Fellows Program Curiculum
All sessions occur 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month, except for the mandatory retreat in September which includes a Thursday and Friday. Locations vary around Cumberland County. Each session will feature Positive Leadership Curriculum, relevant presentations by guest faculty; cohort interaction; discussion of Board Internships; and various elements of leadership. While respecting program outcomes specific topics, dates, and locations are subject to change.
The Leadership Cumberland program uses Positive Leadership Curriculum designed specifically for community leadership programs. Positive Leadership is about harnessing the potential energy when people come together – social force. Positive leaders take actions that evoke positive reactions. To enhance one’s social force we focus on seven capacities: authenticity, purpose, advocacy, resilience, community building, reason, and gratitude. These capacities are grounded in the field of research known as Positive Psychology. The curriculum provides a rich experience for participants to grow together through lively group discussion and personal.
September 29-30: 2-Day Orientation Retreat
Fellows spend the day creating a Cohort (Team Building), selecting their Board Internships & Class Community Engagement Projects, Understanding their DISC Personality Styles, and completing a High Tower Course.
October 20: Positive Leadership Introduction
Leadership is not a title or position. Community leaders often need to mobilize others without having authority over them.
November 17: Authenticity
Authenticity is an in-depth process of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-development, and self-assertions.
December 15: Purpose
Leaders must learn to discern and articulate their personal purpose as well as the moment-to-moment situational purposes that arise.
January 19: Advocacy
To effect change, leaders must make their case for a cause in a way that engages others in order to bring about needed results.
February 16: Resilience
Resilient leaders have the capacity to bounce back when things become challenging, allowing them to endure.
March 16: Community-Building
Leadership is not a solo sport. It's important to share progress and strengthen other community members' capacity for leadership.
April 20: Reason
Leaders align their personal views with the world as it really is, and increase their social force and ability to enhance the community.
May: Bus Tour
Leadership Lessons from the Gettysburg Battlefield
May 18: Gratitude/Year-End Retreat/Graduation
Positive leaders recognize the truth that communities thrive based on the contribution of many. The capacity for acknowledging the efforts of others provides positivity and renewal. Fellows take part in their formal graduation ceremony.
*While respecting program outcomes, specific topics, dates, and locations are subject to change.