NEXTLeader Program
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Minnesota Trucking Association's NEXTLeader Program presented by 

Acuity Insurance

Shaping the next generation of trucking leaders for the good of themselves, their business, and the trucking industry through a combination of training and real-word experiences culminating in a Capstone presentation of the Minnesota Trucking Association's Board of Directors. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018/2019 NEXTLeader class! Selection is competitive! Only 20 spots are available for this program. 

CLICK HERE for program information and online application details. 

Application deadline is August 10, 2018 

When you have all necessary items, CLICK HERE to complete your online application 

Experience the NEXTLeader Journey


Over the course of this 16-month program, you will learn how to:  build teams, become a person of influence, negotiate with confidence, cultivate relationships, deliver powerful presentations, lead meetings effectively, understand & develop company metrics, leverage your MTA membership, interact with legislators and government agencies, strategically think & plan, and communicate effectively.


Applicants:  Emerging trucking industry leaders, from MTA member companies, across all disciplines are encouraged to apply.  Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on August 10, 2018 to be considered for selection.  Applicants will be contacted on August 15, 2018 with the class selection decision.  Class selection is competitive.  There are only 20 seats available in the 2018/2019 NEXTLeader class. 


To apply, you must register online and include the following:

1) Personal Essay.  In 200 words or less describe why you are a good candidate for the NEXTLeader program along with your career aspirations and goals.  Upload in PDF format.

2) Professional Resume.  Upload in PDF format.

3) Letter of Recommendation from your direct supervisor or company executive that explains why you are an emerging trucking industry leader, including descriptions and assessments on your professional achievements, qualifications and potential in the trucking industry, leadership abilities, and leadership experience.  This may be uploaded in the registration system in PDF format or sent separately to subject line: NEXTLeader Letter.


Registration Fee: The Registration fee of $2499.00 covers all expenses associated with the leadership program, including MTA event registration fees.  Participants will be responsible for transportation costs, hotel, and hotel parking.  Once the class is confirmed, each participant will receive an invoice via email for payment.  The Registration fee must be paid by August 30, 2018 to secure your spot.  


Attendance: Attendance at all sessions is critical for leadership development and getting the most benefit out of your NEXTLeader experience.  The program includes nine in-person sessions and one online session.  Attendance is required at all sessions, except for the optional golf tournament social at the Annual Conference.  Session 2 is a required online assessment that must be completed in October.  Please let MTA know in advance if you will be unable to make an event.


Meeting Details: Sessions 1, 3, and 9 will be located at the MTA’s Office Building in Brooklyn Center, MN.  The meetings will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m.  Lunch will be provided on these days.  All other sessions will occur at the respective event locations on the designated day/time.  These details will be communicated when available.  You will be registered for these MTA events automatically with your paid NEXTLeader registration.  


Hotel: Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  Each MTA event will have special hotel rates that will be communicated when available.  


Dress Code: Business casual (dress slacks, skirt, sweater, blouse, button down shirt, polo) is the preferred dress for the sessions.  Suits will be required for Session 5 (Truck to the Capitol) and Session 10 (Capstone & Graduation).  The Session 8 optional golf tournament will require golf attire (collard shirt and slacks).  


September 2018 to December 2019

Session 1: Team Building, Trucking, & Interacting with Government Officials & Agencies

Session 2 (online): Are You an Effective Leader? The Maxwell Leadership Assessment

Session 3: John Maxwell Professional Development & Leadership Training - Becoming a Person of Influence

Session 4: Safety, Profitability, and Strategic Planning – MTA Safety Conference

Session 5: Leading Change Through Influence – MTA Truck to the Capitol

Session 6: Benchmarking Revenues, Costs, and Productivity – MTA Trucking Management Conference

Session 7: Leading Volunteers – MTA Minnesota Truck Driving Championships

Session 8: Cultivating Relationships, Leading Effective Meetings, NEXTLeader Council – MTA Annual Conference

Session 9: Effective Negotiations and Communication

Session 10: Capstone Presentations & Graduation – MTA Board of Directors Meeting



Leading Yourself. Leadership begins with you. Before you can lead others you must be able to lead yourself. Leading yourself begins with having a sense of who you are, what you can do and where you are going. It is about being intentional with your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

Leading Your Team. Leading a team requires vision. People follow those who know where they are going. Effective team leaders connect their group to a common purpose and foster an environment that encourages high performance.

Leading Your Industry. Leading your industry means advocating growth and promoting change. Only collective disruption moves your industry forward. Growth requires openness to creativity and innovation that ends in acceptance of change.

Congratulations to our inaugural 2015 NEXTLeader class on completing the two year program!