Well, it is that time of year again. We have begun putting together our 13th class for the Leadership Hickman program, which will be taking applications in August and will start in early September. Began in 1996 with the assistance of the Tennessee Economic & Community Development’s Three-Star Program, Leadership Hickman has graduated over 110 community and business leaders who live or work in Hickman County.
Leadership Hickman consists of one overnight retreat in September and eight topic-oriented, one-day seminars. The retreat provides structured exercises and presentations which explore theories of leadership and personal power, as well as decision-making through group discussion, analysis, and probing. The one-day seminars focus individually on a major area of community concern and explore the issue of leadership within the context of the day’s subject.
Each session is carefully designed to present a wide range of opinions and perspectives to encourage thoughtful discussion through lectures, panel presentations, and a variety of group activities. Participants are given the opportunity to explore controversial issues with leaders representing a broad range of community interests.
The goal of each day is to open the mind of each participant to the perspectives that surround each issue and, through thoughtful consideration of those perspectives, enable participants to become more visionary leaders in the community.