Leadership Institute / World Understanding Month
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) offers training opportunities for Rotarians
Clubs and districts looking to train Rotarians as leaders at local levels can now access online a wide array of resources developed by the Rotary Leadership Institute. Established in 1994 to assist in improving the Rotary knowledge and leadership skills of the future leaders of clubs and districts, the Rotary Leadership Institute is a multi-district program already functional in Zones 31 and 32 in the United States, and is in the process of forming divisions around the world.
The institute offers a training program in three full-day sessions, followed by graduate seminars. Trainers are carefully selected from among Rotarians with outstanding leadership abilities and prepared to conduct innovative and participatory course sessions that include such topics as the perfect meeting; a look outside the club; membership orientation and activation; introduction to leadership; creating service projects; case studies in leadership; effective committees; The Rotary Foundation; and analyzing a Rotary club.
Past District Governor (current RI Director) David Linett, chairman of the institute and of the 2001-02 RI Educational and Training Task Force, said that leadership development programs are critical for the continued success of Rotary clubs and for the achievement of the goals of the Global Quest. "The annual turnover of club presidents and other club officers places great pressure on our clubs to maintain a high level of leadership every year," he said. "Only through excellent education in Rotary and leadership skills can we develop the quality leadership we need to keep Rotary in the forefront of world service organizations."
According to Linett, membership growth is dependent in large part on the quality of Rotary clubs, as clubs with good leadership are more likely to involve their members in exciting service activities and programs and, consequently, to retain their members and attract new ones. "Quality education can best be presented on a multi-district basis and we invite Rotarians everywhere to join us in this important effort," he said.
View Leadership Courses and more information on the RLI website.
February is World Understanding
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