For leaders who are committed to strengthening their skills and empowering their communities. Broaden your knowledge and your professional network. Understand the role and influence of government and special interests on the issues that matter to you.

Emerging Leader Program Leadership Advancement Program

Creating a Legacy of Leadership

The value of people working together is greater than the sum of what they can accomplish alone. When power is shared and diverse voices are heard, solutions are more likely to benefit the community as a whole. This is known as leadership for the common good, and it is the aim of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

In today’s constantly changing world, leaders cannot work in a vacuum. Virtually every major public problem spills beyond the boundaries of any one sector. How can we bring people together from diverse backgrounds and sectors to tackle complex public challenges when budgets are tight and residents are skeptical of government’s ability to solve problems?

Competing interests of environmental preservation, recreation, manufacturing, and food production create challenges for leadership at every level. These challenges call for new ways to connect our strong agricultural, forestry, and natural resource sectors with our extensive industrial and manufacturing experience, advancing a new, economy to sustain Michigan’s future. The need for enlightened leadership is critical. The Great Lakes Leadership Academy seeks to find people who are willing to step forward to collaboratively address our state's most complex issues.

The Great Lakes Leadership Academy is part of Michigan State University Extension's portfolio of programs and is supported by gifts from numerous organizations and contributors.

Learn About Our Programs

  • Emerging Leader Program

    The Emerging Leader Program is designed to provide an understanding of individual and organizational behavior and development and teach advanced communication and conflict management techniques.

  • Leadership

    MSU Extension strengthens the leadership skills of individuals and organizations so they can participate fully in our democracy. MSU Extension offers several classroom-based leadership development training programs and educational resources.