Step Up to Leadership: A Curriculum for Developing Community Leaders (Participants’ Manual)

Dennis Murphy artEditor's note
The following abstract describes a publication that is only available for purchase through Johanna Reed Adams. Missouri community action agencies can purchase the book for $10 — contact Johanna Reed Adams for more information.

The Step Up to Leadership curriculum intertwines two learning goals

  • To present content learning about specific topics a novice board member will need to know
  • To provide a learning environment where participants can develop self-awareness and enhance their understanding about human nature and relationships.

The Participants' Manual contains narrative explaining each topic and all the essential learning points. Recognizing that many terms will be unfamiliar to some participants, the curriculum includes a section at the back of the manual referred to as Wordsmith.

Step Up to Leadership session topics

  • Introduction
  • Session 1
    Come as You Are
  • Session 2
    Planning for Your Passion
  • Session 3
    Team Up
  • Session 4
    Understanding Diversity
  • Session 5
    Embracing Diversity
  • Session 6
    All Aboard — The Legalities
  • Session 7
    All Aboard — The Practicalities
  • Session 8
    Meeting Manners and Meeting Matters
  • Session 9
    Conflict as Opportunity
  • Session 10
    Speak Up, Speak Out
  • Session 11
    Funding the Way
  • Session 12
    Stepping Out
  • The Wordsmith


  • Community action
  • Communications
  • Intrapersonal skills
  • Decisions
  • Planning


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