As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decided to be.” This statement represents the drive and ambition of many employees that enrolled in the newest addition to the Arc of Monroe’s development programs.
In 2019, The Arc of Monroe began to offer Succession Development courses that provide a variety of classes designed to enrich the leadership qualities of Direct Support Professionals and Supervisors seeking further development and promotional opportunities. While everyone that completes the program is not guaranteed a future promotion, the skills and qualities taught within the 28 hour program bring growth for all that participate.
The coursework includes topics such as:
- The Why of Your Work
- CEO of You Inc
- Difficult Conversations
- Building Teams
- Knowing Your Limits
- HR Processes
- DSP and FLS Competencies
- Emotional Intelligence
- Cultural Competency
Also included in this timeframe, is a 360 degree assessment where each participant receives feedback from their peers, educators, people they support as well as supervisors. While this perspective feedback can be somewhat uncomfortable, we know that “if we are growing, we are always going to be outside of our comfort zone” (John Maxwell).
At the conclusion of the program, each participant is aligned with a mentor from the Arc’s leadership team that will support and encourage their growth for the following 6 months.
What employees say about the experience:
“After taking this course I’ve learned that constructive criticism is
in fact a positive thing. It taught me to look in the mirror at myself and find room to grow. The class helped me foster my growth as a
residential supervisor. I’ll forever be grateful for the opportunity to learn about myself and how to be the best advocate with the people we support.”
~ Sully Nazario
“I really liked how we were appointed a mentor to help us which was great. I still refer back to our lessons we went over to continue to grow professionally.”
~ Aeiress Wyatt
“Once I started the class, I realized this was not only a class to teach us how to be better leaders but, to be better leaders in our everyday life, on the job, as well as to learn more about ourselves as a person, and being a leader in ways I had not thought about.”
~ Candice Holmes
“The most valuable information I found to be helpful was the 360 degree feedback, and establishing a mentor. The mentor program has allowed me to establish a relationship with Executive Leadership, whereas I probably wouldn’t have without the mentor program.”
~ Maxine Bostick