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Year of leadership training begins at Crossroads

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By SHAINA STOCKTON and APRIL WRIGHT
Staff

For the past few years, the Crossroads Institute has held a couple of leadership programs, including the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast and InnoVAtive Leadership lectures.
Now, Crossroads has decided to expand on that list, creating a year of programs to encourage leadership, teamwork and community involvement. The yearlong program will be called The Twin County Leadership Initiative.
A variety of leadership lectures from July 2012 through June 2013, which will be held at the Crossroads Institute and at the Crossroads Higher Education Center.
The InnoVAtive Leadership program will kick off this series Sept. 14, with a six-part lecture that ends Oct. 19. It will be hosted through those dates each Friday at the Crossroads from 1-4 p.m.
The InnoVAtive Leadership program, hosted by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Program, will be led by Kevin Spurlin. He will discuss leadership traits, effective communication, teamwork, goal-setting and community and government involvement.
Crossroads Executive Director Oliver McBride says that InnoVAtive Leadership is one of four programs that will be offered as a package throughout the year.
After hearing in a lecture that leadership is a key factor to a smart community, McBride began discussing ideas about the possibility of a leadership curriculum. Wytheville Community College and the Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce became partners with Crossroads in selecting a program developed by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
InnoVAtive Leadership, the first program that Crossroads launched, has been available for five years and has graduated 63 students.
Chick-Fil-A Leadercast, an annual live broadcast from Atlanta, was added later, along with Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1. These programs have been available for the past two years.

Leadership, Lunch & Learn
A new program has been added to the curriculum, as well. Leadership, Lunch & Learn lectures about teamwork, communication skills and impacting your community in a positive way will be offered, along with optional lunches at $5 per person.
Each lecture is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This program begins Sept. 19, when Sam Bartlett, pastor of First Baptist Church of Galax, will discuss “Leading from the Inside Out: How to Increase Capacity.” Bartlett will talk about how leadership must start with the individual before moving out to impact the team and the community.
Motivational speaker Terri Dunevant of Hillsville will discuss “Dealing with Difficult Customers” on Nov. 14. She will explain how to recognize the warning signs of confrontation early and stimulating positive communication.
Mike Morris, pastor of Cornerstone Community Church, will talk about “Becoming a Great Team” on Feb. 13, 2013.
Leadership, Lunch and Learn programs will be held at the Crossroad Institute’s Higher Education Center, located on Cranberry Road in Galax.

Chick-Fil-A Leadercast
On May 10, 2013, the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast will be hosted at the Crossroads Institute.
The program is broadcast live from Atlanta, Ga., to 125,000 people around the world. An average of 115 were in attendance each year for Crossroads Institute’s broadcast of the leadercast, McBride said.
Featuring a variety of well-known motivational speakers, this all-day program is designed to build leadership skills, styles and methods.
“A survey taken by those who had attended Chick-Fil-A’s Leadercast showed that many in the audience wanted to see more events like this throughout the year,” McBride said. “That was when the idea came to package the events.”

Strengthening Facilitation Skills
On May 22-24, 2013, Virginia Cooperative Extension will host Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1.
Students will learn how to understand different learning styles, how to deal with difficult group situations and more.

Signing Up
Pre-registration is required for these events due to seat planning and ticket purchasing for the leadercast.
Classes will require class participation, as students learn by communicating with one another and practicing skills with problem-solving and teamwork.
“These programs enable a person to be reflective about themselves in leadership and learn who they are as a leader,” McBride said.
Classes will be held at the Crossroad Institute’s Higher Education Center, with the exception of the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast, which will be held at Crossroad Institute’s main building.
For more information about scheduling, curriculum information or pricing, contact Crossroads Institute at 276-236-031 or registration@crossroadsva.org.