Leaderful Delaware, an initiative of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, is seeking people committed to community service who would benefit from strengthening leadership skills while developing a personal professional network.

The 2023-2024 program will start on October 11 with an in-person session in Delhi. We will continue to meet on the second Wednesday of each month through May 2024. A graduation recognition will be celebrated at the Chamber’s Business and Breakfast event in June 2024.

Participants will learn about critical issues facing Delaware County and the Catskill Mountains region through lectures, discussion groups, personal introspection, and panel discussions featuring current community leaders. The innovative curriculum is based on scientific theories of organizational and community leadership. Leaderful Delaware offers an alternative to the traditional model and calls on leaders to be concurrent, collective, collaborative, and compassionate. Strategies include effective facilitation, dialogue skills, active listening skills, managing conflict, intercultural competence, leadership styles, and peer coaching.

Candidates will be selected based on their:

  • Commitment and motivation to community service.
  • Previous community service or desire to become involved in community activities.
  • Interest in public service and desire to learn more about public policy.
  • Potential to advance to a leadership position within their companies.
  • Commitment to remain in Delaware County.

Preference will be given to Delaware County residents but non-residents are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may be sponsored by a business or a community leader and provide references. Tuition is $595 and includes all program materials, meals, and fees. Application due October 1.

More information and an application for the Leaderful Delaware Emerging Leaders Program are available under the Events & Programs tab at www.delawarecounty.org.