To build better businesses, organizations and communities, effective leaders must have knowledge and understanding of how to exercise leadership.  Lead Derby is a program designed to teach people leadership skills that can be used in all areas of life - business, organizations, church, school and family.

A diverse group of up to 20 people will be selected to participate.  The Lead Derby Advisory Committee will review applications and determine class participants based on creating a balance between the four pillars of a community:  Business, Education, Government and Non-profit.  Lead Derby does not discriminate based on race, sex or religion. Participants must agree to attend all sessions and come with an open mind to learn and grow for the benefit of all participants.

Members of the Derby Chamber of Commerce can send any employee to Lead Derby for a reduced tuition rate of $300 per person.  Tuition for all others is $425.  Tuition includes the Kansas Leadership Center participant’s handbook For the Common Good.  Lunch will be included in the first and last session. Tuition can be paid by a business or organization for a participant, or an individual can pay his or her own tuition. 

The Kansas Leadership Center provides curriculum and resources for Lead Derby.  By participating in Lead Derby, current and past participants will have access to future classes and conferences offered by KLC.  These resources normally cost hundreds of dollars, but as a Lead Derby participant, you will receive these resources at no cost.

Years of study and research by Kansas Leadership Center faculty has shown leaders of today must possess a number of skills and competencies to be effective at exercising leadership.  These skills are valuable for any relationship, whether it be co-workers, committees, boards, organizations or in the classroom. Lead Derby class members will learn how to:

• Work effectively with others in order to make progress on an in issue, project or goal.
• Make good decisions by recognizing competing values and different points of view.
• Deal with conflict by understanding challenges, uncertainty and potential loss.
• Identify behaviors in others and in yourself that could affect the outcome of a situation.  
• Distinguish the difference between technical and adaptive work.
• Behave professionally by identifying, strengths, vulnerabilities and triggers.
• Identify the difference between leadership and management.

Leadership Challenge:
All participants will be asked to identify a leadership challenge that is important to them for the purpose of applying their learning to a real issue they'd like to make progress on.  Participants will receive more information about how to prepare for the leadership challenge prior to the first session.

Vibrant communities are made up of excellent schools, a strong business community, caring and compassionate non-profit organizations and progressive city/county government.  Lead Derby class members will be exposed to all areas of the Derby community to gain a better understanding of the challenges that exist and how each individual can make a difference by exercising leadership at any time, any place, anywhere.

For additional information, contact the Derby Chamber of Commerce at (316) 788-3421.

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2017 Course Schedule

Course Times: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Class # 1 - Wednesday, February 22

Class # 2 - Thursday, March 9
Class # 3 - Wednesday, March 22
Class # 4 - Wednesday, April 5
Class # 5 - Thursday, April 20
Class # 6 - Wednesday, May 3

Lead Derby Alumni

Kristy Bansemer, City of Derby
Lindsi Berry, Derby Chamber of Commerce
Heather Bohaty, Derby Public Schools
Jason Carlson, Meritrust Credit Union
Amy Cline, Meritrust Credit Union
Rhonda Cott, Derby Informer
Kate Crafton, Midwest Single Source
Suzan Crowell, Mid-America Orthopedics
Mike Day, City of Derby
Chris Drum, Derby Recreation Center
Nicholas Engle, New York Life
Margaret Fritzler, INTRUST Bank
Sgt. Kevin Jones, Derby Police Department
Justin Larkin, Farmers Insurance
Staci McDade, Capitol Federal Savings
Nakita Menefee, Credit Union of America
Sharon Miklos, Stress Busters Therapeutic Massage
Andrew Nelson, Chick-fil-A
Kristy Norman, Derby Public Library
Megan Pater, City of Derby
Chris Poirier, Derby Police Department
Mark Staats, Derby Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Ulwelling, Midwest Single Source, Inc.
Jenny Webster, Fidelity Bank