Growing Leadership in Local Government

In collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, we are excited to offer and pilot this leadership cohort designed in partnership with an Local Government Advisory Group and demonstrate its commitment to maximizing resources for government agencies and others serving our communities.

Program Purpose

This program is an eight-session engaging and dynamic cohort leadership program designed to help participants:

  • Strengthen leadership knowledge and skills for personal and professional leadership effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Gain awareness and apply strategies to build effective teams and inclusive environments at work and with the public.
  • Enhance regional knowledge and build a robust and supportive network of public leaders across the region.

Who Should Attend?

New, emerging and current local government and public organizational staff and unit leaders working in cities, counties, and other governmental agencies from across the region who desire personal and professional growth and the opportunity to engage in skill-building, leadership learning, taking action on a leadership project of interest, and collaboration with others from the region are encouraged to apply. Participants will be expected to commit to participating in all sessions and activities (approximately 100 hours). Our goal is to recruit multi-jurisdictional participants from each county across the region. Cohort size limited to 18-24 participants.

Program Format and Expectations

The 2021 pilot program will include a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help participants process, apply and manage new information that leads to positive result for themselves, their teams, workplaces and communities.

Eight sessions will be held once/month in locations across the region to help facilitate regional knowledge and network-building. All sessions will include leadership education taught by Leadership and Civic Engagement Extension Educators and additional local presenters. To help participants gain individualized knowledge and skills, they will be completing at least two leadership assessments, receive 1-1 debriefing in this process, and have the opportunity to apply new knowledge and skills to their professional or personal leadership project they bring to (and work on) during the program.  

Participants will be organized into Peer Learning Project Teams for the duration of the program as a way to learn with peers, apply program learning, and build a foundation for a sustained, local network. Finally, participants will be expected to complete a few program ‘assignments’ outside of sessions, e.g. completing leadership assessments  reviewing materials, and attending two outside meetings: one with an assessment ‘debrief’ coach and once with their Peer Learning Project Team.

Program Cost

Tuition for the entire program is $1500 for Resource members, $1800 for non-members. Fee includes all cohort education, related materials, food, and overnight retreat lodging (double occupancy). A limited number of partial tuition assistance resources are available for qualifying participants.

For More Information:

Contact Reva Van Vleet, (320) 255-3236 ext. 323

Through a collaboration with the University of Minnesota Extension we are able to provide Growing Leadership in Local Government