Leadership development for municipalities to train leaders, managers and elected officials in critical skills.

The Challenge

After reviewing the professional development needs of municipal managers and elected officials across Nova Scotia, AMANS identified a need for leadership development for municipalities. They asked us to develop training workshops that provide the skills needed for effective municipal governance and administration.

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Rebecca Macaulay, Former Director, Human Resources
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

The Process

We researched, designed and developed five skills-based two-day workshops, creating the facilitator guides and participant manuals for each workshop. The workshops covered transferable skills (e.g., team-building, facilitation, change management and communication) and technical skills (e.g., how to read financial statements, how to prepare a municipal budget).

The workshops feature case studies that enable municipal managers and elected officials to explore issues they encounter in their roles. They also include activities and group discussions that leverage participants’ real-world experiences into learning opportunities.

Leadership topics covered by the workshops include:

  • Ethics
  • Coaching
  • Building teams and culture
  • Developing and inspiring staff
  • Effective decision-making
  • Diplomacy and managing conflict

The Result

Leadership development for municipalities workshops gave municipal government staff and elected officials across Nova Scotia the critical knowledge and skills to lead the province more effectively.

Project Snapshot

The Association of Municipal Administrators (Nova Scotia) (AMANS) provides leadership, funding
and programming in local governmental professional development and
training for municipal administrators
in Nova Scotia

Non-Profit Association

Custom Training, Needs Analysis

Skills Demonstrated

Instructional Design, Project Management

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