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Posted on: November 13, 2023

County Leadership Program Graduates First Class

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The Rowan County Leadership Development Program (RCLDP) graduated its first class on November 6. The program was created to help develop and empower leaders in County government, providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to make a positive impact on our community.

RCLDP began in January 2023 and consisted of a series of workshops, training sessions, and team-building projects.  Participants had the chance to learn from department directors, staff, and each other on a variety of topics including ethics, problem solving, and change management. They were able to develop their leadership styles and hone their abilities to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and tackle complex challenges.

The success of the program's first class is a testament to the commitment and dedication of both the participants and the program's organizers. County Manager Aaron Church credited Commissioner Caskey with the inception of RCLDP, and he thanked the full board as well as staff and directors for their support in getting this program off the ground. “I’m very proud of everyone in the class; I think they did well, and we had fun,” remarked Church during the graduation ceremony in early November.  “We got to know each individual in the class, and it was good.”

A good leader can bring out the best in their team, fostering creativity, innovation, and productivity. They can also create a positive work culture, where employees feel valued and supported.  RCLDP graduates are now equipped to take on leadership roles in their respective departments and make a meaningful impact on the community. Church stated that the program is budgeted for next year, and his office will begin accepting applications within the next few weeks.


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