It’s not easy being a city leader today. You are tasked with stimulating economic growth, keeping people safe, providing the needed infrastructure, managing finite resources, engaging your citizens, being fiscally responsible, and more. Your constituents want transparency in government, and honest and accountable leaders. They want leaders who will solve their problems, and provide for a better future.
Managing these governing challenges means leading strategically, thinking creatively, and acting collaboratively. It requires leadership skills and knowledge that many city officials lack, and have difficulty learning on the job.
But these skills can be taught. You can develop the qualities and capacities required for leading your city through change and challenging times.
The Texas Municipal League announces its second annual Leadership Academy – a two-course, six-day program, designed to enhance the leadership skills of officials who serve our Texas cities. The Leadership Academy features an impressive faculty of university professors, thought leaders, and governing officials who will teach you to critique your own decisions and actions, and develop the competencies needed to excel in your leadership role.
July 29-31 – Course One: Personal Leadership Effectiveness
August 26-28 – Course Two: Ethical and Collaborative Leadership
At the TML Leadership Academy, you will:
- Measure your leadership competencies, and identify actions to improve your effectiveness.
- Examine who you are, and why you are leading.
- Explore the principles and characteristics of ethical leadership.
- Discuss today’s standards for transparency in government, and what they mean to you.
- Learn to build trust and community.
- Improve team-building and communication skills.
- Practice negotiation and conflict resolution for strategic influence.
As a Leadership Academy participant, you will assess your personal leadership style and approach in a comfortable setting. You will meet and work with your counterparts from other Texas cities, discussing local issues in the broader leadership context. And you will discover how to apply what you learn in your public service role.
Most importantly, your city and citizens will benefit from the education and experience that you will gain.
TML Leadership Fellow
Make the commitment and attend both courses (more than 30 hours of training) to be awarded the prestigious title of “TML Leadership Fellow.” All TML Leadership Fellows will be honored at the closing session on August 28, and in Texas Town & City magazine.