Leadership Development Institute

Leadership development is key to SCC’s organizing and planning work. We believe that there are many styles of leadership, and that leadership is something that can be developed in everyone. In 2008, SCC launched our annual Leadership Development Institute (LDI), a series of popular education workshops for emerging and experienced community leaders.

Participants in LDI 2013 strike a pose that represents leadership.

Over the course of four half-day sessions, LDI participants cover the following topics:

Introduction to Leadership: What does it mean to be a leader and why is this important for building a strong community?

Relationship-Building: How do strong relationships help us become better leaders? How do we develop those relationships? How do we create clear messages so that others understand what we are trying to do?

Power: How do we relate to power in our work, personal life, and community activism? How do we build power for action?

*  The Local Context:
 How does government work in Somerville? Who has power in the city and who does not? What kind of work is already being done to make change?

We also offer supplementary sessions on public speaking and other topics for LDI graduates and community members after the basic curriculum, which is offered in the spring.

LDI is open to the Somerville community at large. We especially encourage people who have been or would like to be involved with SCC to apply: residents of our housing; graduates of our classes; committee members; and other SCC members. People of all languages are welcome, and we provide simultaneous interpretation. Our goal is to cultivate a base of leaders within the SCC community and to create strong relationships between participants. We count on our members and leaders to shape the future of the organization and community. 

LDI graduate and Jobs for Somerville leader Daisy Vasquez with SCC CEO Danny LeBlanc.

To learn more about LDI, please contact René Mardones, rmardones@somervillecdc.org or 617-776-5931 x 226.

See also: English