Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland USA

Why do we need RLI?  Who should participate?

The purpose of The Rotary Leadership Institute is to provide an educational opportunity for Rotarians identified as potential leaders by their club presidents. If your club cares about its future, it will want the best leaders and members possible. This is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people, who will also be exposed to new ideas of leadership. The exchange of ideas with other Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile.

Rotary needs a constant influx of leadership as club officers change every year. It is difficult at the club level to learn enough about the exciting world of Rotary with its 1.2 million members in 167 countries. Leadership skills in a voluntary organization are often different from business leadership skills. It is important that club leaders have every opportunity for education because the success or failure of our clubs depends largely on the quality of their leaders.

Clubs should strive for the best leadership possible in order to ensure their future success. This is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people who will also be exposed to new ideas of leadership.

The institute offers a leadership course in three full day parts (Parts I, II, III). Those completing each part are eligible for the next part. The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for voluntary organizations. RLI does not provide position specific training. Instead it is an opportunity to really “discover Rotary”. Some examples of course sessions include "Rotary Beyond the Club", "The Rotary Foundation", "Membership Development and Retention", "Strategic Planning", "Creating Hands On Service Projects", "Vocational Service", "International Service" and "Analyzing a Rotary Club".

RLI gears classes toward professional persons who want to be more effective leaders in their vocation and club, and more knowledgeable Rotarians.

The institute believes in course sessions with as much discussion/participation as possible. Discussion breakout sessions are limited to approximately 15 persons. Lectures are limited. Course methods include discussion groups, role-playing, problem solving workshops, creating projects and audiovisual presentations. Everyone participates during the institute's sessions.

Students return to their clubs with enthusiasm, fresh ideas, and an increased understanding of their potential as Rotarians.

The Institute recommends that clubs nominate those Rotarians who appear to have the potential for club leadership, not just those slated as future presidents but anyone interested in positions of leadership. Candidates should certainly have a strong interest in Rotary and be ready to be exposed to the large world of Rotary. The Institute requests each club nominate one or two Rotarians each year and support previous nominees in completing Parts II and III.

Nicolette "Nicki" S. Klein , Chair

Rotary Leadership Institute - Heartland U.S.A. Division

The Rotary Leadership Institute, Heartland U.S.A. Division is not an official program of Rotary International, nor under its control.