By Jennifer Whytock
RALEIGH, N.C. — Leadership Triangle has graduated its first class from a new program that seeks to improve leaders from local nonprofits, for-profits and government.
The class is one of two new programs that the group has launched in the past year.
Leadership coaches worked with the 18 students in groups and individually to tackle specific problems or goals they faced at work or personally.
“I wanted to be able to build consensus with my boards instead of bulldozing,” says Monica Angelucci, executive director of the Literacy Council of Wake County and a member of two other nonprofit boards. “I was clinging onto my idea of how things should be done.”
Angelucci says the seven classes taught her to encourage dissenting board members to discuss objections openly and work together on solutions.
The sessions taught her classmates how to set work boundaries, be more proactive and less reactive, to close deals and to say “no,” and generally improved their self-esteem and confidence, she says.
“The program forces you to slow down, confront the issues you are having and figure out what is keeping you from getting to the next level,” she says.
Last spring Leadership Triangle started its other program, based on classes it has offered over the past 10 years, that brings together local leaders for nine sessions to work on issues in the Triangle region.
The 28 participants from nonprofits, for-profits, churches and government toured sites throughout the Triangle and discussed topics including health, education, diversity, environment, growth, economic development and transportation.
“It was great to talk with people who do the same things I do, like distribute grants, and get to know these people on a more personal basis, not just in their professional lives,” says Gloria Johnson, associate pastor for community ministry at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. “These are the kind of relationships where things get done.”
Leadership Triangle is offering the class on regional issues starting Jan. 22, 2004, and will offer a leadership development class in September 2004.