Being a leader, particularly in local government, isn’t easy. Institute for Local Government makes a priority of making resources available to local leaders to help them in their service to their communities.
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.–Peter Drucker
In our disruptive environments, innovation is an imperative for local agencies. Communities are confronted with economic distress, demographic and social shifts, and opportunities posed by new technologies.
Collaboration among elected bodies and between individual members takes effort. Finding common ground and cultivating respectful relationships early on can make for a more civil and effective governing body.
This article provides strategies that leaders can employ to maximize the likelihood that public meetings on controversial issues will involve constructive exchanges that contribute to the best decision being made.