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Leadership Development Programs

ICMA University invites you to discover a range of leadership development programs for every level of your career.

Take Your Career to the Highest Levels with ICMA University Leadership Development Programs

If you're ready for personal change...if you're ready to assume senior leadership and take the lead, if you are senior leadership and looking to recharge your career, ICMA University invites you to discover a range of leadership development programs for every level of your career.

These programs offer participants interactive learning, superlative instructors, networking with colleagues, and engaging discussions of key management and leadership issues. Participants will enhance their leadership and management skills while forming a collegial learning community with their peers. Enrollment in these programs is limited to provide a small group learning community of future leaders.

Local Government Management Fellowship

Career Stage: Students, Early Career

A highly competitive career-development opportunity, the LGMF program is for recent MPA/MPP graduates looking for their first job in local government management.  Fellows are selected through a competitive process and placed in one- and two-year full-time management-track local government positions, shaped by direct mentorship under senior government leaders and rotational assignments.  Positions are limited annually based on the number of host governments available to fund positions.  This is an annual fellowship program with a fall application process for spring/summer placement.

Young professionals leadership development program

Career Stage: Students, Early Career (Assistants, Assistant Managers)

This institute is being presented as a special two day offering to Young Professionals, on the Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning preceding the ICMA Summits in the Southeast, Northeast, Midwest and Mountain Plains and West Coast Regions. Content includes identification of effective management and supervision styles with Felicia Logan, a discussion with Bob O’Neill and a session on life balance in a 24/7 work world. Managers, you are encouraged to invite your young professionals to attend this leadership institute. Young Professionals Leadership Institutes are designed for emerging leaders who may have MPA degrees but who may not be ICMA members or who may be working in the organization in their first job but are not in the manager’s office. For program information, contact Felicia Logan, director of Leadership Development, e-mail: flogan@icma.org

Emerging Leaders Development Program

Career Stage: Early Career (New to the local government profession or within their first seven years of local government work)

Two-year Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP) featuring completion of the ICMA Essential Management Skills Certificate, a credentialed manager to serve as a career coach for two years, and Management Application Project participants design to demonstrate what they have learned.

Mid career managers institute

Career Stage: Mid-Career

The Mid-Career Manager Institute’s (MCM) overall objective is to enhance and develop participants’ leadership abilities and effectiveness. This is accomplished by providing: broader understanding of their responsibilities as leaders; perspective on some of the critical leadership and management issues facing mid-career managers; and understanding and awareness of concepts and techniques relevant to local government management.

Leadership ICMA

Career Stage: Early Career to Mid-Career (Aspiring Credentialed Managers)

Leadership ICMA is an intensive two-year program designed for members who have at least three years of management experience in local government or a related field to cultivate key leadership competencies needed for success at all levels of local government management. Year two culminates in the completion of a peer assistance project designed to apply what has been learned in the program.

Voluntary Credentialing Program

Career Stage:   Mid Career, Executive

The ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program is a means of defining and recognizing an individual ICMA member who is a professional local government manager qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Managers are recognized by ICMA through a peer review credentialing process, and this self-directed program offers an opportunity for interested ICMA members to quantify the unique expertise they bring to their communities.

Legacy Leaders

Career Stage: Executive, Encore Professional

The Legacy Leaders program honors credentialed managers who coach the next generation and support their professional development and membership in ICMA. Become a Legacy Leader by sponsoring a member of MCM, Leadership ICMA, ELDP, or by bringing a new member to ICMA.

Additional Development Programs for Credentialed Managers:

ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute

Gettysburg Hotel & Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Career Stage: Executive, Encore Professional

Each April or May, the highly-rated ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute is held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, starting with dinner on Wednesday night and ending on Friday evening. Participants stay at the historic Gettysburg Hotel. The program is limited to 30 ICMA Credentialed Managers. This small group meets to study the leadership lessons of Gettysburg and join colleagues in an exploration of personal leadership, organizational effectiveness, disaster management, and the lessons of history. Much of the program takes place on the battlefield itself.  

For Credentialed Managers and other senior executives:

ICMA SEI Leadership Institute

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Career Stage: Mid-Career, Executive, Encore Professional

Each April or May, the ICMA SEI Leadership Institute is held at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The program is limited to 21 senior executives, with special consideration given to ICMA Credentialed Managers. This institute offers seven days of intensive, interactive learning alongside 15 members of the "next-gen" Leadership ICMA class. The curriculum, designed by the faculty at UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and Felicia Logan, ICMA's Director of Leadership Development, is varied. The faculty is well grounded in the needs and concerns of the top local government executive. You will have ample opportunity to hone skills and test strategies that can help you build a high performance organization. This special Senior Executive Institute "super session" is a unique opportunity for you to experience the core of the regular two week SEI program packed into seven days.