Summers County Commissioner, Jack David Woodrum has been named one of a select group of leaders in county government from across the country to participate in 12th Annual County Leadership Institute (CLI), a rigorous program developed by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and Cambridge Leadership Associates.
The institute, held May 31 – June 4 in Washington, D.C., will press county officials to consider innovative approaches to address key issues facing their counties and constituents.
“The County Leadership Institute will provide a hands-on professional development experience that will help us accomplish our goals in Summers County and the region,” said Commissioner Woodrum. “This is a unique opportunity to learn from experts and work with other county leaders as we strengthen our skills to tackle some of our greatest challenges.”
The program is designed to help county leaders further develop their approaches toward solving complex challenges. It provides tools to encourage innovation and creativity; resources for invigorating organizational culture; and best practices in effective communication, collaboration and decision-making.
“Those who participate in the County Leadership Institute obtain tools, ideas and perspectives they can’t obtain anywhere else,” said Karon Harden, NACo’s director of education and training. “These county leaders not only discuss the core principles of public service leadership with prominent experts, but they also collaborate intensively with each other to develop new ways to address issues important to the citizens of their counties.”
Matthew Chase, NACo’s executive director, added, “County officials often address similar issues and can learn a great deal from one another. The County Leadership Institute fosters peer-to-peer learning and encourages common-sense solutions to challenges counties and residents face every day.”
Since its inception, the Institute has graduated nearly 300 leaders from 172 counties across 45 states. Known for enhancing the capacity of county officials to identify and implement innovative solutions to the complex challenges, this year’s program will focus closely on the demands of personal leadership in the modern era of government, one characterized as a “permanent crisis” by Cambridge Leadership co-founder Marty Linsky.
The program is made possible with the support of IBM, NACo’s Financial Services Center and the National Council of County Association Executives.