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Leadership resource publications

Extension’s leadership resources focus on what people need to lead in communities. Grounded in research done by the University of Minnesota and other institutions, these resources help you strengthen, grow and learn new knowledge and skills to solve problems and create a better community.

Publications for purchase


Building Leadership Programs Management Guide

Do you want to establish programs to strengthen leadership in your community? This guide is full of information, tools and examples gleaned from over 20 years of our work in Minnesota. Extension has helped rural and urban communities develop and manage successful leadership programs.

Use this guide to discover information on leadership education from making the case to evaluating the results.

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Committees that Work

Getting work done in committees and in meetings is a critical dimension of civic life. This guide is for community leaders, educators, professionals or anyone who wants to build effective local groups. Find helpful tools and ideas for leading and serving on committees.

The guide identifies "traps" that can stall committee work and offers solutions to help avoid or get out of those situations. Traps explored include getting stuck in conflict, letting private interests influence public decisions, filling seats with the "usual suspects," and more.

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Facilitation Resources

Those who work with organizations have learned the need for effective facilitation skills. Facilitation Resources, available as a set of eight volumes, is an effort to enhance group facilitation techniques. These volumes explore the skills needed for organizations and nonprofit groups to facilitate important discussions vital to the organization and to the community.

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