NACo Announces High Performance Leadership Academy

NACo’s new Leadership Academy is an online training to develop professional talent in your county staff

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The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an online 12-week program that will empower frontline county government professionals with the most fundamental leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities.

Without traveling away from the county, participants will use an online, interactive learning platform to engage in live events, video sessions and breakout group discussions.

With a robust curriculum developed by the Professional Development Academy in a partnership with Fortune 1000 executives, public sector leaders, world-renowned academics and thought leaders, including General Colin Powell and Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, it focuses on five essential skills:

LEAD: Engage teams and stakeholders to foster positive climates and exceed common expectations
ORGANIZE: Plan, lead and execute organizational change more effectively and consistently
COLLABORATE: Establish alignment and strong partnerships through building stronger relationships
COMMUNICATE: Create clarity, confidence and community
DELIVER: Measure projects and processes to deliver results aligned with county and community priorities

A world-class faculty of prominent public, private and university sector leaders will deliver each course. All module content is guided by an expert moderator.

Who should participate?

The program is designed for county professionals — specifically entry- to mid-level county staff.

Each participant remains accountable for their training and progress through the direct involvement of their supervisor at the county. Supervisors are encouraged to meet with participants and review the program content as related to individual development plans. Supervisors also receive regular dashboard reports that outline the learning progress of the program participant.

What is the time commitment?

The program is built to accommodate busy work schedules without interfering with daily operational responsibilities. Participants must commit to spending about 3-5 hours per week engaged with the program to complete a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities along with a cohort of professional peers from other county governments as well as other public and private sector entities.

What is the cost?

The 12-week program typically costs $1,995 per enrollee; NACo secured a discounted rate for members at $1,495 per enrollee. For the first participant from each member county, NACo will provide a one-time stipend of $1,000 to subsidize the discounted rate, with a $495 matching contribution by the participant’s county employer. Counties may enroll additional participants at the discounted rate of $1,495 each.

Want to know more?

About the Academy
About the Curriculum

Brian Namey
NACo Director of Public Affairs
(202) 942-4220

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties