Leadership Kitsap In The News:
Leadership Kitsap starts Book Club
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~ Harry S. Truman
Spring into leadership by joining the very first Leadership Kitsap Book Club. The Club will meet monthly in Silverdale to discuss a chosen book about leadership ranging from fiction to nonfiction, and spanning different fields that will spark dynamic and inspiring conversation.
The Book Club will meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 6pm - 7:30pm at the Yacht Club Broiler in Silverdale, beginning March 11th. The first book is Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh, the owner of Zappos. The second book club will meet on Tuesday, April 8 to discuss Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg. The rest of the books will be decided at the first meeting, so please bring suggestions.
Please RSVP to Melody Sky Eisler the week before by email or call/text at 206-761-7019. Melody is the Branch Manager of the Silverdale Library and always has great books to recommend and many of these leadership titles will be available at your local library. Happy leading and reading!
A New Strategy: Incorporating Positive Leadership into Challenge Days
This year, the LK Board approved a pilot program using Positive Leadership (PL) principles to augment our existing curriculum and to extend the discussion of leadership development beyond one challenge day to all days. In response to continued feedback from LK graduates, the Curriculum Committee researched and found a program that could effectively enhance our current leadership curriculum. The original PL program was created by Adam Seaman (former President of Leadership Tulsa) to address the need for community-based programs to incorporate leadership competencies into their curriculum. Today, there are thousands of communities across the country using Adam’s methodology to great advantage. Piloting the program with this year’s class allows the curriculum committee time to refine program elements to fit our process and desired outcomes.
Positive Leadership is based on Positive Psychology, which shifts the focus of attention from what’s wrong with people, to what is right with them. Taking this approach allows us to focus on people’s strengths and how we can naturally leverage their talents to build stronger (and more positive) communities. The PL program teaches seven core competencies: Authenticity, Purpose, Sponsorship, Resilience, Community Building, Reason and Gratitude that in aggregate have this impact. This is how it works - at each Challenge Day, one of the core competencies is presented and discussed amongst participants. They will have prepared for these discussions by pre-reading a chapter on the competency and reflecting on their own experience using it. Positive Leadership also dovetails with the StrengthFinder assessment, and extends one’s understanding of servant leadership in practical ways. If LK’s experience with PL mirrors that of other community-based leadership programs, then it will go a long way toward providing future classes with a more robust leadership and learning experience.