Great leadership is often forgotten about but is a crucial aspect for great neighborhoods and strong communities. This past July many past and current influential governors met in Washington D.C. for the Governors’ Institute on Community Design conference to discuss the importance of strong community leadership in relation to the development of the community.
The leaders at this conference discussed how officials want to be that leader but often times are too afraid of failing to take the necessary steps to implement effective and successful policies for their communities. In addition to this, elected officials often times lose sight of the long-term goals and instead focus on short-term goals which are usually politically motivated. The conference highlighted the importance of thinking tactfully and demonstrate a stronger resolve to get things done.
Improved leadership at all levels of government is a necessity as is a sense of transparency so that the public can stay more informed about the realities around them. Many present at the event, including Governor O’Malley, stressed the importance of persevering through criticism and
of proving to the community that the plans will be successful in the end. The Governor’s Institute has done a multitude of work helping states achieve a stronger economic status as well as make better use of tax payer money.