Graduates and leaders of the Doniphan Leadership Institute gathered after a recent graduation. The next cohort will begin Jan. 24.
The program was created to fill a gap in executive leadership training with a comprehensive, challenging program for tomorrow’s leaders in business and non-profit organizations. Those involved have noted that some of their learning is a surprise.
Several recent graduates have been surprised at what they learned in the program, which is in its 11th year.
Lisa McIntire, vice president of Commercial Lending and Treasury Management at Arvest Bank, learned both leadership techniques as well as personal awareness. “No one prepared me for the level of insight I’d gain about myself,” she said. “It was really dramatic.”
Ryan Detwiler, assistant manager for the VIP Lounge at Harrah's North Kansas City, said the lessons were often dramatic. “They forced me to step out of my comfort zone and deal with my weaknesses,” he said. “That surprised me.”
Sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Council and the Pryor Center for Leadership Development, the Doniphan Institute is designed for individuals who want to be future leaders of their organizations throughout Greater Kansas City and beyond.
The program consists of one day each month for six months. With an aggressive list of reading, program topics include 360-Degree feedback, personal consultation and Servant Leadership. A major element involves direct interaction with veteran leaders who discuss their techniques and philosophies.
For additional information, call the Development Council at (816) 468-4989 or this web page; or contact the Pryor Center at (816) 415-5052.