The Center for Community Leadership is an education and training entity created by the National Diversity Council within the framework of its Professional Development Consortium. The Center was set up as a result of NDC's desire to combine its community education projects with fight against leadership exclusion. This Center enables everyday leaders to further ensure their professional and leadership development, along with a long-term commitment and an undeniable social impact in the areas of global community leadership.
According to the Journal of Extension Education, a workable definition for discussing community leadership and program development has been formulated by the National Extension Task Force on Community Leadership: Community leadership is that which involves influence, power, and input into public decision-making over one or more spheres of activity. The spheres of activity may include an organization, an area of interest, an institution, a town, county or a region. Leadership capacity extends beyond the skills necessary to maintain a social service and/or activities organization. The leadership skills include those necessary for public decision-making, policy development, program implementation, and organizational maintenance.
The Center for Community Leadership was created as a response for the need of solid leaders to develop the fabric of America's communities. Our goal is to provide training and support while simultaneously broadening community support by creating a place where community leaders throughout the United States can train volunteers, conduct strategic planning, present forums and workshops, and to provide high quality technical support to our nation's community leaders. We strive to empower the remnant of true leaders for the strengthening of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas communities through advocacy education.