The ICMA High Performance Leadership Academy has been designed and developed in collaboration with the Professional Development Academy, General Colin Powell, Marshall Goldsmith, and over 3,000 C-suite leaders and top academics. This 12-week online facilitated program is a comprehensive, whole solution to make leaders better. Content focuses on the most important leadership capabilities and skills which will enable first- and mid-level managers to be more effective in their roles, enable greater team performance, and deliver additional business value.

Knowledge and Abilities Gap Competency Expectations of Executives
Leading and Making Decisions LEADING Execute as (local government) leader to facilitate, influence, persuade, and negotiate with individuals, teams and groups to improve decision-making
Planning and Managing Change ADAPTING Leverage the power of systems thinking to mitigate risk and empower people during organizational and market fluctuation
Building Strong Relationships COLLABORATING Establish alignment of individual purpose with team meaning and company mission to energize efforts and maximize results
Presenting Information Clearly COMMUNICATING Manage messaging based on stakeholder need, sensemaking, and simplicity to create clarity in meaning, confidence, and community
Executing to Achieve Business Value DELIVERING VALUE Focus on projects and processes (and the people associated with them) while linking execution to strategy to deliver business value

Without traveling away from the office, participants will use an online, interactive learning platform to engage in live events, video sessions and breakout group discussions.


This program is ideal for chief administrative officers (CAOs), assistant CAOs, department heads, supervising managers, and anyone else who is responsible for aligning group activity to organizational outcomes.


The ICMA High Performance Leadership Academy is designed to maximize ROI on participants’ time and consists of 12 one-week modules with a time commitment of 30-60 minutes per day. Courses can be completed on the participants’ schedule and accessed online anywhere.


The retail cost is $2,995 per participant. ICMA offers a generous scholarship per participant, which makes the cost for members just $1,995.


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General Colin Powell
This is a transformational leadership program that has proven to be the most scalable, cost effective, and efficient way to make your leaders better.
- General Colin Powell