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
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.