Leadership North Dakota was formed to ensure our future.

Created for established professionals with the desire to be an effective leader in our state, Leadership North Dakota will enhance your career and expand your network. Participants meet one time per month for six months in different communities in North Dakota to gain advanced leadership skills, explore major industries and key employers within each community, and participate in high-level networking opportunities.

We need strong, connected, informed citizens who can lead our private, public and non-profit sectors while addressing the challenges and opportunities that currently exist in the state. Leadership North Dakota is a premier leadership program designed to grow the citizens our state needs. 

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2019-2020 COHORT  


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Why attend the leadership nd Institute?

  1. Learn from experts and proven leaders

    Each session will include tours of major industries, curated panel discussions and a robust line-up of speakers. Participants will broaden their knowledge of ND industries, hear from exemplary leaders, and meet with key employers throughout the state.

  2. Study advanced leadership curriculum

    The Leadership ND cohort will explore advanced leadership curriculum based on Patrick Lencioni's Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Each session will be organized around one of Lencioni’s themes. Participants will be challenged to apply their new knowledge to the industries presented and their own workplaces.

  3. Network with leaders in our state and region

    All Leadership North Dakota events are supported by a robust board of directors that includes experienced leaders in government, private, and public sectors. Leadership ND not only provides an opportunity to learn about successful styles of leadership, but also includes time to meet others who are committed to becoming better leaders in North Dakota.


Dates & Locations

Location: Bismarck, ND
Lencioni Theme: Absence of Trust
Focus: Government

Location: Watford City
Theme: Fear of Conflict
Focus: Oil & Gas Industries

Location: Fargo
Lencioni Theme: Lack of Commitment
Focus: Research & Technology

Location: Grand Forks
Lencioni Theme: Avoidance of Accountability
Focus: Unmanned Aircraft

Location: Dickinson
Lencioni Theme: Inattention to Results
Focus: Manufacturing

Location: Bismarck
Theme: Servant Leadership

The Leadership North Dakota Institute is presented by the Leadership North Dakota Board, the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, and the University of Mary Workforce Development Department.

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