LELA 101: Working Better Together as a Board

For Local Elected Officials and City/County Managers 

Developing a cohesive governing board takes discipline, intent, practice, trust, and a set of skills to help navigate divergent challenges and opinions. Differences of opinion are built into our political system. How you handle these dynamic situations and differences as individuals affects the credibility of the entire governing board. 

Effective governing boards learn to welcome and manage diverse views, convictions, opinions, and priorities. They respect what each member brings to their discussions. They embrace constructive dissent, learn how to respond to and work through a variety of options and perspectives, and always model a culture of credibility, respect, and honesty with each other and to the public they serve. 

In this class you will learn important dimensions of effective governance that can increase positive results, including:

  • Developing a “conscious culture” that respects fellow Board members and the professional staff.
  • Understanding key elements of group behavior that, when shared, elevate everyone’s performance: Relationships and Trust, Information Sharing, Teamwork, and Dialogue

Participants in the class will learn proven approaches for creating a group culture that builds trust forged from courage and candor.  You will assess your own board’s governance culture, identify steps to improve your board’s ability to work together as a group, and explore helpful resources.   

Location and Time: Western Carolina University, Asheville Campus, Thursday, May 16 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

LELA Level:  This is a 101 Level course in the Local Elected Leaders Academy. Elected officials who attend this class will earn 6 credits towards the Practitioner recognition certificate.  

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

LELA6.00 hrs
  • Asheville, NC
    May 16
    WCU in Asheville
    WCU Biltmore Park Towne Square
    Asheville, NC 28803
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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 please click the link below.

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    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before May 08, 2024 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after May 09, 2024, 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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    Registration will open in December.

    $250.00
    Registration and payment for this course grants access for a single attendee. In order to register a group of attendees, please register each person individually. If you have questions, please contact our registration office at registration@sog.unc.edu or 919.966.4414.
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Lisa Sheffield

Program Manager, Management, Administration, and Leadership Group
919.962.3464
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance
Adjunct Instructor