Leading the Way to Board Excellence

Do you find yourself or your colleagues in difficult or polarized conversations? Do you want to learn how to handle conflicts and negotiations on your board? Are you dealing with issues that cut across your region where no one board is in charge?

Leading the Way to Board Excellence is open to county, school board, and municipal elected officials and will be held on the Western Carolina University campus in Cullowhee, NC. This unique four-part program offered by the Center for Public Leadership and Governance is designed to help you understand yourself better as a leader and give you skills to work more effectively with others. You will learn how to communicate your vision and values, and explore ways to work with others towards a common purpose.

The program is designed in 2-day segment and is scheduled in a way that allows commuting to and from Cullowhee. You can stay closely connected to work and home, and continue your governing responsibilities. Between segments, you will re-connect with class members and faculty through virtual learning communities, so you can share your experiences with your peers as you practice what you learn. Applicants must commit to attending all four segments, participating in the virtual learning communities and engaging in the evaluation at the end.

March 5-6, 2020: Part 1: Understanding Leadership Preferences and Managing Differences

April 2-3, 2020: Part 2: The Leadership Challenge: Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders

May 7-8, 2020: Part 3: Effective Cross-Boundary Collaboration

June 4-5, 2020: Part 4: Communicating Effectively with Social and Print Media

Each module is two partial days, with Day 1 taking place from 12:00 – 5:00 PM and Day 2 taking place from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  

Learn more about your instructors here.

Fee: $400 

Applications are due on November 30th.

This is a pilot program for municipal, county and school board elected officials offered through a generous grant from the NC Association of County Commissioners. 

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

  • Cullowhee, NC
    March 5
    April 2
    May 7
    June 4
    Western Carolina University
    1 University Way
    Cullowhee, NC 28723
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    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

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    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before February 26, 2020 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after February 27, 2020, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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Jessica Khan

Program Manager, Leadership Group
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance