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 2021 Leaderful Delaware program is currently accepting applications for its eight-month curriculum that begins with remote classes in March 2021.  Up to 20 individuals can participate and half-day sessions will meet remotely twice monthly.

Participants will receive in-depth exposure to 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, intensive listening skills, managing conflict, intercultural competence, leadership styles,a nd peer coaching. 

Candidates will be selected based on their:

  • Commitment and motivation to community service.
  • Previous community service or a desire to become involved in community activities. 
  • Interest in public service and a 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 should be sponsored by a business or a community leader and provide references. Tuition, payable by a sponsor or a participant, is $300, and includes all materials and fees. 

For more information and an application, contact the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce at 607-746-2281, www.delawarecounty.org, or email info@delawarecounty.org.