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Taking your leaders to the next level

Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 2:00:00 pm

Who are some of the most inspiring leaders in Greater Philadelphia and on the Main Line? How do companies identify the emerging leaders within their ranks? How do businesses and nonprofits affect the future of our region – how we educate our children and invest in our future in other ways? What difference do you want to make in the world and how do you make that difference? These questions and more are at the heart of Leadership Main Line as The Main Line Chamber of Commerce heads toward graduating its 17th class next week.

With graduation scheduled for our June 20 Celebration of Business Leadership, during the final day program of Leadership Main Line this week, participants reflected on words that represent their view of the program. Chosen words included empowering, enlightening, collaborative, extensive, enriching, engaging, comprehensive and practical.

One main component for the class has been its class project for Today is a Good Day, which works to help parents whose children are born prematurely while babies are in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Leadership Main Line is doing all it can to help this already-outstanding nonprofit reach new levels of success in its mission.

In addition to the graduation, the class will present to the Boards of Directors of both Today is a Good Day and The Chamber.

The staff and the Leadership Main Line Steering Committee’s attention now turn to recruiting 24 participants our next program, Leadership Principles & Profiles, which will be held over four days in September through December. If Leadership Main Line is more externally oriented, involving leadership through the lens of nonprofit involvement, LP&P is more about effectively leading teams internally.

Key components of Leadership Principles & Profiles include:

  • Conversations with inspiring leaders, focused on strategy and turning points and how to surround yourself with the right people.
  • Essential leadership skills training, with a heavy focus on communications, listening and the power of developing strong personal connections with direct reports. During my own leadership journey, I’ve learned that you can’t focus on communication enough. It’s the single most important key to success and learning more about how to do it effectively can be a major differentiator between success, mediocrity and failure.
  • In-depth sessions on 1) crafting a vision, 2) building alignment and 3) championing execution, using the Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders™ Profile.

Leadership Principles & Profiles is still the new kid on the block when compared to Leadership Main Line. The feedback we are receiving is that it provides a practical approach to more effectively leading teams.  

I’ve also come to believe that working with talent is one of the ways in which The Chamber can have its greatest impact on our region and its companies. To find out more please reach out to me at or Leadership Programs Coordinator Meg Maurer at

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