Governmental Leadership: Politics, Communication and Influence

Aug. 15-17, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Register  (Deadline Aug. 1.)

Course Description

Working in political environments, government leaders must be adept at influencing others to achieve results that benefit the organization, as well as the public. They must fuse technical and interpersonal skills to best manage people, programs and policies. This course helps participants develop tools needed to lead in the public sector, bolstering their ability to interact with elected officials and oversee employees. On the final day of the course, each participant will present a leadership project before a panel of experts. Participants will be sent limited advanced reading before the course. Download course flyer.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the foundational skills and orientation necessary to lead in the public sector
  • Learn how to work effectively in a political environment
  • Understand how to build the authority necessary to lead effectively
  • Understand when and how to work with others to improve decision-making
  • Develop the ability to plan and manage effective small-group meetings
  • Learn how to motivate others toward better performance

Participants can earn up to 24 CPE credits in personal development for this course through the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). For NASBA purposes, it is categorized as a basic-level, "group-live" course. At the end of this course, students will receive a certificate of completion for the Leadership course. All six courses are required to receive the Center for State and Local Finance's Certificate in Public Financial Management.

Lead Faculty

John Thomas
Professor, Department of Public Management and Policy
• Internationally recognized for his research in public management and policy
• Author of four books and more than 60 articles in print

Past Guest Speakers

David Adelman
Partner, Reed Smith; Former Ambassador to Singapore and Georgia State Senator
Andrew Young
Chair, Andrew J. Young Foundation; Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Mayor of Atlanta and Georgia Congressman

Past Panelists

Judge Stephen Dillard
Chief Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Kate Pfirman
Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community Health

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