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Northeast Times | September 22, 2021

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Texas Municipal League Recognizes 2014 Leadership Fellows

Texas Municipal League Recognizes 2014 Leadership Fellows

The Texas Municipal League recognized Mayor Hector F. Garcia, Mayor Pro Tem Robert Davis, Councilmember Patrick Shelbourne and Councilmember Melva Clark as a Leadership Fellow on Friday, August 22, at the Texas Municipal Center in Austin.

Hector F. Garcia, Robert Davis, Patrick Shelbourne and Melva Clark were among 60 Leadership Fellows honored by Bennett Sandlin, Texas Municipal League (TML) Executive Director, at the August 22 awards Ceremony. The award recipients – elected, appointed and other city officials from throughout Texas – voluntarily completed a three-course, six-day program held over three months, to enhance their leadership skills.

The TML Academy’s faculty of university professors, thought leaders, and governing officials counseled participants on how to critique their own decisions and actions, and develop the competencies to excel in their leadership role. The faculty included Ambassador Ron Kirk; David Spivey, Ph.D., founder/director or UTD’s Executive Leadership Development program; Geoffrey Tumlin, Ph.D., president of On-Demand Leadership; Sherri Greenberg, Director, Center for Politics and Governance, LBJ School of Public Affairs; Gary McCaleb, Ph.D., Vice President, Abilene Christian University; Carol Kinsey Goman, PhD.; Mary Kelly, Ph.D., CEO, Productive Leaders; Rob Franke, P.E., Media Solutions, and Mayor of Cedar Hill.

Participants explored the principles and characteristics of ethical leadership, learned to build trust and community, discovered ways to improve team-building and communication skills to lead people through change, and practiced negotiation for strategic influence. They discussed local issues in the broader leadership context, with the goal of applying learnings to their public service role, and benefit their cities and residents.

Created in 1913, the Texas Municipal League is a nonprofit organization that provides legal guidance, legislative advocacy, publications, training and networking opportunities to officials from 1,142 cities in Texas.

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