we talk with Sarah Agaton Howes as she shares stories about resilience, heartache and perseverance.
(4/6/2121) Join us for a conversation with Dr. Anton Treuer. Listen as he shares stories about resiliency and how it has influenced his leadership journey.
Explore community news from Extension about leadership and civic engagement. Find more articles
Extension welcomed 200 graduates from eight community leadership programs as alumni this year.
Extension proudly welcomes 22 graduates from the Bridging Brown County program. Learn more this leadership program and its new alumni.
Learn about the Connecting Nicollet County leadership program and its future alumni.
Extension proudly welcomes 23 graduates from the LINC Redwood County program. Learn more about this leadership program and its new alumni.
For program alumni
"I will become more involved in my community. No more staying behind the scenes."— Tina Swanson, Emerging Leadership Program, 2016
Extension strengthens the leadership and civic engagement skills of community members across Minnesota. Our educators have guided thousands of participants through their leadership journey.
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