Northfield City Councilor Rhonda Pownell will be travelling to Louisville KY in September to attend the Leadership Summit offered by the National League of Cities. She applied for and received a $2500 Michael H.T. Lynch Memorial Scholarship which "may be used to cover the registration fee, airfare, travel, and related expenses for the 17th Annual Leadership Summit." The theme of this year’s Summit is:
The Strength and Spirit of Leadership in Local Government
Often municipal officials and cities have invested in the skills and structures of change, but have forgotten the more intangible quality of spirit or inspiration, resulting in changes that are short lived or never transpire. Successful leadership requires crossing diverse boundaries between individuals, groups, and organizations, around issues that live in a community, including those that can potentially divide the community.
The challenges facing communities require leaders who can make intentional and informed decisions with a variety of approaches to bring forward successful change and solutions. Such leaders have the capacity and the will to work together with other leaders who represent different organizations and perspectives within the community. Put into practice successful leadership that brings forth the strength and spirit of your community.