The Ontario Municipal Leadership Program

The Ontario Municipal Leadership Program is customized and designed to deliver long-term results through experiential-based learning, case studies, team-building exercises, and one-to-one coaching.

The “war for talent” will transform local government over the coming decade and your talent pipeline is critical. Across this country, 2012 became a tipping point for numerous municipalities faced with a skills shortage and organizational challenges. Research indicates that “baby boomer” retirements will deepen the current skills shortage. Are you going to be proactive in securing your future or the future of your organization? Or will you be left to scramble for the talent or skills you need to succeed?

OMLI’s Municipal Leadership Program is the “Gold Standard” in municipal leadership development. Participants will gain valuable insight, practical tools and knowledge to make the transition from Supervisor/Manager to Department Head, Director or Chief Administrative Officer.

  Developing Leadership-Level 1


Day 1

Unleashing the Power of Teams
  1. Understanding Team Dynamics
  2. Interaction, Engagement and Influence
  3. Leading the “Team”
  4. High Performance & Cross Functional Teams
  5. Teaming Strategies for Immediate Results
  6. The Move from “ME” to “WE”
  7. Measuring Team Performance

Day 2

The Complex Role of Leading
  1. Challenges of Leading vs. Managing
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Characteristics of the Leadership Role
  4. Understanding different Leadership Styles
  5. Making the transition from a Supervisor/Manager role to a Leadership role
  6. Leading for progressive results

Day 3

Workplace Dynamics
  1. Cultural & Demographic Challenges in the Workplace
  2. Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce
  3. The Social Dynamic – Social Styles
  4. Shared Leadership
  5. Labour/Management Relationships
  6. The Fishbowl Effect
  7. Risk vs. Public Tolerance

Day 4

The Leadership Check List
  1. Attaining and Sustaining Performance Excellence
  2. Developing a Culture of Accountability
  3. Impact Communications
  4. Successful Performance Management
  5. Dealing with Challenging Behaviours
  6. Coach, Mentor, Leade

Day 5

Ethical Leadership
  1. Setting the Compass – “Tone at the Top”
  2. Results vs. Relationships
  3. Trust – building & rebuilding
  4. Aligning Organizational Values with Decision Making
  5. Internal Engagement
  6. Engaging other levels of Government
  7. Engaging the Private Sector

Day 6

Competitive Advantage Through Effective Leadership
  1. Influence and Implementation Strategies
  2. Leading Organizational Change
  3. Your Internal & External Impact
  4. Leading to Improve Customer Service
  5. Creating your value proposition
  6. Winning
  7. Aligning and Implementing Our Shared Learning

6 Days (delivered 1 day a month for 6 months], Includes all course materials, refreshments and light lunch. “BONUS” includes 2 online leadership modules & access to personal coaching.

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  Leading for Results-Level 2

Day 1

Strategic Leadership
  1. Approaches to Strategic Planning
  2. Change Management
  3. Budgets & Innovation – Big, Bold, Brave Ideas
  4. Leading the Transition – Who’s on Board
  5. Situational Leadership
  6. It’s All About Execution & Commitment

Day 2

Leading Today and Tomorrow
  1. Addressing Rapid Continuous Change
  2. Organizational and Personal Development
  3. Grow or Go (Performance Management)
  4. The Power of Benchmarking
  5. Encouraging Entrepreneurial Thinking
  6. Surpassing Your Potential

Day 3

Professional Relationship development
  1. Staff & Council Relations
  2. Staff Relations – Internal
  3. Perception – MSU
  4. Team (Senior/Executive Leadership) Relations
  5. Managing in a Unionized Workplace (Union/Association Relations)
  6. Community Relations

Day 4

Organizational & Personal Professional Branding
  1. Discovering & Creating Your Leadership Brand
  2. Defining Who You Are – and Who You Wish to Be!
  3. Un-Social Media – Who said what?
  4. Leveraging Your Strengths for Progressive Results
  5. Breaking Down Self-Imposed Barriers
  6. Exceeding Municipal Performance through others
  7. Aligning and Implementing our Shared Learning


4 Days (delivered 1 day a month for 4 months], Includes all course materials, refreshments and light lunch. “BONUS” includes 2 online leadership modules & access to personal coaching.

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