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Curriculum


The Curriculum of the Rocky Mountain Leadership  Program is based on our model of effective public sector leadership, as illustrated by the model below:*

Effective Leadership Model


ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP

Explore with participants the meaning and behavioral components of ethics, integrity, trust, credibility and character.  These are five of the most important core leadership competencies that highly effective leaders must possess and demonstrate on a regular and consistent basis.  Highlights of the module include the opportunity to take two personal assessment instruments: The Ethical Type Indicator which assesses a person’s ethical preferences when confronted with an ethical dilemma and the Trust and Credibility Inventory, which helps a person assess the extent to he/she possesses and demonstrates those behaviors that result in trust and credibility.

MOUNTAIN VISION: LESSONS BEYOND THE SUMMIT

This session takes the audience on a journey guiding blind climber Erik Weihenmayer on mountains around the world, culminating with the summit of Mt. Everest.  He draws on many of the metaphors hidden in the world of adventure and brings them to his audience in a humorously inspiring way. These messages are funny, potent and tactile; reminding his audiences that it is critical to focus on creating a powerful and selfless team, seek out opportunities to be a leader and disregard the expectations others create in order to achieve your own potential.

SETTING THE STAGE

This session addresses the recent history of the public sector and the challenges facing it. Participants will understand the implications of major reform movements throughout the 20th Century, learn about the importance of social capital and learn about the new realities of American public life.

MEETING OF THE MINDS

Using the Emergenetics Instrument, this session helps participants take full advantage of their thinking and behaving attributes. Participants will walk away with tools and techniques to improve their leadership skills.

SIGNATURE LEADERSHIP

Just as each person’s signature is unique, every leader has their unique leadership style. This session focuses on the attributes, strengths, and practices that make up the unique “leadership signature” of each participant.

AN EVENING WITH THOMAS JEFFERSON

Through a discussion with a Thomas Jefferson character interpreter, this session takes participants back to our democratic roots and puts current issues and challenges into perspective by looking at them through an historical lens.

LEADING IN CHALLENGING TIMES – THE ROLE OF ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP

This interactive session uses Sir Earnest Shackleton’s Voyage of endurance as a case study and metaphor for public leadership. Developing adaptive leadership skills are emphasized.

WHEN TEAMS WORK BEST

A thorough exploration of extensive research into what makes teams work which will help participants harness the power of cooperation and teamwork for increased productivity and effectiveness.

NAVIGATING THE POLITICAL WATERS

A study of the relationship between staff and their elected officials that will discuss politics as choices among conflicting values, compare political and administrative values and perspectives and identify translating and aligning roles for chief administrative officers.

SYSTEM THINKING AND SOCIAL SYSTEMS

Systems thinking is a core competency that focuses on continuously enhancing the capabilities of people to see reality and take effective action within a complex system to create their desired future.

CREATIVITY AND COMMUNICATION – IMPROVISATIONAL LEADERSHIP

This highly entertaining and energizing session underscores the power of creativity and laughter for breaking barriers, making connections, finding solutions and building relationships.


The Rocky Mountain Leadership Program may be used in meeting the requirements for many professional development requirements, including the Credentialed City Manager program offered through ICMA. In addition, participants may earn college credit if desired.

*Individual sessions may vary.

 

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