Letter to the Editor on the Leadership Tangipahoa Leadership
Leadership Tangipahoa is a class that is designed to develop
leadership skills in emerging leaders in our community and provide
each student with a broad knowledge of business, economic,
governmental, social and support systems in Tangipahoa Parish.
I am privileged to be part of a class of 21 leaders in our
The class of 07-08 just completed our first session addressing
The class was held at the Louisiana Department of Labor in Hammond.
facility is used for training sessions and meetings. It is newly
remodeled with state-of-the-art technology and comfortable
“Leadership Competencies” delved into values, beliefs, and profiles
that make effective leaders.
Being sensitive to the needs of your employees, effective
communication skills, and diversity in the workplace were topics
that were explored.
Creating a values-based vision, motivating employees to work for the
vision and giving them the support they need to reach the vision is
the leadership style that Leadership Tangipahoa promotes.
Lunch was at Tommy's Pizza. We had a room to ourselves and enjoyed
Friendships and networking are being developed that will make for a
We are touching on subjects that are tapping into our souls. We are
brainstorming ways to make Tangipahoa an even greater place for our
children and grandchildren.
After lunch, we completed a Core Values Inventory and shared our
personal profiles. This instrument was valid in describing the
values that people bring to their workplace.
affirmation of our values was interesting. With the explanation of
the different values profiles, we came to a deeper understanding of
our coworkers' performance.
The most valuable asset of the tool is its use when hiring
employees. Matching profiles to jobs can increase the quality of
The next topic on the agenda was Effective Communication. We learned
skills in speaking, listening, and telephone communication.
These are life skills that must be developed in order for leaders to
be successful. There is no doubt this will be one of the best
professional development opportunities in my career.
I thank Father Ed Everitt, O.P., pastor of Holy Ghost Church, for
sponsoring me in this endeavor. I thank and commend Glen Villalobos,
executive coordinator, for his expertise and delivery of the
information. He is the epitome of a “teacher.” He facilitates
lessons that are thought provoking and life changing.
I am looking forward to the next class where we will explore the
makings of our local government.
- Cathy LeBlanc, principal of Holy Ghost School Leadership
Tangipahoa Class of 2008, Hammond