We often hear about developing leaders, finding leadership characteristics in people, and becoming better leaders. While discussion of these topics has filled numerous books, there's another component to leadership: ideas. Leaders are often innovators and visionaries. In the private and public sectors, leaders can help advance causes, cultivate businesses and improve communities.
A number of years ago the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce started a program called Leadership Cape. This year's class recently presented their group proposals, ideas that the members felt would help improve Cape Girardeau. The projects included: An aquarium (one group proposing an aquarium/IMAX theater complex and the other a river museum and aquarium), an outdoor amphitheater, botanical gardens and a dog park.
Leadership Cape proposals have been a driving force for some of the features in Cape Girardeau, including Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center and the Discovery Playhouse. To see a list of projects from years past and the status of each as reported by the groups, go to www.capechamber.com.
If you're interested in participating in next year's Leadership Cape class, contact Tracey Glenn at 335-3312.