There is a war for talent in our global economy. So, how do our local communities lead, develop and grow?

In an inc.com article discussing leadership development trends in 2018, Melissa Lamson, President and CEO of Lamson Consulting, makes four points regarding effective leadership.*

  • Talent needs to be prepared with necessary skills to be successful.
  • Management and leadership skills require the ability to inspire, motivate and empower.
  • Technical skills are still relevant, although soft skills are key.
  • Career development requires training, mentoring and feedback.

While these concepts apply to businesses, they also apply to communities that want to lead the way. Pinal County leaders are acutely aware of these demands, as the City of Eloy Mayor Joel Belloc points out, “On behalf of the Eloy City Council, we look forward to working with our nearby partners to communicate and coordinate in the spirit of servant leadership for the existing and future residents of Pinal County. Our collective ability to share power, put the needs of our constituents first and develop good citizens should be foremost.”

Here’s what local leaders are saying as they strive to meet the leadership needs in Pinal County:

“We all want to see youth succeed, and one effective way to ensure that is by providing youth with real opportunities to lead. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the nation’s largest youth health and safety organization, empowers young people to research and take action on critical issues that are important to them. This, in turn, provides a remarkable opportunity for our youth to develop and sharpen their leadership skills,” says Nicole Youcupicio, Casa Grande Alliance-Prevention Specialist.

Management & Leadership Skills
Leadership is the “attitude assumed by those looking for something different,” states Craig H. McFarland, Mayor of Casa Grande.
Christian Price, Mayor of Maricopa: “The City of Maricopa continues to pursue its role as a leading economic development destination after the opening of the new overpass on State Route 347.” “The persistence and leadership Maricopa staff and elected officials demonstrated during the bid process was so effective, cities around the state have begun emulating what is now called the ‘Maricopa Process,’” explains Adam Wolfe, PIO, City of Maricopa.

Technical Skills
Jon Thompson, Mayor of Coolidge: “The City is on a pathway for tremendous growth. A growing interest in Coolidge with aviation, technology, solar, manufacturing companies and more will allow a better future for our residents, visitors and the region. Our streets are improving, the downtown area is being revitalized and major homebuilders are providing much needed housing for the area.”

Career Development
Mila Besich, Mayor of Superior, points to the youth in her community, saying, “Perhaps I am most proud of our Superior Youth Council because that is where our future leaders are learning about what it means to lead. Our youth council was selected to participate in the Center for the Future of Arizona’s DemocraSeed program, which is teaching them critical thinking and entrepreneurial approaches to identifying and solving community challenges.” “The most effective leaders in government or in the private sector are those who want to create the most successful community, business, educational institution or nonprofit organization,” states Renée Louzon-Benn, President, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce.