At the Center for Public Leadership and Governances, we believe that good leadership is essential for good government. In keeping with that philosophy, we offer executive development programs to public officials who want to increase their capacity to have a positive impact on their organizations and communities.


Program Duration Class Size Time of Year Scholarships Available
ESMP One week Open enrollment, capped at 30 5 times annually Yes – Through LGFCU
LGFCU Fellows Two one-week sessions Cohort of 25 selected through an application process 2 times annually Not Applicable – Fully Funded by LGFCU
PELA Two one-week sessions Cohort of 25 selected through an application process 1 time annually Yes – Through NCCCMA and LGFCU
One Day Leadership Series One Day (mostly) Open enrollment, capped at 30 One class per month annually Yes  – Through LGFCU


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Audiences and Learning Outcomes

Program: ESMP

Effective Supervisory Management Program

New supervisors  or those who want to refine their management and supervisory skills.


Foundational skills critical to effective supervision.

What will I learn from the class?

  • Understand your management style and make it more effective
  • Gain an overview of management and supervisory roles and issues
  • Diagnose problems and analyze difficult interpersonal situations
  • Build teamwork and lead problem-solving efforts
  • Address conflict and strengthen relationships with employees and coworkers
  • Improve listening, communication, and coaching skills
  • Appreciate what it means to work in the public sector and make a contribution to the community

Program: LGFCU Fellows

Leading for Results

Current and emerging leaders in local government.


Personal self-development to become a better organizational and institutional leader in a complex public setting.

What will I learn from the class?

  • Understand the five practices of exemplary leadership.
  • Effectively set a vision and help others engage that vision.
  • Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a leader.
  • Recognize how others perceive you as a leader.
  • Develop a leadership plan based on feedback from others.

A set of competencies essential for emerging leaders: communication skills, decision-making skills, civics, change management, and public speaking.

Program: PELA

Public Executive Leadership Academy

Experience in leadership positions and are working in the ‘gap’ between political responsiveness and administrative sustainability.


Working to improve the quality of community life in a complex world that requires working within organizations and across jurisdictions and sectors.

What will I learn from the class?

  • The context of working in the public sector and celebrate the dignity and worth of public service.
  • Your role as a community leader relative to that of elected officials.
  • Utilize and draw on tools to enhance personal resiliency.
  • Use systems thinking to identify and diagnose problems and analyze situations.
  • Cultivate community building, partnerships, and collaborative and innovative problem solving across jurisdictions and sectors.
  • Analyze and frame community issues to determine level and type of stakeholder engagement.
  • Develop and hone listening and communication skills for working in community settings, with governing boards, and with professional staff.
  • Better understand and manage change to improve the quality of life in their communities

Program: ‘One Day’

Public Leadership Series

Open to all public sector professionals, including those working in state government and the judicial branch.


Additional content and opportunity to practice new skills on a variety of leadership topics

Range of topics include:

  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Getting Your Message Across
  • Social Media Strategies (I and II)
  • Leading Diverse and Inclusive Teams
  • Working with Advisory Boards and Commissions
  • Leadership Principles with 360 Review
  • Managing Conflict Effectively
  • Understanding Leadership Preferences (MBTI)
  • Strategic Planning for Government Professionals
  • Facilitation Skills for Successful Meetings
  • Leading Change in Governmental Organizations
  • Building and Maintaining a Competitive Workforce


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I take first?

A: While no order is required for taking these classes, the general expectation is that one would take them in this order: ESMPà LGFCU Fellowsà PELA

Please be aware that you can take LGFCU Fellows before PELA but not the other way around; once you have taken PELA you are no longer eligible for Fellows.

Q: Do I have to apply for these programs?

A: There is an application and selection process for LGFCU Fellows and PELA. Both ESMP and the One Day classes are available on a first come, first served basis.

Q. What if I don’t have time to come to campus for a week or longer?

A. There are other opportunities to take a deeper dive into leadership topics through the One Day classes

Q. Are these classes held in different parts of the state?

A. LGFCU Fellows and PELA are both held in Chapel Hill. The other courses rotate throughout North Carolina.

  1. Can I get continuing education credits (CEU)?
  2. The School of Government does not manager CEUs. Check directly with your accrediting organization to determine eligibility. If you think a class should be able to meet CEU requirements, call Lydian Altman, 919-962-0103 to discuss.

Q. What other classes could help me be a better leader or manager?

A. Additional content related to management and leadership is included in other complementary classes, such as


Which class is right for me?

Q. Which class is right for me?


LGFCU Fellows


One Day series


I am new to supervising or will soon take on supervisory responsibilities X
I am a leader interested in creating a vision for my department or jurisdiction X
I work in the gap between political feasibility and administrative sustainability X
I am an active and strategic member of the management team X X
I am a technical expert who is moving into a leadership role X
I am new to North Carolina local government  and want to understand the context of government better X
My program is cross department or focused on working with community stakeholders X
I have experience (5 years min) with solid management and leadership skills and am working on developing my community leadership skills X
I was introduced to a leadership topic during a course and I want more information and time to practice skills X
I have taken all the week or longer other leadership programs X X
I am confronting issues of conflict amongst staff and need to better address it X X
I am interested in building a cohort of colleagues across the state who are interested and trained in leadership concepts X X
I want better insight into what motivates people and drives people behavior X X
I need to be able to better diagnose and address common workplace issues X
I need to gain insight into my own management style X X X X
I want to explore leadership classes closer to home X
I need to better understand how I am seen as a leader by those I work with X X X X
I am working on my financial management certification X
I am not a local government official (state, judicial, etc) and am looking for management training X