Midwest Leadership Institute

Focus on successful outcomes in local government that require a deep understanding of interpersonal leadership.

The Midwest Leadership Institute will focus on successful outcomes in local government that require a deep understanding of interpersonal leadership. David M. Limardi, longtime City Manager and Past President of ICMA, Robert R. Kiely. Jr.David E. Morrison, M.D., and Daven Morrison, M.D., will lead participants through an intensive four-and-a-half day program designed to address the challenges facing local government professionals. This Institute is an expansion to Limardi's workshop, Interpersonal Leadership & the New Order of Things.

Program Details

Each Institute is limited to 50 participants to ensure time for one-on-one coaching, small group and all-participant events.

Fee: Tuition for the four-and-a-half day Institute is $2,000 for ICMA members, $2,200 for nonmembers, and includes course materials, continental breakfast daily and lunch. Organizations that send multiple participants are eligible for tuition discounts. 

Location: Northern Illinois University's Naperville campus, 1120 East Diehl Road, Naperville, IL.

Dates: March 19-23, 2018

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What Can Be Expected As a Result of Attending this Program?

An opportunity to discuss many of the most challenging interpersonal leadership challenges facing local government management professionals today with two experienced local government professionals and two organizational psychiatrists who have served the profession for over 40 years. Organizational and individual performance issues will be discussed and dissected with suggested strategies for addressing a myriad of issues.

Participants will be exposed to concepts needed to thrive in an increasingly complex world with multiple personalities, competing self-interests, questionable ethics and the prominence of the information age. The challenges and complexity of the world can make leaders feel like the healthiest person in the emergency room. Sound judgment, an important concept of the Institute, will help guard against blind pathology and acting without the proper analysis.

Your Course of Study

Getting wins, big and small, in the public sector requires a deep understanding of interpersonal leadership. The Chinese proverb and curse, "May you live in interesting times", has never been more true. We have entered what Nicolo Machiavelli called "A New Order of Things" which requires leaders to know: 

How to manage others by:             

  • Strengthening one’s ability to manage uncivil discourse
  • Resolving conflict
  • Building a working alliance
  • Leading with character and be a source of inspiration
  • Mastering the judgment triangle
  • Understanding power and influence

How to manage yourself by:

  • Understanding emotions and build exceptional emotional and psychological stability
  • Developing brain speed and flexibility of mind, the ability to think faster and more efficiently and thus act more decisively at the proper time
  • Self reflecting
  • Managing challenges to balancing work, family, and self 

Who Should Attend

Local government professionals including chief administrative officers, assistants, and department heads interested in advancing their career. The Institute customizes learning to the needs of the participants. Learning in teams focusing on real world local government scenarios is a critical component of the Institute.


The partners are the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies, Morrison Associates, Ltd., and Limardi Consulting, LLC. All of the partners have been involved in supporting the development of local government management professionals for the better part of half a century. The Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University provides expertise that helps decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to economic, social, and information management issues. The Public Management and Training team offers services for units of local government, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. Morrison Associates is a professional services firm serving professional local government managers and their teams since 1976. Limardi Consulting, LLC is led by David Limardi, a professional local government manager for 35 years, past president of ICMA and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.