Everything in life is made better with a plan. So here’s my plan for this blog. In the months and years ahead, I’m going to offer up advice and analysis about what it takes to be an effective leader in your community, someone who can change your community in positive ways.
And what are the things that make good leaders? A set of skills. (We’ll talk about these skills going forward.) A sense of how communities work and how they come to important decisions. (We’ll talk about these things, as well.) Finally, the very best leaders have a temperament for public engagement. They don’t take criticism personally, for example, and they are astonishingly persistent. I’ll explain why these qualities are important.
Along the way, I’ll tell you about some things I’ve seen in my work as a consultant to local governments and civic organizations. And I’ll tell you what I’ve learned from reading about cities and leadership. I hope you’ll share some stories with me, as well.
Photo by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center licensed under Creative Commons.