Leading Local is an interactive workshop for new or emerging community leaders on key concepts related to serving on a board. This workshop help participants:

  • Feel better prepared to serve as an effective board, council or committee member
  • Gain tools you can use to help your organization make real progress towards its goals
  • Learn about how different generations volunteer and lead differently
  • Learn the elements of a productive, yet enjoyable meeting

MSU Extension Community Development can schedule the workshop at a time that is convenient to your community.  The times below serve as a sample of the schedule.

Topics Covered
Noon – 12:15 
Opening, welcome, introductions
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.

Generations Lead Differently

Review of leadership style differences by generation
1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Effective Meetings

  • What makes a good meeting
  • Typical meeting problems
  • Tools to use to avoid problems
15 minute break


2:15 to 3 p.m.

Engaging Board Members*

  • Easy tools to communicate what is needed of board members
  • Take a fresh look at how you recruit
  • Ideas for capturing the energy of new board members 
3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

How Setting Your Course Can Help Energize Your Organization*

  • Getting everyone on the same page for efficiency and action
  • Planning for action
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Wrap-up, debrief, next steps

MSU Extension provides: 

  • One trainer for session
  • Copies of hand-outs for each participant
  • Flyer, press release and social media templates for promotion

County Extension Office Provides:

  • Location
  • Publicity
  • Refreshments


Click here to submit your request for more information.