“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.” ~Henrik Ibsen
Leadership Lamar is an educational experience for community leaders developed by The Fanning Institute – a multidisciplinary outreach unit within Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia.
To cultivate leaders from every facet of the community by bringing them together to explore current issues throughout the county, learn more about local resources and seek out real solutions to common concerns by working together as a team.
The Fanning Institute’s philosophy on leadership is that leaders are made, not born. They believe that everyone has leadership potential…that leaders have a responsibility to develop other leaders…that universal leadership skills can be taught, learned, and adapted to specific circumstances…that with leadership training comes the commitment for volunteer action…and that a substantive, well-designed curriculum of leadership development training can benefit Georgia citizens of all ages, in all communities, from all walks of life.
Leadership Lamar is a 15 week program that covers topics such as conducting successful meetings, understanding values, communicating effectively, and managing conflict just to name a few. In addition to classes, participants get an in depth tour of local farms and industries as well as local government and emergency management services.
These tours are designed to highlight the social and economic impact that local farms and industries have on Lamar County and provide a better understanding of the many facets of local government while demonstrating how they all work together for the good of the community.
Participants also have the opportunity to tour the Georgia Power Resource Center in Atlanta where they learn about the economic development process at the state level and how that translates into local development.
Graduates from the program walk away with new friendships and a much better understanding of what makes a successful community tick as well as the importance of volunteering and speaking out.