Good Government

Councilmember James E. McDonald was among seventeen elected officials from three South Florida counties who participated in this year’s Good Government Initiative’s (GGI) Leaders of Excellence program at the University of Miami, founded by former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Katy Sorenson.

Leaders of Excellence is the GGI’s cornerstone program designed to provide elected officials with skills and knowledge they can apply to their public service. It fills the gap between formal education and life experience to foster more effective decision-making. Additionally, the Leaders of Excellence program creates a cohort of peers who can turn to each other for shared ideas and get support.

“The GGI is extremely worthwhile for newly elected officials – especially if they are new to government and unfamiliar with the nuts and bolts of how government works. Also, the ethics component is integral to the program and is the thread that ties it altogether,” said Councilmember McDonald.

By being accepted into the Leaders of Excellence program, elected officials participate in training over six months, including two weekend retreats. With few formal opportunities for elected officials to develop the skills they need to be effective and thoughtful officeholders, the Leaders of Excellence program provides a forum for elected officials to develop as leaders and to practice good governance.

“In a year that has seen some low points for some government officials, it is encouraging to see elected officials going above and beyond to learn about good government,” said Sorenson, the program’s founder.  “They have taken the time to explore key areas of their responsibility, and are examples of dedicated community leaders working on behalf of their constituents.”


You May Also Like

5 & Dine: That’s Italian!

Flavors of Italy come alive at top restaurants throughout South Florida

Yachter’s Dream Residence in Boca Lists for Nearly $11 Million 

Carmen N. D’Angelo, Jr., with Premier Estate Properties, is the listing agent.

LifeNet4Families Unveils Honorees for Its Casino Royale Annual Gala

WPLG Local 10’s Calvin Hughes will host the celebratory fundraising evening.

Other Posts

A View from the Top

During the month of September, we honorably recognize Sept. 11 as a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives on that tragic day in 2001. We hold these memories dear to our heart as we bow our heads for a moment of silence and also remember the thousands of heroes and volunteers who

A View from the Top

Thanksgiving was one of my favorite holidays when I was growing up in Ohio. My mother came from a large family, so I enjoyed when everyone got together. There were cousins to play with and stories to be told.  Before we dug into the delicious food that was spread on the table, each person would

A View from the Top

Were you like me and didn’t complete all of the New Year’s resolutions you made for 2015?  This year, I decided my resolution would be to pay it forward by doing things for others. At least once a month, I will try to do an act of kindness to help someone.  You too can make