NACO Institue of Excellence
The NACO Institute of Excellence is a year-long program of professional development for county officials. Several areas of personal leadership development are presented including one’s:
- personality preferences and leadership behaviors,
- leadership mission, and
- active listening skills.
Further into the year participants will learn skills for
- managing conflicts,
- leading meetings, and
- corresponding with legislators.
Topics about influencing others and innovative thinking will move officials to lead at a higher level. The newest topic of discussion includes how to build a re-election strategy around one’s leadership qualities.
The NACO Institute of Excellence is designed to fit busy schedules with seminars spaced throughout the year in March, May, July, September and December. The face-to-face training program is equivalent to four full-day workshops, plus an afternoon session in December. All but the December session are offered in two locations – Lincoln and North Platte. The December session is held in conjunction with the NACO Annual Conference.
Sessions are taught by faculty from Nebraska Extension, the UNL Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communication, the UNO School of Public Administration and other departments within the University of Nebraska system.
Carroll Welte, Extension Educator
Jessica Jones, Extension Educator