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Leadership Lansing: Sending the Elevator Back Down

Friday, August 4, 2017  
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By Michelle Rahl, Director of Business Development, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

I am proud to be a graduate of the inaugural class of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s talent development initiative, Leadership Lansing. The program is designed not just for young professionals, but for established and emerging leaders who have the ability and passion to bring about positive change to our community.
Within my class of 35 were individuals of varying backgrounds, professions, journeys, achievements and goals. But what united us was our passion for the Greater Lansing region and a desire to be part of the narrative for our future.

While I’m not a native of Lansing, I have been a part of this community for more than 8 years and through my work with the Chamber, thought that I was fully plugged into this dynamic business community. I quickly learned that what I knew about the businesses in Lansing simply scratched the surface. From eye-opening visits to the General Motors assembly plant and the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) to hearing from entrepreneurs and business leaders of all types, Leadership Lansing showed me that our business community is dynamic, unique and powerful.

In addition, participants received extensive professional development and training related to their own personal skill sets. Before the first class even began, a Strengths Finder assessment was completed by each member of the program. From that information, we were able to learn about our own strengths and weaknesses as a professional, and even more importantly, we learned how to work with others who have differing strengths. As a team, we discussed workplace and regional challenges, opportunities and next steps to move our community forward.

For employers, this is a tremendous opportunity to make an investment in your employees and drive innovation and engagement within your own company. Placing your team members in this program can serve as a talent attraction and retention tool. I highly encourage companies of all shapes and sizes to consider placing a participant in the program - I guarantee that you will both reap the benefits!

My biggest takeaway from Leadership Lansing was the connections and relationships that were established and grew during our time together. I was blown away by the insight and depth of knowledge of my fellow participants, and many times, it felt like we were teaching and learning from each other. In fact, the title of this article was a statement made by one of my fellow participants. This concept will help define my leadership approach throughout the rest of my career.

Make the investment in yourself and your employees and be a part of the 2017-18 Leadership Lansing cohort! I will forever be grateful for the experience.

Applications for enrollment in the October 2017 cohort are now being accepted. Applications are available online at lansingchamber.org or by calling the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce at 517-487-6340. The application deadline is August 16, 2017.

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