Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Class Schedule for 2020?


How will class participants be selected?

Applications are available here and are due by August 26th, 2019. The Leadership Steering Committee will review submitted applications and select qualified applicants for interviews. Applicants who show a propensity toward community trusteeship and leadership potential will be selected. The class will represent the diversity of our community.

What does the tuition cover?

Your $1,250.00 tuition pays for the 9-month course, including presentations by accomplished skills trainers in the areas of facilitation, leadership, and coaching, as well as a ropes course and events such as graduation. Tuition also helps cover the operating cost of LSBC, a program within a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization managed by the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region. Some discounted tuition opportunities are available, and we encourage participants whose sponsors can only pay a portion of the fees, to think creatively with us to enable their participation.

What will you get our of participating in Leadership Santa Barbara County?

●     A better understanding of the issues facing our community.

●     Connections with local leaders, often of immediate professional and personal benefit.    

●     Specific leadership skills to help you become a more effective leader.

●     Confidence to make positive changes in both your personal and professional life.

●     Continued access to future LSBC programs and events.

 Participants receive a personal behavioral style assessment (IDI) and training in communication, team building, facilitation, conflict resolution, public speaking, consensus building, and information gathering. Through the course of nine months, participants have the opportunity to apply newfound leadership techniques and philosophies to real community projects and to network with a variety of local leaders.

WHat is the required Commitment?

• Attend a Class Orientation and full-day Ropes Course.

• Attend monthly skills classes/Topic Awareness Days (TADs) on second Fridays.

• As part of a group, prepare and present one TAD during one of the monthly classes.

• As a class effort, complete a Community Service Project to be presented in May.

• After graduation, new alumni are invited to continue participating in Leadership SBC in roles such as Class Advisor, Volunteer, Steering Committee Member, Sponsor, etc.

WHat is A Topic Awareness Day?

A Topic Awareness Day (TAD) is a full day of presentations and activities created to foster awareness and knowledge of important issues facing our community. Each Leadership participant will be assigned to a small group, which will be responsible for preparing one TAD and presenting it to the rest of the class. Working as a team to create a TAD serves as a medium for participants to practice and develop the skills being taught in the Leadership curriculum. Participants should expect to spend up to 30 hours outside of scheduled class time on this group project in the three months leading up to their TAD. (The Leadership Steering Committee will host the first TAD to serve as an example for the cohort.)  

What is the Class Community Service Project?

The class will select a Community Service Project from four proposals presented by local non-profit organizations. Once chosen, the class will work with the organization’s leaders to complete the project by June. The class will also plan a ribbon cutting ceremony for the project, to be presented on May 8th, 2020 to the benefiting organization and the public. Participants should expect to spend up to 20 hours outside of scheduled class time on this class project over the course of the 9 months. Click here to learn more about the community service project. 

Who is the skills trainer and what is IDI?

Our skills facilitator, Dr. Eric J. Zackrison, brings a blend of theory and practice to leadership development. After over 25 years as a restaurant manager and owner, he returned to school to get an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Communication. He currently teaches at UCSB and Cal Lutheran, works as a local consultant, and runs IDI US Inc. In his management, teaching, and consulting he focuses heavily on the relationships between people as the key to success.

The Interpersonal Dynamics Inventory (IDI) is a multi-rater behavioral assessment tool that brings multiple perceptions together to measure aspects of behavior rather than intent. IDI's results teach us how our behavior impacts others, improve our ability to work with and influence others, and helps us understand what motivates our own and others' interpersonal behavior.

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