In 2010, Andria invested in a group of influential Portage County community leaders to attend a 3-day leadership conference, the Global Leadership Summit, in Chicago, IL. Though the industry leading material was well received, and a connection between the group flourished the month after the conference, only minimal changed was reported 6 months out.
Why? Because of the age-old leadership struggle; the urgent usurping the important. Within weeks, the conference notes ended up on the bookshelf, next to the other “profound lessons” from yesteryear. The pull of the familiar combined with a perceived lack of capacity to garner buy-in from a board, executive team, or spouse, led us back into the an only minutely expanded comfort zone. We all saw it, but the question was — how do we solve it?
Heartland Leadership Initiative was born to provide a 2 part solution:
- Solution Part 1: Bring an annual leadership event LOCALLY to impact a greater number of leaders, at all levels of an organization and in multiple sectors. By providing more people with the same catalytic experience to both refuel and develop competency in practical leadership skills, we hoped to foster greater understanding and commitment to the importance of leadership for the community at large.
- Solution Part 2: Create an ongoing accountability process to intentionally water the leadership seeds taken from the conference, in bite sized pieces over time. The process would foster community, consistency, transparency, and regular evaluation and measurement.
It has now been 7 years and HLI has had over 1150 people attend annual conferences, and on average 60 people annually attend the ongoing Leadership roundtables, namely Lead Transformed.