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State and Local Government

Maryland State House

State and local government officials are often called upon to understand and make decisions on complex issues with significant implications for their jurisdictions.

We train informed and responsible state and local officials to provide Maryland jurisdictions with the leadership and skills needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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The University of Maryland has partnered with Rushern L. Baker, III to establish the Elected Executive Leadership Program. Local governments face an ever increasing range and complexity of issues. This leadership training program, which marries Rushern Baker’s award-winning leadership experience with the renowned expertise and research capabilities of the School of Public Policy, is designed to help local elected chief executives throughout the United States. Participants receive policy guidance from expert scholars and practitioners on the vast array of complex issues they will face and learn how to become effective leaders for the public good.

Transformational Leadership Program
The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) is an agency of Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland that develops and maintains a regional system of parks as well as administers the general plan for the physical development of the two counties. Through this eight-day long program, MNCPPC employees receive leadership development training on topics such as interest-based negotiation, group collaboration, team building, results-based facilitation, leading for results and performance accountability, and systems thinking. Program sessions offer tools and frameworks for learning diversity, service motivation, partnering and collaboration, and managing conflict.

Leadership in the Trial Courts
We entered a three-year partnership with the State Justice Institute and the Maryland Judiciary to design and deliver customized educational programs in performance management, collaboration and innovation for teams of district and circuit court judges and their key staff and court administrators. The programming featured highly-interactive dialogue, hands-on applied learning, a focus on the development of key leadership skills and behaviors, individualized coaching and technical assistance, and the development of long-term peer networks. Program themes included: emotional intelligence and self-awareness; levers of leadership: power, conflict, trust, and forgiveness; awareness of court culture; and maximizing the performance of the courts.