Leadership Development

The Chamber is proud to facilitate the community’s premier leadership development programs: Leadership Tuscaloosa and Forerunners. Leadership Tuscaloosa is a nine-month program for professional adults in the Tuscaloosa area. Forerunners, sponsored by the Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association, is a nine-month program for high school juniors from public and private schools in Tuscaloosa County.

Leadership Tuscaloosa

Leadership Tuscaloosa

Leadership Tuscaloosa is a dynamic, personal development program designed to help the Tuscaloosa County area reach its full potential for more than 35 years.

The effectiveness of personal involvement in the future development and progress of the Tuscaloosa County community can be enhanced through increased knowledge of the area’s economic, social, historical and political issues and needs. It is the intent of Leadership Tuscaloosa to provide a foundation of such knowledge that potential leaders can use to aid their involvement and success in community endeavors.

Our goal is to make each selected participant more aware of and sensitive to the wide range of needs and opportunities in the community through shared experiences with a cross section of highly capable fellow citizens.

Leadership Tuscaloosa plays an increasing role in shaping the positive direction of many individuals inclined toward making our community a better place to live, work and play.

The objective of Leadership Tuscaloosa is to help meet the community’s need for informed, responsible and effective leadership. The Leadership Tuscaloosa program is designed to:

  • Inform participants about the area’s assets, needs and potential in several major areas. This will be accomplished through contact with local, state and national leaders who will offer information and thoughtful analysis of the study topics.
  • Stimulate the interest and awareness of participants in the program area and encourage a team approach to solving community problems. From such an approach will come the knowledge that responsible and responsive leadership is created through the efforts of citizens who often have differences of opinion and diverse views.
  • Improve participants understanding of their individual leadership roles as well as the diversity of leadership styles and skills required in solving complex community problems.
  • Develop and expand the participants’ capacity to communicate and interact with one another, community leaders and fellow citizens; and to form a network of cooperative community involvement.

The Leadership Tuscaloosa Program will consist of various one day sessions over a nine-month period beginning with an orientation, then following a monthly schedule. Each session will provide an analysis of major areas of identified community concerns as well as train the participants in specific leadership skills.

There will also be opportunities for decision making and problem solving through group processes. Class members will meet with leaders from throughout the community to discuss the issues.

Criteria for selection will include demonstrated leadership skills, active involvement in the community, and a willingness to invest the time, effort and energy required by the program. A conscientious effort is made to select participants who will represent a cross-section of the area in terms of age, sex, race, occupations and community groupings. The diversity of perspectives among participants generates much of the most meaningful personal interaction and mutual learning in the program.

Leadership Tuscaloosa has a limited number of participants. In order to meet our selection criteria and class objectives, an interview process is used for final selection of the participants.

The program's classes are structured for meaningful interchange of ideas and views by all participants. Therefore, class members are required to be consistent with their attendance at all scheduled sessions and participate in related activities and assignments.

The cost of tuition per participant for Leadership Tuscaloosa will be $1,195. The Leadership Tuscaloosa application must be completed and a photo submitted. Following review of all applications, an interview will be conducted.

Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association

Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association

The Leadership Tuscaloosa program has produced over 1,000 graduates since its inception in 1983. The Leadership Tuscaloosa Alumni Association (LTAA) is a network of graduates who are more aware of the changing issues in our community, who are engaged in our community and who help develop future leaders in our community. Under the direction of a Board of Directors, LTAA coordinates and funds Forerunners, provides scholarship funds for current class members and volunteers time in the Adopt-A-School partnership with Flatwoods Elementary. LTAA also facilitates class reunions, organizes opportunities for continuing community education and supports efforts that encourage responsible citizenship.

Forerunners

Forerunners

Forerunners is a dynamic, personal development program to help the Tuscaloosa County area youth reach their full potential.

The effectiveness of personal involvement in the future development and progress of the Tuscaloosa County community can be enhanced through increased knowledge of the area’s economic, social, historical and political issues and needs. It is the intent of Forerunners to provide a foundation of such knowledge that potential leaders can use to aid their involvement and success in community endeavors.

Our goal is to make each selected participant more aware of and sensitive to the wide range of needs and opportunities in the community through shared experiences with a cross section of highly capable fellow citizens.

For more than 25 years, Forerunners has proven to be a unique, meaningful experience and you will gain from your involvement with the ultimate beneficiary being the community.

The objective of Forerunners is to help meet the community’s need for informed, responsible and effective leadership. The Forerunners program is designed to:

  • Inform participants about the area’s assets, needs and potential in several major areas. This will be accomplished through contact with local, state and national leaders who will offer information and thoughtful analysis of the study topics.
  • Stimulate the interest and awareness of participants in the program area and encourage a team approach to
  • solving community problems. From such an approach will come the knowledge that responsible and responsive leadership is created through the efforts of citizens who often have differences of opinion and diverse views.
  • Improve participants understanding of their individual leadership roles as well as the diversity of leadership styles and skills required in solving complex community problems.
  • Develop and expand the participants’ capacity to communicate and interact with one another, community leaders and fellow citizens; and to form a network of cooperative community involvement.

The Forerunners program will consist of various one day sessions over a nine-month period beginning with an orientation, then following a monthly schedule. Each session will provide an analysis of major areas of identified community concerns as well as train the participants in specific leadership skills.

There will also be opportunities for decision making and problem solving through group processes. Class members will meet with leaders from throughout the community to discuss the issues.

Criteria for selection will include demonstrated leadership skills, active involvement in the community, and a willingness to invest the time, effort and energy required by the program. A conscientious effort is made to select participants who will represent a cross-section of the area in terms of age, sex, race, occupations and community groupings. The diversity of perspectives among participants generates much of the most meaningful personal interaction and mutual learning in the program.

Forerunners will include a limited to participants from public, private and home schools and careful attention will be given to the candidate selection process. In order to meet our selection criteria and class objectives, an interview process will be used for final selection of the participants.

The cost of tuition per participant for Forerunners will be $25 payable at the time application is made for enrollment. The Forerunners application must be completed and a photo submitted. Following review of all applications, an interview will be conducted.

Scholarships will be available to qualified applicants.