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Leadership South Dakota will prepare and promote future leaders in the state with the knowledge and skills they need to lead South Dakota organizations in the future.

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Benefits of Leadership South Dakota

Participant Benefits

  • Increased understanding of South Dakota through site tours and hearing from the people
  • Enhanced leadership skills
  • Improved public speaking skills through participation over the course of the program
  • Expansion of an informed network of colleagues
  • Improved team building skills through group discussion
  • Development of critical thinking and problem solving skills

Employer Benefits

  • Strengthened employee skill through training in leadership and strategic thinking
  • Increased visibility and access to community leaders and resources
  • Encourages employee volunteerism and leadership through exposure to the variety of community and non-profit organizations that service the state
  • Expanded leadership and critical thinking abilities, which will result in improved, and confident decision makers for your company

Community Benefits

  • Development of positive, strong and educated leaders for South Dakota
  • Increased cultural awareness of local issues
  • Encourages business reinvestment in our communities and state
  • Development of comprehensive relationships
  • Promotion of South Dakota resources
  • Growth of a diverse pool of active, community-oriented citizens

A look at the upcoming schedule for the 2018-2019 Class

See the full 2018 - 2019 schedule


September 19 - 21, in Pierre, you’ll have program orientation and go behind the scenes of SD State Government, to learn how our state leadership works from the people who make it work. 


October 17 - 19, Brookings, home to our state’s land grant university, is a perfect setting for you to gain valuable insight into our state’s #1 industry, agriculture, as well as the all-important topic of education.


November 14 - 16,  in Rapid City, you’ll dive into the incredible impact of South Dakota tourism, see first-hand the impact of military assistance in our state, and explore natural resources available.


Thanks to our sponsors


Leadership South Dakota Sponsor - South Dakota Community Foundation      Leadership South Dakota Sponsor - Bush Foundation     


Leadership South Dakota Sponsor - Sanford Health    Leadership South Dakota Sponsor - First PREMIER Bank


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