Welcome to LEAD.
LEAD is a collaborative learning initiative developed by the cities of Batavia, Elgin, and St. Charles, Illinois, to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth amongst their employees to help fulfill its mission: developing leaders to build a stronger community.
LEAD understands that leadership comes from all levels of the organization and extends throughout the community, with an underlying tenet of inclusion, rather than exclusion. At its core, LEAD's focus is to build strong leaders at every level in the organization in order to build a stronger community.
While many of us believe ourselves to be good leaders because we know how to lead, LEAD provides opportunities for self-development. Self-development complements what we have previously learned in the classroom and on the job, enhances our personal competence, creates opportunities for us to become more adaptive and resilient, and helps us meet our objectives, both personally and professionally.