community leadership

every member can be a leader

Community Leadership is a series of workshops that combines education, networking, and practical application. Our down-to-earth approach to skill-building gives co-op members the tools they need to be successful leaders in their communities—and beyond. This is an opportunity to gather ideas from fellow co-op members from across the state and identify areas for collaboration and peer-to-peer support.

Community leaders are the engines of thriving resident-owned communities.

We believe every community member is, has been, or could be, a community leader: volunteers, committee chairs, elected directors, and members who are willing to step up when needed. Leadership roles are as varied as the tasks that need to be done.

Every co-op member has experience and knowledge that could be helpful to others struggling with the same, or similar, challenges.
Anyone living in a N.H. resident-owned community is eligible. Participants are NOT required to hold a board position in their communities.
The series is free and open to all members of NH’s resident-owned communities. Classes are held in person at the NH Community Loan Fund, 7 Wall St., Concord, NH, or online.
ROC essentials
The basics of co-op management. Corporate governance, board and member roles and responsibilities, and sound financial management practices.

Building a team
Real-time team-building exercises.

What is a leader?
Explore your own leadership potential and skills you can put them to use in your co-op, work, and home life.

Seeking maximum involvement
Tried and true community-building tools that will increase member engagement.

Effective communications
How to listen actively, ask good questions, and give good feedback. Learn how to be effective communicating with a group, or an individual.

Conflict resolution
Strategies for deescalating and resolving conflict.

Planning is power
How to set goals, make an action plan and carry it out.
The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and Granite State College have created a unique partnership that provides the opportunity for Community Leadership graduates to receive four college credits from Granite State College. A fee will be charged if graduates wish to convert their leadership completion certificates to college credits. Credit may or may not be transferable to other institutions.

Leadership grads say:

"This class was challenging, interesting, motivating, and fun!"

"I plan to use the action/workplan both personally and for the co-op."

"The atmosphere was very upbeat and the feeling in the air was electric! It kept me very alert and wanting to learn more."

"Trust me, it's well worth your time. You're not alone with issues you are having in your community."

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