Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

A Profile in Leadership, Developing Skills

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

A Profile in Leadership, Developing Skills

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Local elected and appointed officials must work in an ever-changing political environment. Difficult decisions, complicated issues, diminishing resources and growing public expectations are all part of the landscape. Subsequently, strong leadership skills are a critical part of meeting today's needs and tomorrow's demands.

As part of NLC's mission to create stronger communities, the NLC Leadership Training Institute offers programs that focus on building leadership skills and serves as a learning and resource center for local government officials. More than 3,000 mayors, council members and other local leaders engage in NLC leadership training programs each year.

An active participant and progressive leader of the NLC Leadership Training Institute is Kathie Novak, mayor of Northglenn, Colo., who has served on the NLC Leadership Training Council for the past eight years and served as its chair in 1998.

Novak was elected mayor in 2001 after serving for 10 years as a Northglenn city council member. She has served on numerous city council committees and is active in the National League of Cities, where she has chaired several NLC committees and was elected to the NLC Board of Directors in December 2002. Additionally, Novak has chaired the Mayors and Councilmembers Section, along with the Strategic Visioning Committee, for the Colorado Municipal League.

Mayor Novak recognizes the essential value of first-rate leadership skills for local officials as she also serves as the director of the Rocky Mountain Program, a unique leadership program held twice a year.

The mission of the program is to enhance the leadership skills of public officials. More than 1,400 elected and appointed public executives from 38 states and seven foreign countries have completed the program since 1982.

The Rocky Mountain Program is an intensive eight-day residential program that allows participants to reflect on their role in the public sector, examine the changing and demanding environment in which they operate and develop leadership skills that help facilitate public action. …

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