Leadership Institute

Leadership Skills for Your Managers

Growing Community Leaders


To provide mentoring and curriculum for local businesses that encourage professional development from within their organizations. To grow leaders in our local communities.

2016 Leadership Institute Registration Now Open

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The Leadership Institute (LI), sponsored by the Puyallup Sumner Chamber of Commerce, is a premier
leadership development program designed to identify, educate and motivate a network of community
leaders and increase each individual’s capacity to serve the Puyallup and Sumner communities. Selected
participants learn through seminars, team project development, panel discussions, direct interaction with community leaders, and a variety of experiential activities.

LI is designed for high potential employees who are ready to focus on core leadership skills and poised
to move up in their organizations. For nine months, L I participants receive specialized leadership training frameworks from the book The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes & Posner. This transformative learning opportunity takes an individual’s potential and turns it into powerful performance.

Learning Outcomes, Themes, and Related Activities
What do participants get out of the class and how will my organization benefit?
:: Strengthen Leadership Practices
:: Identify individual skills that guide leadership efforts
:: Create and engage with a network of professional peers
:: Learn about AND connect with the Puyallup/Sumner communities
:: Contribute to community betterment through a Team Learning Project
Encourage the Heart: Community Learning Project
Enable Others to Act: Hello Neighbor Activity
Model the Way: Leadership Trait Assessment
Challenge the Process: Making an Impact on Your Community
Inspire a Shared Vision: Informational Visits to Public and Private Entities

How will my organization benefit?
Your employees will
:: Learn to identify their strengths and utilize them in a leadership capacity
:: Develop skills to effectively motivate others within your organization
:: Cultivate relationships with business and community leaders
:: Be given privileged access to knowledge of vital community resources and infrastructure
:: Identify organizations within the community that are in alignment with your company’s vision and service mission
:: Adopt a mindset of servant leadership

“Each of us is a part of a great Puyallup-Sumner community. The Leadership Institute builds community through relationship and leadership development, in the classroom and out and about in our two cities. The program is a unique way to grow as well as give back, and leaves participants with lasting insights, skills, and friendships.” – Glenn Kasman, President, Good Samaritan Hospital Multicare

What kind of commitment would be expected?
:: Six month program, January through June
:: Attendance to all sessions required
:: One full day each month, usually the third Friday, plus a limited number of additional days for independent work on the Team Learning Project
:: Homework and reading assignments

What is included with the program?
:: Course book by Kouzes & Posner, The Leadership Challenge
:: Continental breakfasts and lunch
:: Formal program orientation reception and graduation celebration

:: Introductions to local, county and state elected officials
:: Networking within the Leadership Institute class and a diverse and upwardly mobile group of future executives who represent top companies and organizations in the area
:: Education about the extensive needs, resources and opportunities available in the Puyallup and Sumner region

Why does the local Chamber sponsor this program?
:: Develop collaborative and ethical leadership skills for local businesses and organization representatives
:: Strategically cultivate strong communities and improve quality of life for our residents and businesses
:: Develop high quality volunteer leaders for civic, charitable and governmental organizations in Puyallup and Sumner
:: We get results! Many of our current local community leaders are graduates of our Chamber Institute and serve as CEO’s, Council members, and leads for giving agencies

Previous organization participants for LI
:: Alaska Airlines :: Best Western Premier Plaza :: City of Puyallup :: City of Sumner
:: Coleman American Moving Services :: Columbia Bank :: Edward Jones Investments
:: Exodus Housing :: Fairfield Inn & Suites :: Green Mountain Kuereg Coffee Roasters
:: Helping Hand House :: Heritage Bank :: Holiday Inn Express & Suites :: Kiwanis
:: MultiCare :: Pierce College :: Pierce County :: Puyallup City Council Members
:: Puyallup Police Department :: Puyallup School District ::Red Canoe Credit Union
:: Rotary :: Sumner City Council Members ::Sumner Police Department :: Sumner School District
:: Sunset Chevrolet :: The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse :: Washington State Fair