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Local Government Leadership Institute
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Character . Collaboration . Commitment

The Local Government Leadership Institute at CSU, Chico is a professional development training program for local government leaders who desire the professional skills necessary to be effective, proactive leaders in the 21st century.

Program content, delivered in a series of five one- or two-day workshops, aims to enhance organizational effectiveness through personal and professional growth in the most challenging areas faced by local government, special district, and tribal leaders. Led by experienced faculty with successful careers and expertise in leadership and local government, the program balances classroom learning with real world application.

Program Content Areas

Redefining Organizational Leadership

Redefining Organizational Leadership

Explore the elements of exceptional leadership and the role of today's leaders in preparing tomorrow's leaders. Participants will learn the core characteristics, skills, and behaviors of outstanding leadership and understand how to coach, motivate, and stimulate the development of leadership skills to prepare employees to assume leadership roles in the complex local government environment. Topics include assessment of leadership skills, effective feedback and coaching, leading across generations, and strategies for retention and professional development.

Vision Development & Articulation

Vision Development and Articulation

Participants will learn strategies to develop a clear, shared vision and generate innovative solutions that maximize resources; acquire the tools necessary to unleash innovation and creativity in themselves and the organization; and articulate that vision broadly to both internal and external constituencies.

Media Relations & Assessing the Political Landscape

Media Relations and Assessing the Political Landscape

Discover strategies for building positive relations with the media, citizens, and interest groups. Participants will learn a framework for understanding and evaluating the current political landscape, as well as proven techniques for developing the proactive media relationships that are essential for successful local government leadership.

Strategic Thinking & Policy Development

Strategic Thinking and Policy Development

In the current environment of increasing complexity and greater interdependence, leaders must be able to think strategically and make decisions through an informed and inclusive process. This segment focuses on specific skills required to see and think strategically and create a deliberate decision-making and planning process.

Relationship Building & Strategic Partnerships

Relationship Building and Strategic Partnerships

Presenters will share effective communication tools that enhance teamwork and cooperation within a group or organization. Participants also explore influence as it relates to building relationships, forging strategic partnerships, and effective leadership.

If you are interested in offering this unique training opportunity to members of your local, national, or international team, please email Regional & Continuing Education.