JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Since 2009, Leadership Johns Creek has labored under the assumption that while some leaders are born, it makes more sense to develop leadership in the community and tap into the city’s greatest natural resource – its citizens.
Marking five years of community service, the Johns Creek City Council recognized Aug. 4 the success of the Leadership Johns Creek program with a proclamation acknowledging the ongoing contributions of Leadership JC.
Sponsored by the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce, Leadership JC’s stated mission is: To develop, energize and activate community leaders in Johns Creek by providing insight into and interaction with city, business and government relationships to affect positive change.
That’s a mouthful way of saying if you get intelligent, active people to put their heads together for the good of the community, all kinds of good things can happen.
Ron Jones, one of the founders and board member of the Leadership chapter in Johns Creek, noted that this a 30-year-old program begun by various chambers of commerce across the country.
“Leadership Johns Creek was an idea initiated six years ago and commenced its first program in the summer of 2009,” Jones said. “Since then under the leadership of our only executive director, Kathy Smith, we have graduated 132 participants and completed 18 projects within the city limits of Johns Creek.”
The group has also forged links with the Fulton County School System to establish a student leadership program in Johns Creek schools that in the last two years has involved more than 100 students in all four high schools.
The idea for LJC originated in January 2009 with a group of Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce members. After collaboration with other leadership programs across the country, as well as a thorough assessment with city staff from Johns Creek, LJC was created. Classes are selected in the summer and begin with a retreat over the first weekend in October.
LJC is structured as a series of learning experiences – workshops, meetings, tours, retreats and community service projects – designed to develop leadership talent in individuals representing the Johns Creek community.
Class participants are enlightened in the areas of business, government, quality of life, volunteer service and local history. All participants will develop projects that are relevant to the area and implement them to provide lasting value to the community. Graduates of LJC are projected to be the future leaders of Johns Creek, heralding civic and business organizations for community action and improvement.
Class selection is by nomination. Please visit the Leadership Johns Creek website at www.leadershipjohnscreek.org for information on how to be nominated, costs and expectations.