Institute for Civic Leadership

Learn to lead in today’s fast-paced environment.

Crisis – in the form of the COVID19 pandemic and the ensuing recession – challenges us to adapt and step-up as leaders.  We join you in making tough decisions for these uncertain times. After an extensive review of pandemic and economic projections, stakeholder input, and potential safety concerns, MDF is delaying the next class of the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) until fall 2021.  Required adaptations for in-person delivery and safety would have compromised the high-quality, deeply bonding learning experiences and site visits that are integral to this extraordinary program.

All applicants to ICL for fall 2020 have been notified of these changes and deferred to fall 2021.  We will start accepting additional applications for 2021 beginning October 1, 2020. 

The Institute for Civic Leadership is an experiential, eight month, inward journey during which leaders hone their understanding of themselves, their teams, their organizations and communities while developing and practicing the necessary skills to lead effectively in today’s fast-paced environment.

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MDF is dedicated to making the Institute for Civic Leadership experience accessible to all Mainers.

Program Schedule

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Through the program, leaders:

  • Delve into their capacity to lead in a collaborative, facilitative and adaptive way, and how to develop these skills where necessary
  • Learn firsthand how to manage decisions and agreements for interdependent work
  • Learn how to lead difficult conversations, provide peer coaching and consultation to support others’ work
  • Explore systems thinking and network theory for context, perspective and intervention
  • Explore facilitative methods to ensure processes and team relationships have the broadest possible impact

The Institute for Civic Leadership curriculum is designed for leaders from all sectors. Now in its 27th year, the program has graduated nearly 800 leaders who are passionate about having a lasting, deep impact on Maine communities.

Alumni of the Institute for Civic Leadership (formerly Leadership Intensive) describe how the facilitative techniques they use help them be effective leaders and empower their teams to succeed.

“Training and development is one of the most important methods of impacting employee engagement and retention. The Institute for Civic Leadership is a wonderful way to invest in your up-and-coming people at all levels, or to round out senior level skills.”

Elizabeth Ross-Holmstrom, Founder of BreakTogether

Graduates of the Institute for Civic Leadership describe how the program enables leaders to build a network of support and collective impact.

Are you up for the challenge?

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