Leading, Educating, and Developing (LEAD) is a dynamic and engaging one-week leadership development program designed for local government department heads and supervisors.

What today's Leaders Face

The world of the public manager and leader is evolving at a speed that challenges even the most robust organizations.

  • Local governments are increasingly being asked to do more with less.
  • Federal and state support is declining.
  • Citizens are demanding a more caring, responsive government.
  • New technology is revolutionizing communication.

To respond to these forces, our local governments must become laboratories for a new style of organization - one grounded in basic democratic values and guided by a collective vision of community-building and empowerment.

To take our communities confidently into the future, public leaders and executives must adopt a proactive approach to change both inside the public organization and outside in the community. They must invest the time and resources required to create and maintain a continuously improving, learning organization.

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What LEAD Offers 

LEAD programs provide local government leaders essential skills they can directly apply in their organizations to make positive change. In our new LEAD programs, participants will

  • Examine, discuss, and apply the most relevant and powerful leadership practices, with focused discussions on the distinct and complex experiences of local government leaders
  • Leave the LEAD session with a clear roadmap of the concepts learned in the program that can be applied to their organizations immediately
  • Develop interpersonal skills and community and organizational leadership skills
  • Build skills and awareness through team engagement, including developing coaching techniques, an understanding of how key experiences have shaped leadership styles, and empathy for others gained through attentive listening
  • Develop a deeper understanding of inclusive leadership through sessions specifically focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion


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Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about LEAD, contact Shirley Hamblet
Email: shirleyhamblet@virginia.edu (preferred) |   Office: 434-243-5031   |  Cell: 727-744-0573