Professionals who enter the University of Minnesota Extension’s eight-month Collaborative Leadership Fellows program recognize from the outset that solving community problems — gangs, teen bullying, unemployment — doesn’t involve simple solutions.
So program participants learn to work across sectors and consider many ideas, all without seeing a clear solution for a while.
“It’s harder to do, it takes longer, but the end result is more effective,” said John DuBall, a member of the latest group of participants who will be graduating from the program this weekend.
Also, said DuBall, who is lead pastor at NewDay Church in Rochester, “It helps you understand the nature of working with other people that breaks down barriers instead of building them up.” ...
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