City officials graduate from TML Leadership Academy

Councilmember, staff complete training to enhance leadership skills

From left: Community Development Administrator Joe Brehm, TML Executive Director Bennet Sandlin, Councilmember Tammy Young and Library Collection Development and Technical Services Manager Rhonda Kuiper.

The Texas Municipal League recognized Round Rock Councilmember Tammy Young, Library Collection Development and Technical Services Manager Rhonda Kuiper, and Community Development Administrator Joseph as Leadership Fellows on Friday, May 11, at the Austin Marriot North in Round Rock.

The Leadership Fellowship award marked the graduation the 2018 TML Leadership Academy class. The award recipients – elected, appointed and other city officials from throughout Texas – voluntarily completed more than 30 hours of training, held over two months, to enhance their leadership skills. Participants explored the principals of and characteristics of ethical leadership, learned to build trust and community, discovered ways to improve team-building and communication skills, and practiced negotiation for strategic influence. They discussed local issues in the broader leadership context, with the goal of applying learnings to their public service role and to benefit their cities and residents.

Young, Kuiper and Brehm were honored by Bennett Sandlin, TML Executive Director, during the awards ceremony.

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