Idea Exchange

When:  Jun 17, 2024 from 12:00 to 13:30 (CT)

About the Idea Exchange

The ILCMA Communications Committee sponsors a quarterly Idea Exchange. All Idea Exchanges are virtual, are designed for participants to learn from their peers and use breakout rooms to facilitate organic discussions.

Manager’s Role in Community Leadership

Local government leaders have crazy busy schedules with little time to reflect on the changing nature of their role. Please join us for an hour to reflect on the profession of local government management and how you see it changing (or not)! ICMA has begun a national conversation reflecting on how the City Manager’s role has evolved in relation to community leadership and whether new challenges, demands and expectations have outgrown the ICMA Declaration of Ideals. This Idea Exchange will ask participants to consider the manager’s role in our communities’ modern political climate and review the some of the following questions:

  • What is community leadership?
  • How do we define the role of the manager in contemporary community leadership?
  • What role does data play in identifying issues that should be advanced in the community?
  • What is the definition of “neutrality” in the actions of local government managers?
  • What can we do individually and collectively to balance the tension of being politically neutral and a reformer?
  • What does the ICMA Declaration of Ideals mean to today’s local government manager?
  • Should the Declaration of Ideals be amended to reflect today’s current challenges?

Feedback from this Idea Exchange will be shared with a national committee studying these issues.

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