Governance in the 21st Century

Should county supervisors be active or passive leaders? Is one type of leadership better than another? Can leadership be learned? Does the public sector, like the private sector, have a bottom line? Answers to these and related questions is the focus of this course. Leadership is examined and studied from a variety of vantage points during this course. Leadership attributes, characteristics and promising practices are identified. The role leadership plays in fashioning a governance model is analyzed. By way of the assigned readings, each class participant explores individual values, habits, practices, and priorities that drive leadership choices. Using the six challenges of leadership described in the Real Leadership text, class participants can “test their mettle” while coming to grips with the challenges and opportunities only leaders can address either alone or in partnership with others.