Guest Blog: A professional development opportunity you won’t want to miss

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By Katie Navarra Bradley, Member of the 2014 The Leadership Institute Class & PRSA Capital Region Chapter Board Member

The Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute is a life changing program that motivates professionals of any discipline, but especially communication specialists, to evaluate long term goals for their personal and professional life.

This skills-based professional development program provides an opportunity to review communication, management and leadership fundamentals while simultaneously exploring new topics outside the communication industry.

The Leadership Institute integrates skill building with valuable networking opportunities. As a participant you’ll explore styles, examine options and establish relationships that you can take back to your employer, the larger business community and your home. The program concludes with a formal graduation dinner and ceremony.

Monthly meetings begin in August with an overnight retreat and continue through March. Session topics cover Leadership & Strategic Thinking; Communication; Balancing the Professional Career & Personal Life; Financial Management; Human Resources & Organizational development; Board Development & Service.

Not only will you enhance your professional skills and build lasting relationships with your classmates, but you’ll also receive a behind the scenes look at some of the Capital Region’s most prominent businesses. Monthly Leadership sessions gather at a different organization each month. Leadership class members tour the host facility and receive a fascinating glimpse of the organization’s day-to-day operations. You’ll be amazed to learn about the history, size and international importance these organizations hold.

Through the Leadership Institute, you’ll meet some of the region’s most accomplished professionals. Distinguished professionals from across the Capital Region share candid remarks and personal struggles/successes as it pertains to the session’s topic. The speakers don’t sugarcoat or theorize about the challenges leaders face, instead they offer examples of how they’ve handled similar situations.

While learning about these topics, you’ll be encouraged to examine your own leadership style. Through interactive exercises learn your Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) type, how it impacts your interaction with your supervisor, co-workers, direct reports, family and friends.  You may have taken the MBTI evaluation before but you’ve never seen it explained in such detail. Vivid demonstrations offer clear and lasting explanations about each personality type.

If you’re ready to embark on your own journey through the Leadership Institute, visit the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce website for additional information

Applications for the Class of 2015 are due Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 5 p.m. Contact Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce Programs & Events Manager Kate Ollier at 518.274.7020 ext. 23 with questions.

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