Leadership is like being the first egg cracked in an omelette.
That’s one of the messages about assertiveness that Cherrell McKoy picked up as a trainee in a workforce leadership program that’s now being offered to employees at Brockton-based Father Bill’s & MainSpring, the nonprofit that provides shelter to the homeless and supportive housing throughout southeastern Massachusetts, including the emergency shelter in the downtown area. McKoy, of Boston, said she’s taken about five classes thus far in the past two months through the workforce training program that’s being funded by the state.
“Now I can utilize what I have learned and feel comfortable to apply for a leadership position with confidence,” said McKoy, a housing case manager, who’s been employed for two years at Father Bill’s. “Not only have I been able to apply those leadership traits to my job, I’ve been able to apply them to my personal life in being a mother, a wife, a daughter and friend. … The three important things I learned from the training are that leaders are teachable, leaders build morale and leaders lead with a mission. At Father Bill’s our mission is no one should be homeless, and I truly believe in that.”
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito came to the training room at Father Bill & MainSpring’s offices on Belmont Street in Brockton on Thursday to announce a total of $10 million in matching funds granted by the state, mostly for private businesses, with 96 grants awarded to 133 employers, which she said will be used to provide training to around 6,500 employees