Go beyond basic leadership principles and discover innovative ideas to shape the future of your community from the inside out.
Community leaders have never faced a more challenging environment. The economy, public policy and societal dynamics are all moving targets. But there’s incredible opportunity when you know how to harness the innovations that come with that change. Find the encouragement and inspiration you need to succeed at Eller Executive Education’s Southwest Leadership Program.
The Leadership Program that Shaped Our Region
As the region’s longest-running leadership program, Eller Executive Education’s Southwest Leadership Program has united local, state and national leaders for five-day intensive experiences designed to 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.
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The Lodge at Ventana Canyon
$2,500 per participant
Tuition reduction available for groups and alumni
Certificate in Advanced Leadership
The University of Arizona
Advanced Leadership Competencies
- Boost your effectiveness as a public sector leader.
- Effectively build your organization through understanding personality dynamics.
- Gain insight into self and how to inspire and motivate others.
- Improve negotiation skills.
A Five-day Immersive Experience
Who Should Attend?
If you’re a public servant executive or manager working in the Southwest, 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 program provides insight into the issues facing public sector, law enforcement, emergency response and healthcare executives.
What You’ll Learn
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.
Sessions and Learning Objectives
Neuroscience of Leadership
- Gain valuable insights on the most recent brain research
- Discover your leadership style to improve your performance, as well the performance of your team and organization
- Examine the ethical issues surrounding “nudging” in the public sector
Leadership in Groups
- Understand factors, from a leadership perspective, that contribute to team effectiveness
- Identify the tools available to influence others, inside and outside of the workplace
- Learn tactics for defending against unwanted and/or unethical influence attempts by others
- Learn how to get more of what you want from others
- Avoid the most common conflicts encountered in day-to-day life
- Establish win-win situations for your employees and employer
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
Building a Thriving Organization
- Discover how to lead others through predictable stages
- Effectively leverage natural groups to build a high functioning organization
- Learn about the tribal leadership system
Learn from industry experts and take your leadership skills to the next level.
The Southwest Leadership 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 an optional tailored capstone project designed to address your current challenges, plus post-program implementation coaching 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.