Leadership group training

Big Sky, Big Leadership was created to help build the skills of community-based leaders so they can work more effectively for positive change in their community.  Big Sky, Big Leadership is a tool that MSU Extension agents can use in their communites across Montana.  Contact your local Extension Office to ask about starting a program in your community. 

Big Sky, Big Leadership Programs in Montana

As of Fall 2022, we have five programs spanning seven counties – Broadwater, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Park, Powder River, Rosebud, and Wheatland.  Two more programs – Pondera County and Hill and Blaine Counties – are in the planning stages with the hopes that they will launch later this year or in 2023. Outline of state of Montana with dots for Reimagining Rural communities and counties where BSBL is hosted.

Why Leadership?

Communities with leadership programs enjoy countless benefits over time, including more effective board meetings; new connections which lead to new jobs; new business starts; and large grants to solve large community problems like housing and sewer issues.

What topics are covered?

Each program is designed to fit the needs of the community so specific topics vary from community to community.  In general, participants learn more about the inner-workings of their community, problem solving skills, working with groups, enhancing cooperation, and dealing with conflict.

Suited for Big Sky Country

Big Sky, Big Leadership was modeled closely after the University of Wyoming’s Extension Volunteer Organization for Leadership Vitality and Enterprise (a.k.a. the EVOLVE Program) and Park County Montana’s Leadership 49 programs. These programs have been effectively implemented in rural, frontier communities for nearly two decades.