Leadership skills gained in LEAD Academy include:
· Coaching peers and being a positive influence in the workplace
· Understanding how different teams in the court and Judiciary work together
· Recognizing the influence of culture and trust in the workplace
· Leading a team and accomplishing goals with others
· Improving self-awareness and personal development
Here’s one quote that captures why many applicants applied to the LEAD Academy:
“I would like to improve and further develop my leadership skills to enhance my performance in the court. I look forward to positioning myself as an asset for both the court administration and for my colleagues. Through the acquired knowledge, I will better serve the workplace community, feeling reassured by the opportunity for growth that this program represents.”
-Maria Elena Pintado-Espiet, Case Manager - District of Puerto Rico
The LEAD Academy starts on May 20 with the Mentor Connect component. Mentors guide discussions for each leadership skill, offer feedback, and help participants keep their progress in the LEAD Academy on track. Mentors can also share ideas on how to apply leadership skills.
Participants and mentors will receive a Mentor Connect Workbook with the foundational concepts for each of the 5 leadership skills. The Required Assignments and Mentor Connect discussions are required in order to attend the workshops at the NCBC conference. Participants and mentors should connect every two weeks to complete the workbook prior to the NCBC Conference.
The NCBC Conference workshops build on the foundational concepts laid out in the workbook assignments. Participants will practice using those leadership skills with other LEAD Academy participants. Four of the five LEAD Academy leadership skills are covered during the all-day pre-conference workshop on Monday, August 5th, so participants must travel to Chicago prior to Monday. Participants must register for the final leadership skill, Leading with your Strengths, a breakout session offered during the NCBC conference.
After the conference, LEAD Academy participants will create a personal self-development plan with their mentor to apply the leadership skills in their current role with the court.
We are excited to pilot this new program for our NCBC members!
Congratulations and a big “Thank You!” to Jessica Garibay (CACB), who created the winning logo for the LEAD Academy logo contest!
For more information on the program, visit the LEAD Academy webpage or contact Sandy Smith, LEAD Academy Subcommittee Chair.
NCBC LEAD Subcommittee Members: Sandy Smith (CAEB—Chair), Eric Dixon (INSB), Susan Gallup (WAWB), Kathy Noel (CASB), Woody Parks (MNB), Dailin Pena (FLSB), Anita Pribula (OHNB), Melody Siefert (NMB), Jamie Smith (MNB), Jan Zari (CACB)