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Class members discuss their personal leadership styles.

Class members discuss their personal leadership styles.

For more than 20 years, the Center for Community Leadership (CCL) has helped community members become community leaders through its Leadership Grand Rapids program.

In 2007, CCL identified the need for a skills-based leadership development program, and worked with alumni and community leaders to create Leadership Advantage (LA).  Now taking applications for the third class, LA has received accolades from participants on the value of the program.

“I want to thank the Center for Community Leadership for its Leadership Advantage program,” shares Carin Ojala, Director of Professional Development at Warner Norcross and Judd LLP, and graduate of the 2009 program.  “I learned not only what makes a good leader, but also how to develop and improve my personal leadership style.  I benefited greatly from all portions of the program – from self-reflective exercises to examining the practical aspects of leadership development.  I highly recommend this program to people at all stages of the leadership journey.”

The program aligns with needs and demands of established leaders by offering eight half-day sessions, leaving participants energized with immediately applicable content.

“I found myself applying the concepts I learned in Leadership Advantage within hours after each program.  Now, months after the program has ended, I find that I have a new (and better) approach to problem solving, interpersonal relationships and strategic planning,” says Ojala.  “The leadership lessons easily translated to all aspects of my life – work, family and community.” 

Applications for the 2010 program are available online at, and are due January 8, 2010.  The program will begin in February and meet through June.  For more information, contact the CCL office at 616.771.0334.


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