The Rush County Leadership Academy held its third of nine sessions Nov. 11 in the community room of the Rush County Schools administration offices.

Academy board member and recent Academy graduate Deborah Hummel welcomed the group and shared a personal experience that had influenced her perspective on leadership.

Jeremy King, president of 26.2 Dynamics, facilitated throughout the day beginning with a lesson for class members on “Conflict Management and Resolution.”

Participants learned to use and recognize non-verbal cues and to focus on issues not people. King offered insight and tips for preventing conflict and ways to deal with and resolve conflict in a positive helpful manner.

At noon the group was welcomed by Dr. Dennis Bowman, pastor of the Family Worship Center. A delicious luncheon was provided by the ladies of the church. Afterwards, King picked up the pace with an interactive session on “Giving and Receiving Feedback,” followed by “Collaboration and Group Decision Making.”

Not only did class receive solid guidance on these topics but also had an opportunity to practice some of their skills.

Part of the curriculum requires the class to work as a team on a project that will benefit the community. Collaborating as a team gives the class practical application of what they are learning in their monthly sessions. The members of the Class of 2006 have been brainstorming project ideas and working towards consensus as to how to proceed with a project. A formal presentation of their project will be part of the program for the class graduation event in the spring.

In addition to Hummel and Bowman, other board members assisting with this session were Carole Yeend, Gloria Miller and Ashley Stiers.

Major sponsors for the Leadership Academy are CINERGY and Rush Memorial Hospital.

If you are interested in applying for the next class, beginning in the fall of 2006, you may send a letter stating your interest to the Rush County Leadership Academy, P.O. Box 622, Rushville, IN 46173. Your name will be added to the list of those wanting to be considered for the Class of 2007.

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