Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Effective Leaders Look at World through Multiple Frames

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Effective Leaders Look at World through Multiple Frames

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The following is a preview of one of the topics to be covered during Leadership Training Institute seminars at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in New Orleans, November 13-17.

Successful leaders of the 21st century have to identify and make sense of complex situations before taking appropriate action. Even though the professional life of public officials is often hurried and urgent, it is incumbent on leaders to have and utilize sophisticated, diagnostic tools to understand the nuances and variables of difficult challenges facing their communities before jumping to conclusions and recommendations.

The "Leadership Power and Spirit" workshop, which takes place November 14 during NLC's Congress of Cities and Exposition, will provide a diagnostic model of four primary "frames" (the structural, the human resource, the political and the symbolic), which serve as windows to look out on the world and lenses which bring the world into perspective and sharper focus. These frames function as a cognitive map that affects what to look for, what it means and what to do. Therefore, the frames serve both as a diagnostic tool and as a model for more effective planning strategies and implementation.

Furthermore, knowledge and use of multiple frames facilitate a more holistic and penetrating perspective on people and events, and expands choices and effectiveness,

Research indicates that most of the population tends to rely heavily on only one or two of the four frames. …

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