Government Leadership Excellence

Government Leadership Excellence

Learn to lead today. Lead for a lifetime.

Interested in joining us in 2024? Please complete the form below for more information.

September 16-19, 2024

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Go beyond basic leadership principles and discover innovative ideas to shape the future of your community from the inside out.


As the impacts from the global pandemic and demands for societal change challenge the local and global economy, government leaders have never faced a more challenging environment. In response, the Southwest Leadership Program has been redesigned with your needs in mind. The new Government Leadership Excellence program provides a rich learning opportunity to help you discover how to lead through these complex issues.

Attendees will engage with other talented government and nonprofit leaders through live online modules that foster interaction and application. Join us as we explore The Leader Within, how to manage Hybrid Teams and much more. This is not a webinar. Each module will include a teaching and facilitation session which, together with collaborative learning activities with your peers, will equip you to lead with excellence.

The Leadership Program That Shaped Our Region Now Has National Reach!

As the region’s longest-running leadership program, Eller Executive Education’s Southwest Leadership Program has united local, state, and national leaders who inspire personal and professional growth for more than 25 years. Our expert instructors include professors from the Eller College of Management as well as professional experts from the private sector who have worked in the public sector for years. Together they leverage their expertise to deliver a dynamic and highly relevant curriculum. 

This program has been thoughtfully redesigned in response to the unique challenges faced by public sector leaders due to the pandemic. The program's new name, Government Leadership Excellence, reflects the national reach of this program and allows motivated public sector leaders from across the country to learn collaboratively in real-time online!

Program details are subject to change


September 16-19, 2024, in Tucson, AZ


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interactive sessions


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Leadership Competencies

  1. Boost your effectiveness as a public sector leader.
  2. Effectively build your organization through understanding personality dynamics.
  1. Gain insight into self and how to inspire and motivate others.
  2. Improve negotiation skills.

Immersive, Live Experience

Who Should Attend?

If you are a public sector director or senior manager, this program is for you. For more than 25 years, we’ve educated hundreds of elected officials, senior managers of local, state and tribal governments, municipal senior executives, leaders of public educational systems and nonprofit organization leaders. Our unique program provides insight into the issues and opportunities facing public sector, law enforcement, emergency response and public healthcare leaders.

What You Will Learn

Our expert instructors include professors from the Eller College of Management as well as subject matter experts from the private sector who have worked and excelled in the public sector for years. Together they leverage their expertise to deliver a dynamic and highly relevant curriculum and experiential learning opportunities. This program allows for leaders from across the entire country to apply each module collaboratively in real time, broadening participants' perspectives. 

Sessions and Learning Objectives

Each session is delivered live by top-ranked faculty.  Sessions are interactive and incorporate experiential learning opportunities. 

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The Leader Within

  • Distinguish between managers and leaders
  • Uncover the fundamental elements of trust
  • Explore the components of transformational leadership

Leading Effective Decision-Making

  • Identify barriers to effective decision-making
  • Design choice architecture and nudge tools for better outcomes
  • Drive long-term behavioral change in  the public sector 

Success Signals

  • Learn how to get more of what you want from others
  • Avoid common conflicts encountered in day-to-day life
  • Establish win-win situations for your team and agency

Negotiating for Government Leaders

  • Effectively separate problems from people 
  • Learn to focus on positions, not interests
  • Create mutual gain in negotiations in the public sector

Enhance your public sector leadership skills and enjoy networking with peers from other agencies and departments.

SAVE THE DATE: September 16-19, 2024

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The Program has helped to develop the next tier of leaders in our organization as we implement new processes and technology in a rapidly changing environment.

Michael Ortega, Manager, City of Tucson


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Collaborate with Us: Corporate Partner Program and Customization

Corporate partners receive discounts for each participant and we can potentially tailor a capstone project designed to address your current organization's challenges for sending groups of four or more. We can also hold a program at your site or design a leadership program that specifically meets your organization’s needs.


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