Leadership Skills


Leadership Resources for Local Officials

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


Attributes of Exceptional Boards

Leading public organizations and governing with colleagues on a board is a challenging art of community service. The Institute recognizes that many aspects of leadership and governance are not intuitive. This piece is intended to provide board members and administrators/executives insight into the attributes of exceptional boards as well as provide practical tips to help them become exceptional.


Is Your Governing Board Stifling Innovation?
12 Tips to Promote Smart Risks

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.


Working with Others to Achieve Goals

Local agency processes are group decision-making processes in which one needs the support of others to make things happen.


The Ethics of Speaking One’s Mind

How far does one’s free speech rights extend when one is a public official and one disagrees with the position the majority has taken?