Midwest Leadership Institute - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

What can be expected as a result of attending the Institute?

An opportunity to discuss many of the most challenging interpersonal leadership challenges facing local government management professionals today with two experienced local government professionals and two organizational psychiatrists who have served the profession for over 40 years. Organizational and individual performance issues will be discussed and dissected with suggested strategies for addressing a myriad of issues.

Who are the partners who have designed and present the Institute?

The partners are the NIU Center for Governmental Studies, Morrison Associates, Ltd., and Limardi Consulting, LLC. All of the partners have been involved in supporting the development of local government management professionals for the better part of half a century. The Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University provides expertise that helps decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to economic, social, and information management issues. The Public Management and Training team offers services for units of local government, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. Morrison Associates is a professional services firm serving professional local government managers and their teams since 1976. Limardi Consulting, LLC is led by David Limardi, a professional local government manager for 35 years, past president of ICMA and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

What is a typical day at the Institute?

The typical day is designed to allow the Institute leaders and the attendees to discuss real world leadership challenges that professionals face every day. The typical day blends lecture, discussions with peers and a facilitator and group presentations focused on real world scenarios.

How Do I Prepare for the Institute?

In order to get the most from participation in the Midwest Leadership Institute, we strongly suggest that you consider the following suggested activities before you arrive at NIU Naperville:

1. Please spend time

  • thinking about your expectations for participation in the Institute.
  • thinking about your strengths as a leader and areas where you would like to improve.
  • thinking about the one scenario in which you were involved that defines you as a leader.
  • thinking about one scenario in which you were involved that resulted in negative feelings or you felt had a negative outcome.

2. Please read the required readings posted on Blackboard and consider suggested readings in areas which are of interest to you.

3. Please review the materials on Blackboard concerning “Small Group Exercises and Group Presentations” and review the “Small Group Scenarios”.

4. Please design a personal scenario that allows you to give your full attention to the Institute activities in order to take full advantage of your participation and not be burdened by regular daily responsibilities at work.

Our goal is to have you leave the Institute intellectually satisfied, to help you meet your personal expectations for participation and for you to be a more confident and thoughtful leader and strategic thinker.