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Leadership Center

The Leadership Center of the Greater New Haven Chamber, Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority, is home to two leadership programs: Leadership Greater New Haven (LGNH) and Executive Orientation (XO).

Leadership Greater New Haven (LGNH)

A 6-session program for professionals of all levels working in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors.

Practical Leadership Training

Program participants will receive training that underscores various leadership styles and strategies for team and staff management, team collaboration, navigating a multi-generational and diverse workforce, strategic planning, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, inclusion and cultural awareness; PLUS the sharpening of professional skills, such as public speaking, personal branding, business communications, and more! In addition, a significant amount of time will be spent on addressing resiliency and leadership strategies during constant change and disruption.

Five Leadership Practices

The leadership class will explore the 5 leadership practices outlined in the national best-selling book, "The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations."
  1. Model the Way
  2. Inspire a Shared Vision
  3. Challenge the Process
  4. Enable Others to Act
  5. Encourage the Heart

​***Each participant will receive a copy of the book and will be given additional tools and resources, customized by our facilitators.***

Orientation to Greater New Haven Region

Additional topics include: Understanding Greater New Haven’s assets and opportunities, the challenges and benefits of doing business in the New Haven area, the resources and relationships to enable leaders to compete and be successful in the region.

Diversity & Inclusion Training and Immersion

Our Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity training starts with understanding the impact of diversity, inclusion, and equity on businesses and communities, in both short term and long term periods. We’ll explore cases studies where workplaces and businesses that have embraced D/I/E  principles have had remarkable results and been catalysts for positive community penetration and integration. NEW this year, we’re launching a diversity immersion program in which participants connect with community business leaders (in class & on company tours), learn about community programs, and are given resources, tools, and projects to grow or improve connections within diverse populations and professional organizations or businesses. Additionally, the topics of self-awareness, Conscious and Unconscious Biases, improving team engagement, and strategies for fostering inclusive and equitable cultures internally and externally, will be covered.

Hands On / Real World Project Work: 

During the leadership sessions, participants will have a unique opportunity to apply their leadership competencies to solve real business issues. Leadership participants are divided into teams and assigned to solve a strategic challenge that will be identified by a nonprofit organization.  Teams will work together throughout the 6 month leadership program and will prepare a final presentation to help solve a real world business challenge.

Executive Orientation (XO)

The Executive Orientation (XO) is a 3-session program with topics that are designed specifically for senior executives in corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors, interested in exploring and understanding the relevant issues, resources, economics and dynamics of the Greater New Haven region. This program facilitates strategic connections between participants in the XO program and influential decision makers and leaders within the Greater New Haven area, while meeting to discuss the following topics and more:

Team Discussions and Collaboration on:

  • Transformative Solutions for the Disrupted Workplace / Maximizing Human Capital during Times of Crisis
  • Workforce Development - Issues, Trends, Resources
  • Advanced Strategic Readiness - How to use Data to Drive Outstanding Results
  • Energizing Your Board / Maximizing Board Responsiveness
  • The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility

Orientation to the Region

  • Economic Development / Regional Resources
  • Key Industries of the Region
  • What's Happening in Downtown New Haven?
  • Legislative and Municipal Updates - Meet Key Influencers
  • Leveraging the Gems of this region - Nonprofits & Higher Education Institutions 

Strategic Challenge Project

Time will be designated for additional information sharing and collaboration among XO participants to solve a strategic challenge that will be meaningful and impactful for the region!