Leadership for Five Seasons
Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) is a premier community leadership program that focuses on developing top talent through a formal leadership curriculum. LFS provides participants with community knowledge, connections and inspiration to make a positive impact on the community. Participants are selected from area businesses, public and private agencies, civic and other organizations. The LFS Class of 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the program, which now includes: Adult, College & Intern, Executive, and Youth programs.
Leadership for Five Seasons values diversity and inclusion. We highly encourage individuals representing diverse cultural, racial, religious, social, economic and industry sectors (e.g. business, government, non-profit and academia) to apply.
The LFS alumni network is over 1,200 strong. Check out the Economic Alliance’s events calendar for Leadership for Five Seasons Alumni networking opportunities!
Each year, 35 individuals are selected to participate in the Adult program. The ten-month program runs from August through May. This unique program empowers participants with a comprehensive understanding of our community’s challenges and opportunities, providing broader knowledge and their role as engaged citizens.
Participants will gain:
- Enhanced understanding of themselves and their leadership style
- Examples of innovation happening in the community
- Connections to key area leaders
- Greater sense of pride for the community
- An inspired heart to give back and grow beyond the program
- Commit to the ten-month program including an evening orientation and an overnight retreat
- Desire to improve leadership skills and gain community knowledge
- Be employed by an Economic Alliance member business (if not currently associated, participants must join if selected for the program)
What to expect:
- The program kicks off with a two-day leadership retreat based on curriculum used by most by Masters programs throughout the country, The Leadership Challenge and the LPI360 survey tool.
o To prepare for the retreat, participants will be given a book (The Leadership Challenge) and asked to take self and peer assessments that will be woven into curriculum through the entire program.
o At the retreat, participants will discuss leadership styles, analyze their LPI360 results and create a customized leadership plan.
- Participants will attend nine full-day monthly leadership days to learn about an area of economic opportunity and quality of life, hear about challenges facing the community and connect with community leaders. The leadership days are as follows:
- History Day
- Agriculture Day
- Arts & Culture Day
- Entrepreneurial Day
- Human Needs
- Government Day
- Economic Development Day
- Education Day
- Health Care Day
- In the final two months of the program, participants will have an opportunity to retake their LPI360 self and peer assessments. They will spend a half day evaluating the progress they have made.
- The program ends with the completion of a class project to fulfill an area of need in the community. Examples of past projects include planting trees, raising money and building learning nature trails, putting up inspirational quotes in middle schools, etc. This project serves as a catalyst for the ongoing engagement we hope each participant will carry out through the remainder of their life in our community.
Over three million people have taken steps towards their personal leadership best with the Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI®), a 360-degree assessment tool by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Based on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® model, the 360-degree assessments and facilitator materials illuminate both the effectiveness of your leaders and the level of commitment, engagement, and satisfaction of those that follow.
No matter where leaders are along their leadership development journey, the LPI will support the important work for developing, nurturing and empowering emerging leaders.
About Leadership Curriculum:
Each member of the class receives The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
Each session focuses on one of the five leadership principles. Monthly workshops are hosted to dive deeper into the principle and the participants LPI
The continued support of LFS Alumni promotes and develops leaders in ICR Iowa as well as:
- Supporting the LFS Youth program
- Provides continued networking opportunities - socially, professionally and personally
- Ensuring LFS Adult program is representative of all sectors, including non-profit and small business
- Continuing to keep reasonable tuition costs for all LFS programs
- Access and participation to the LFS Alumni LinkedIn group
- Free attendance to the Spring Luncheon, Holiday Breakfast
- Reduced admission cost to LFS Annual golf Outing
- Ongoing exclusive volunteer opportunities across all the Leadership for Five Seasons programs (Youth, College, Adult, Executive, Board of Advisors and Alumni)
- Ongoing leadership and professional development opportunities
- Community impact
Thank you to all our Lifetime LFS Alumni:
The Executive program offers a shortened version of the highly successful Adult program. Executives and their spouses/partners whom are new to the area can join the shortened, eight sessions. The program is designed to help individuals to form networks with other executives in the community, as well as educate them about Cedar Rapids and ICR Iowa by connecting them to valuable resources within the community.
College & Intern
The LFS College & Intern Program is a way for companies and organizations to engage their summer interns/co-ops on a broader community level and gets them involved outside of the organization.The program will highlight economic opportunity in ICR Iowa, while also showcasing amenities for interns to enjoy outside of the 9 to 5 workday.
Interns and college students will have access to a brand new app full of deals, community amenities and resources, and ways to keep them entertained in their downtime so they experience what life would be like if they lived in the region post-graduation. The app has information on restaurants, community events, recreation, volunteer opportunities and more.
The Leadership for Five Seasons - Youth Program identifies and selects 40 Cedar Rapids Metro area high school students that demonstrate leadership qualities and have a concern for their community. Eight days of in-depth programming acquaints students with community needs, opportunities, problems, and resources, while allowing interaction with community leaders, decision makers and each other. While fostering mutual respect and an interest in voluntary community activities, the students strengthen their leadership skills. The inaugural LFS Youth class participated in 1994 making 2017 the 23rd year of the program. The LFS Youth program will take place August 2017 - March 2018.
To learn more about any of the Leadership for Five Seasons programs, contact Jordan Atwater at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also many opportunities to volunteer with LFS. It’s a great way to stay connected to the program, as well as with classmates.
To learn more about any of the Leadership for Five Seasons programs, contact Jordan Atwater at email@example.com. There are also many opportunities to volunteer with LFS. It’s a great way to stay connected to the program, as well as with classmates. Contact Us today for volunteer opportunity information.