Donald Rosier, chairman of the Jefferson County (Colorado) Board of Commissioners, was one of a select group of 23 leaders in county government from across the U.S. who participated in the a national leadership institute developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Cambridge Leadership Associates.
The 4 day Institute, held June 3-7 in Washington, D.C., challenged the county officials to consider innovative approaches to address key issues facing their home county and residents.
Participants worked with the faculty as a group to develop a sense of direction and vision; a mechanism for innovation and creativity; a resource for invigorating organizational culture; and increased risk taking, improved decision making, team building and effective communication.
“The Institute provided a unique opportunity to learn from experts in leadership development and to work with my colleagues from across the country,” Commissioner Rosier said. “I was really amazed at how similar the problems are from county to county across the nation. We can learn so much from each other by sharing and applying the principals we learned from the experts.”
“The county officials who participate in the institute get information, ideas, and perspectives they can’t get anywhere else,” said Larry E. Naake, executive director of NACo. “These county leaders not only discussed the core principles of public service leadership with faculty, they also collaborated intensively with each other to develop new ways to attack real-life issues of importance to the residents of their counties.”
The curriculum of the institute was originally developed by Marty Linsky, co-founder of Cambridge Leadership Associates and faculty at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Schall, Dean, Robert F. Wagner School of public policy at the New York University specifically for NACo. Jeffrey Lawrence of Cambridge Leadership Associates delivered this year’s program.
For more information, contact Karon Harden, NACo, at 202.942.4277 or Kharden@naco.org or Kathryn Heider, Jefferson County Public Information, at 303-271-8515.