Seventy one members of KCMN and NTMA wrapped up sessions to improve their leadership skills, and make connections with those who have similar goals and challenges, as part of the Emerging Leaders Program this fall. Emerging Leaders was launched in 2014 as a result of a joint effort between Kansas City Manufacturing Network, the Kansas City Chapter of NTMA (National Tooling and Machining Association) and Johnson County Community College. The genesis of this effort was the feedback from our respective members who noted a dearth of options for developing improved leaders in their businesses, and the advocacy and planning efforts of KCMN advisory board member Ben Troja. Along the way, additional guidance was provided by participant feedback, and from the leadership efforts of Thomas Dunbar, Rehrig Pacific Company, Jason Heidbreder, LPF High Performance Coatings, and Jimmy Woodall, Livers Bronze. To date, 308 participants from 40 companies have enrolled in the program and 262 have earned certificates for attending at least 5 of the 6 sessions.
Sessions include Communication, Delegation, How to Read People, Driving Change, Conflict Management, and lively discussions around cross generational motivation. Among participant comments:
“Gave me ideas to take back to work to help me delegate, to lighten my load and help develop others”
“Caused introspection, made me realize there are things I need to improve upon”
“This information was new to me, and I learned a lot about myself”
New Emerging Leaders sessions will be rolling out in 2017, for more information, click here.