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1 Skills for Leadership Speakers: Robert J O’ Neill, Jr. Executive Director, ICMA Catherine Staite, Director of INLOGOV Chair: Kim Ryley, Solace

2 Future of the Profession: Leadership Attributes Robert J. O’Neill, Jr. ICMA Executive Director Solace Summit 2014 Liverpool October 16, 2014

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4 the decade of local government

5 jobsenvironmentsafety educationhealthcare infrastructure

6 The 21 st Century Challenges Issues are: Multi-Sector Multi-Disciplinary Intergovernmental

7 success of local initiatives 1.specific use of the money 2.comprehensive citizen engagement and information strategy 3.trusted agent

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9 6 practices* 1.add value to the quality of public policy and produce results that matter to their communities. 2.take a long-term and community-wide perspective. 3.commit themselves to ethical practices in the service of public values. 4.help build community and support democratic and community values. 5.promote equitable, fair outcomes and processes. 6.develop and sustain organizational excellence and promote innovation. * Nalbandian, et al; PM Magazine, 3/07

10 Fundamental Characteristics To Build A Culture Of Leadership At All Levels 1.Focus and clarity of mission 2.Being anchored around a set of organizational values 3.Selecting the right people to fit the culture 4.Investing in and developing people 5.Recognizing strong performers and high-performing teams

11 Fundamental Characteristics To Build A Culture Of Leadership At All Levels (cont.) 6.Constantly challenging the organization to be better 7. Focusing relentlessly on performance 8. Fostering personal and organizational accountability 9. Reinforcing the “meaning” and fun in work 10. Resisting the constraints of job titles, job descriptions, and organization charts.

12 Leadership For the 21 st Century: Lessons from Collins & Pink 1.Architects for “Yes” 2.Incremental Revolutionary 3.Master of the Flywheel 4.Stockdale Paradox 5.Design Literacy 6.Symphonic Skills 7.Story 8.Meaning

13 The Core Characteristics Building Trust Relationships a. Communicate and keep a promise b. Be emotionally present c. Behave predictably d. Foster we vs. me e. Understand risks and be capable of managing the risks f. Be accountable **David M. Limardi, ICMA Midwest Regional Director “Fundamentals for the Future” – September 2014**

14 2011 – IBM study focused on the value added of professional managers

15 Greatness requires endless change and adaptation while preserving core values and purpose. Good to Great Jim Collins

16 thank you

17 Leadership for experts Catherine Staite October 2014

18 Preaching to the choir  Reflections on three themes –Creativity –Courage –Charm

19 A new style of leadership Leadership CreativityCharmCourage

20 Creativity  Creativity is just connecting things. Steve Jobs  We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them Albert Einstein  Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. Albert von Szent-Gyorgy  There’s a better way to do it – find it. Thomas Edison

21 Give space Make connections Let go

22 Charm  The deepest craving of human nature is the need to feel valued and valuable. The secret of charm is therefore simple: make others feel important. Brian Tracy and Ron Arden  Charm is a way of getting the answer ‘yes’ without ever having asked a clear question. Albert Camus

23 Interested in others Really listening Bringing people together Not being right Leading by example

24 Courage  The only thing that is constant is change. Heraclitus  Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou

25 Seek support Let go of the past Be the future Keep searching

26 A new style of leadership Leadership CreativityCharmCourage

27 Skills for Leadership QUESTIONS


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