ERIC Number: ED368529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Community Leadership Development for Sustainable Alabama Communities.
Raftery, Susan R.
Alabama has serious economic and social problems, and the situation is worse in rural areas and small towns than in urban areas. The solutions to the problems of small communities must be found within the communities themselves. Sustainable communities are those that aggressively manage their destiny, based on a realistic and well planned vision. A sustainable community depends on the involvement of competent local leaders. Effective leadership development programs must take place in the community and be grounded in the knowledge of local conditions. Community leadership is also experiential and action based. Leadership training is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for improving community viability. Leadership development is a long-term process that should be integrated with community and economic development activities. Components of leadership development are technical knowledge about communities and successful development strategies; awareness, understanding, and application of leadership skills; and partnerships among community organizations and institutions. A leadership development continuum outlines elements in four developmental phases--personal, interpersonal, group or organizational, and community or systems development. (SV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers: Alabama; Community Viability; Sustainable Development
Note: For related documents, see ED 288 665-666.