January 19, 2011

The University of Kentucky Center for Leadership Development, in the College of Agriculture's Department of Community and Leadership Development, has recently launched a new user-friendly and interactive website.

The center builds leadership capacity through research, education, networks of leadership partners and services. It supports leadership-related activities within the College of Agriculture, the UK campus, the local Lexington community and counties statewide. The website connects visitors to all the services, leadership development opportunities and resources the center provides.

Through workshops such as Herd Dynamics for Leaders, where participants work with horses to learn leadership competencies, and Effective Communication in which participants land mock airplanes, the Center for Leadership Development offers organizations experiential learning opportunities that build personal, interpersonal, team/organizational and community leadership development skills and competencies. Descriptions of all the workshops, their length and pricing are found under the "Professional Development" tab. The center's staff also can custom design leadership development programs to meet clients' needs.

The website provides information about research initiatives on leadership. They include the Kenton County Youth Leadership Development Project and the Effectiveness of Equine Guided Leadership Education.

The site also connects visitors to other leadership initiatives such as the Nonprofit Leadership Initiative, Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches InstituteKentucky Consortium of Community Leadership and Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky. Additional resources include a video page with links to contemporary videos on leadership, including a leadership lecture presented by UK Basketball Coach John Calipari, as well as a resource page that includes suggested books, websites and quotes on leadership.

The center offers affordable and diverse services to any organization seeking to build their leadership capacity.

Interested organizations can find contact information for reaching the Center for Leadership Development under the Contact Us tab on the website at http://www.ca.uky.edu/cfld.

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