Le Lézard
Classified in: Business
Subjects: SVY, WOM, BFA, DEI

Study Reveals Only 10 Percent of Local Governments Prioritize Leadership Development

Lack of Development Threatens the Ability to Serve Communities

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Government Leadership Solutions has released the results of a first-of-its-kind national research study examining the leadership pipeline needs of local governments in the United States. The 2023 State of Local Government Leadership Pipeline briefing and report highlights the urgent need for leadership development in local governments, as nearly half of those surveyed expressed concern about lacking a strong leadership pipeline.

Local Government Leaders reported that lack of trust and staffing issues are greater threats than funding.

Register for the Study Executive Briefing

"Local government is the level of government closest to us, impacting all of our daily lives and quality of life," said Dr. Maria Church, CEO and founder of Government Leadership Solutions. "With local governments responsible for managing over $2 trillion in taxpayer dollars annually, the success of stewardship is heavily dependent on the ability to invest and deploy these funds wisely. However, what we found in the study is that only 10 percent of local governments prioritize leadership development."

The study also revealed that lack of trust and challenges in maintaining optimal staffing levels were greater threats than funding. Respondents ranked organizational culture as a top priority for attracting candidates, yet only one-third reported a strong workplace culture.

Furthermore, only 25 percent of respondents rated their leadership pipeline as good or excellent, with just 29 percent having a budget to develop their leaders.

"Not addressing the leadership pipeline is a problem for providing services, resulting in delays in meeting the needs of the public," said Church. "Without an effective culture, investment in leadership development will be undermined, and local governments will not attract or retain the leaders they need."

The study provides valuable insights for local governments to benchmark themselves against the market and formulate a business case for wisely investing their limited time and resources. For a private briefing on the study, contact concierge@governmentleadershipsolutions.com.


Government Leadership Solutions is a certified minority-owned, woman-owned consulting firm dedicated to helping local governments develop ready-now leaders and create organizational cultures that support their strategic vision. For more information, please visit https://governmentleadershipsolutions.com/.

SOURCE Government Leadership Solutions

These press releases may also interest you

at 12:58
Today witnessed the launch of EMpact, a venture studio focused on nurturing talent and accelerating startups to serve critical value chains, focusing on frontier markets in Central America, West Africa, and Central Asia. The first studio is a...

at 12:57
Accessing services is the most frequent and important way Canadians interact with the government. To help mark National Seniors Day, Minister of Citizens' Services Terry Beech highlighted new services for seniors, and all Canadians, in planning for a...

at 12:29
ReconArt Inc. (https://www.reconart.com/), a vendor of automated data reconciliation and period-end accounting solutions, is pleased to...

at 12:24
The University of South Alabama today announced that Providence Hospital and its clinics are now part of USA Health, the university's academic health system. The completion of the acquisition comes six months after the University of South Alabama...

at 09:53
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union ("ILWU" or "the Union"), a labor union that represents a wide range of workers on the West Coast of the United States, in Hawaii, and in British Columbia, Canada, including dock workers, warehouse...

at 09:50
PCS, a leading provider of 24/7 outsourced technology services and IT helpdesk support, is thrilled to announce the opening of its new office in Florida. Located in Sarasota, this expansion solidifies PCS's growing national footprint across the...

News published on and distributed by: