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Leadership approach and models

Research and community-focused approach

Our approach to leadership and civic engagement is grounded in research. But we always keep the real needs of communities in mind. Blending these perspectives, we create models that inform our work with leaders and help design educational programs in communities.

Model for leadership

Leadership model

Our leadership model recognizes that leaders are doers. It considers what community leaders need to know and do to be successful. We use this model to design programs that help leaders develop themselves, their relationships and their approach to leadership.

Learn about our leadership model

Model for civic engagement

Civic engagement model

Our civic engagement model provides a step-by-step approach communities can take when they engage in decision making. We help leaders understand the importance of each step and provide tools and strategies to develop an effective decision-making process.

Learn about our civic engagement model

Model for social capital

Social capital model

Our social capital model describes how relationships make a difference in communities. We help leaders and groups look at where networks are strong and weak in their community. With this information, communities can become connected in new and helpful ways.

Learn about our social capital model

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Extension educators work in communities with partners throughout Minnesota. Contact us for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.

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