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The John B. Gunter Community Leadership Initiative has graduated more than 400 individuals from the area’s most progressive companies/organizations since 1996.

Increased competition, demographic forces, evolving technology, shifting markets, new legislation and the dynamics of change are driving the need for leadership in our region.

The program is designed to develop leadership for the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County area by honing leadership skills and promoting community volunteerism. The program explores leadership roles in both the area’s community organizations and corporations. The Leadership Initiative accomplishes this by building executive level skills to support the goals of the sponsoring organization and providing a basis for leadership and proactive community involvement.

It includes a variety of lectures and hands-on activity involving nationally recognized facilitators as well as discussions with some of the area’s most respected leaders in addition to the opportunity to develop and work as a team on a community project.


The John B. Gunter Community Leadership Initiative helps the next generation of leaders form bond with each other that will help them work together for the future of the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County region, and gives them means to acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful leaders.

The Leadership Initiative strives to educate its participants by introducing them to regional leaders who provide invaluable perspectives on the successes of our region, the challenges we still face, and their potential for making an impact on our future.

The Leadership Initiative challenges its participants by introducing them to areas outside their fields of expertise, increasing their ability to think creatively, make decisions and solve problems.

The Leadership Initiative is an incomparable way for employers to reward and invest in their employees, which benefits our entire community.

For more information on the John B. Gunter Community Leadership Initiative please contact Debra Orner at or 814/536-5107.







  1. Adaptability/Flexibility: Is effective in working with diverse environments, new opportunities, job responsibilities, processes and people.
  2. Customer Focus: Listens to and understands the customer (both internal and external); anticipates customer needs and gives high priority to customer satisfaction at the least cost.
  3. Expertise/Proficiency: has achieved an effective level of expertise/proficiency in job-related areas; keeps abreast of current developments and trends; utilizes technology to enable a competitive advantage.
  4. Leadership: Effectively utilizes appropriate interpersonal styles and methods in guiding self, other individuals or groups toward task accomplishment.
  5. Problem Solving: Develops/implements innovative and effective courses of action based on logical assumptions and factual information and takes into consideration available resources, constraints and organizational values.
  6. Teamwork: Actively participates in, contributes to, and facilitates team effectiveness; respects the viewpoints and needs of others.
  7. Resource Management: Considers resources availability in action plans. Cost conscious, looks for innovative ways to control costs. Effectively utilizes available resources.
  8. Continuous Improvement: Continuously seeks to gain knowledge, skill and experience to grow and develop while also encouraging others to do so. Establishes aggressive performance goals, looks for opportunities to initiate value adding changes.
  9. Business Acumen: Has working knowledge of the environment in which a business operates and identifying organizational opportunities and threats; knows how business processes work and relate to each other; knows the economic impact of business decisions; recognizes the role of change in terms of gaining competitive advantage.
  10. Commitment to Action: Focuses on achieving results and persisting in the face of obstacles.
  11. Communication: Builds trust and self-confidence through respectful ongoing communication; demonstrates the ability to influence others through clear, concise presentation of I information in both written and oral form.
  12. Development: Recognizes and acts on the developmental needs of others; empowers others to make decisions, delegates effectively; coaches and counsels others.
  13. Entrepreneurialism: Treats the business as if he or she owned it. Attempts to look at the long-term value of the business, not just short-term profit.
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