Facilitative Leadership in Local Government: Lessons from Successful Mayors and Chairpersons

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How will increasingly diverse cities and counties strengthen their political leadership for the 1990s and beyond? How can mayors and other officials become effective leaders in government structures that deny them executive power and diffuse their political leadership? What kind of leadership will this be and what impact will it have? Facilitative Leadership in Local Government shows how officials can reach beyond the structural limitations of their positions and work within the constraints of fragmented power to...
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Overview

How will increasingly diverse cities and counties strengthen their political leadership for the 1990s and beyond? How can mayors and other officials become effective leaders in government structures that deny them executive power and diffuse their political leadership? What kind of leadership will this be and what impact will it have? Facilitative Leadership in Local Government shows how officials can reach beyond the structural limitations of their positions and work within the constraints of fragmented power to build a strong and effective government. In this book, James H. Svara and expert contributors offer local government officials and those who work with them a guide to a successful new model of leadership - facilitative leadership. The facilitative leader accomplishes objectives by enhancing the efforts of others. Rather than seeking power for themselves, facilitative mayors and chairpersons seek to empower the city council and the city manager by stressing collaboration and collective leadership among all parties so everyone can work effectively together. The authors use analyses of survey data combined with in-depth case studies of nine facilitative leaders in council-manager cities and counties across the United States to reveal how mayor and chairperson can effectively enhance the efforts of others without conflict; promote a shared vision among the governing board and city or county manager; successfully articulate issues, shape agendas, and mobilize support; and form coalitions and enlist the commitment of important community groups. With a focus on both the conceptual and the practical applications of what it means to be a collaborative and collective leader, Facilitative Leadership in Local Government shows the reader how to become a successful facilitative leader - a skill increasingly necessary for leaders in all forms of local government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787900076
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/1994
  • Series: Public Administration Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Forms of Local Government
The Authors
1 Redefining Leadership in Local Government: The Facilitative Model 1
2 Active Leadership in a Small Council-Manager City: Mayor Michael Mears of Decatur, Georgia 37
3 The County Commissioner as a Facilitative Leader: Paula MacIlwaine, President, Montgomery County Commission, Montgomery County, Ohio 63
4 Roles of the Facilitative Mayor: Mayor Jim Melvin of Greensboro, North Carolina 77
5 Leadership That Exceeds Expectations: Carla DuPuy, Chairperson, Board of Commissioners, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina 97
6 Leadership and Integrity: Mayor Noel C. Taylor of Roanoke, Virginia 117
7 A Profile of a Facilitative Mayor: Mayor Betty Jo Rhea of Rock Hill, South Carolina 136
8 Mayoral Leadership in College Station, Texas: A Self-Analysis 163
9 The Emerging Chief Executive 1971-1991: A San Diego Update 187
10 A Mayor in Commission and Mayor-Council Government: Mayor Gene Roberts in Chattanooga, Tennessee 200
11 Key Leadership Issues and the Future of Council-Manager Government 216
Index 259
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