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Our View: Leadership effort will aid community

"In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."

Eric Hoffer

The New Richmond Area Community Foundation is spearheading an effort to train leaders for the future.

The local organization, whose mission is to serve the community in ways to better New Richmond's present and future, has selected a handful of potential leaders from the region to participate in a year-long process beginning in May.

The Leadership Trust Initiative (LTI) will meet monthly for about five hours to discuss the latest information on effective leadership.

As the LTI participants complete the training, foundation officials hope that stronger leaders will emerge. Leaders will not only impact the community as a whole, but also impact the businesses they own or work for.

The foundation, along with their partner Front Porch Project, is to be commended for starting up such an effort.

As the community begins to emerge from the current economic downturn, strong leadership will guide the New Richmond down a path to prosperity. By preparing and training to take advantage of the opportunities that come with our newly defined world.

Without such leadership mentoring, communities often find themselves struggling to catch up with everyone else and they tend to miss out on the positive outcomes that change can bring.

The plan is to continue the leadership effort for many years to come. If you feel you would benefit from participating, and if you feel you'd like to be part of a movement to boost the community around you, contact the foundation at 246-3999.