Leadership and Governance

Overview

Leadership and Governance

Leading public organizations and governing with colleagues on a board or council is a challenging art of community service. The Institute recognizes that many aspects of leadership and governance are not intuitive. Essential skills for both officials and public administrators include understanding how to work with residents, staff and fellow elected officials. This section of the Institute's website offers resources and materials on responsibilities and powers, making decisions, developing community leadership, working with media and more.

Leading public organizations and governing with colleagues on a board or council is a challenging art of community service. The Institute recognizes that many aspects of leadership and governance are not intuitive. Essential skills for both officials and public administrators include understanding how to work with residents, staff and fellow elected officials. This section of the Institute’s website offers resources and materials on responsibilities and powers, making decisions, developing community leadership, working with media and more.

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For Elected Officials

Being an elected official in local government is not an easy task. You are confronted with challenging issues and circumstances, often with limited resources to address them. Establishing and maintaining an effective working relationship with your manager/administrator and staff is critical to your mutual success and the success of your community. An effective working relationship between local elected officials and with the organization’s chief executive is fundamental to the success of the organization.

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For Management and Staff

These resources are intended to help executive staff better collaborate with council and board members and address some of the stressors inherent in the relationship. Content includes: ways to promote effective governance, responsibilities and powers and tips to encourage resident leadership.

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