Leadership Pikes Peak has served the Pikes Peak region for 42 years through a variety of programs. Leadership NOW! is a leadership program that exists to engage, support, and mobilize young professionals as meaningful members of our community. LNOW! trains them in leadership skills and civic-mindedness, and plugs them into the life and leadership of the Pikes Peak region. LNOW! runs from August to December.
If you are a young professional who wants to be plugged into the community, to know what is going on and how to affect it, to lead effectively as an individual and as part of a group, to make the Pikes Peak region a better place, then Leadership NOW! is for you.
Leadership NOW! uses the best in current leadership thinking and application to help young professionals, in their 20s and early 30s, finish the program well equipped to lead. We call it Leadership NOW! for exactly that reason–because LNOW! graduates are given the knowledge, skills, and relationships to be civic leadersnow.
Leadership NOW! is not an academic course. It is an opportunity to combine your motivation with leadership practices and civic knowledge for personal and group impact.
The program accomplishes this with a combination of training and exercises, visits to key organizations, meetings with effective leaders, and group projects that provide real strategic assistance to local nonprofits and agencies. As with everything at Leadership Pikes Peak, our goal isn’t just to make you a better civic leader–it is to make you a better civic leader here and now.
OBJECTIVES AND GOALS
Leadership of the Self
One of the first steps to leadership development is to understand ourselves – who we are, what we can do, and how we are perceived by others. For leadership to be actualized, we must understand our position in the Pikes Peak community by exploring our individual strengths, personality types, abilities, passions, and potential for personal growth.
Leadership of our Communities
A critical component of leadership development is learning how to apply our abilities to our own personal communities. A personal community is an intimate network of people with whom we align ourselves, and the places, issues, and organizations we rally around in our city.
Leadership of our City
Developing community trustees requires us to know where and how we can make a difference in the greater Pikes Peak community. LPP introduces participants to community leaders and informs them of local challenges. Program graduates will increase their confidence, skills, and abilities to strengthen the city, thus becoming a community trustee.
In ten three-hour sessions, the class of young professionals learn the history of the Pikes Peak Region, are exposed to the various sectors in our region, gain the knowledge of self-development and develop leadership skills. The six-month program offers a new community leadership topic such as an in depth look and assessment of the Myers Briggs Personality Assessment, Conflict Resolution for Millennial Leaders, Emotional & Conversation Intelligence, Inclusive Leadership, Public Speaking, and Business Team Dynamics. Along with topic specific locations to explore and community leaders to meet. Participants explored topics such as Local History & Leaders, Arts, Local History, Healthcare, Public Safety, Nonprofits, Cyerbsecuirty, Civic Engagement & Volunteerism, Education, and Sports & Wellness.
In addition to session days, participants complete community service group projects. These projects are proposed by local non-profits who are looking for a young professional perspective within their organizations. The projects allow participants to practice creative thinking and community stewardship as they apply what they are learning in the LNOW program to a project that makes a lasting impact on our community. This year the class worked with Multiple Sclerosis of Southern Colorado, Urban Peak, One Nation Walking Together and RMFI.
LeadershipNow! Class of 2018
Leadership Pikes Peak is excited to announce the graduation of the our LNOW 2018 Class the newest members of an ever-growing family of LPP alumni now numbering over 2,500 leaders.
Here is what the Class of 2018 had to say about their experience:
The last five months of working on myself was an incredible gift learning about myself and others will continue to benefit my personal and professional life. This was the best experience I’ve ever had- the content and relationships are timeless and powerful. I will take this knowledge with me for the entirety of my career. I recommend that everyone and anyone goes through a LPP program.
LNOW gave me a new perspective of the city I’ve called home for my entire life. I now have a stronger desire to get involved, stay engaged, and give back.
Lnow not only taught me a lot about non-profits, community involvement, and civic engagement- but it also taught me a lot about myself. Who I am today and how I can instill the right habits is my biggest takeaway. I highly recommend LNOW for anyone looking to learn more about themselves and the local Pikes Peak community.
This program taught me so much about myself and what kind of leader I want to be. This program also provided me a lot insight as to the legacy I want to leave.
Great networking, great exposure, great program.
The program has been a great experience! Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to learn more about myself and more about Colorado Springs. This program has pushed me out of my comfort zone and I am excited to see where I go from here.
LNOW has been one of the most informative and inspirational programs I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of. It’s a big commitment but it’s worth every minute.
2019 Schedule (Subject to Change)
All sessions are Wednesday 5:30-8:30pm
August 14th Orientation
August 21st An In Depth Look at MBTI
September 4th Project Selection Night
September 14th Saturday Communication Retreat
September 25th Millennials & Conflict
October 9th A Night of Arts & Culture
October 23rd Leading Inclusively
November 6th Visionary Leadership & Building Your Leadership Brand
November 13th Finding Your Voice in Colorado Springs
November 27th Becoming a Community Trustee
December 4th Graduation