A Model of Leadership Development

Goski, Jill; Blackstone, Gail; Laing, Jules
December 2002
Public Personnel Management;Winter2002, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p517
Academic Journal
Ramsey County, Minnesota successfully implemented an innovative and effective leadership training program. The county includes the metropolitan St. Louis area and serves a diverse population. The leadership academy is an ambitious endeavor that includes traditional and non-traditional training and is available to all employees through a rigorous selection process. The outcomes included reports from eight teams on leadership challenge projects where participants were asked to apply what they learned to real life situations. Employee development serves a variety of purposes and is accomplished in myriad ways. Ramsey County has created a comprehensive leadership development program, The Leadership Academy, that incorporates several learning methods. Some of the approaches utilized include group activities and experiential learning; reading, reflection, and writing on leadership topics and issues; interactive presentations by experts from within and outside Ramsey County; individual and group exploration of Ramsey County communities; concepts learned applied to county projects; and individual and small group coaching. The Ramsey County Leadership Academy is an innovative, goal-oriented program that provides practical leadership tools within the context of the 'big picture.'


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