Council Calls Leadership Education Essential to Effective Governing

By Ashton, Mary | Nation's Cities Weekly, April 3, 1995 | Go to article overview

Council Calls Leadership Education Essential to Effective Governing


Ashton, Mary, Nation's Cities Weekly


In order to address the complexities of our changing communities, local officials need to recognize the importance of leadership education for themselves and their fellow council members. That was the resounding theme of the Leadership Training Council Meeting held in Washington during the Congressional City Conference.

Chaired by Gene Feldman, Alderman, Evanston, Ill, the purpose of this meeting was to assist NLC's Leadership Training Institute in identifying meaningful goals and strategies for helping local officials meet the leadership challenges within their communities.

Since 1992, the Leadership Training Institute, NLC's education and training component located within the Center for Education and Information Services, has provided education and training to over 6000 local officials through seminars and conferences convened across the country.

Programs offered by the Institute during 1995 include: three "leadership labs" for recently elected officials; regional seminars on issues pertaining to public safety, community mobilization, the media and local leadership, and effective council relations; NLC's third Leadership Summit which will focus on the theme "Beyond Polarization: Leadership and Governance for A New Era of Politics;" and 30 pre-conference seminars held in conjunction with the Congressional City Conference that took place in Washington this March and the Congress of City Conference and Exhibition scheduled for Phoenix in November.

During the Leadership Training Council meeting, leadership development was discussed as a necessary and on-going endeavor which can no longer be viewed or treated as a frill or an extra. "Leadership development must become an essential component to local governance and community investment. …

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