​Leadership 254

Applications for the 2019-2020 class of Leadership 254, the Texas Association of Counties leadership program, will be accepted June 1 – Sept. 28, 2018Apply today!​​

Leadership 254 is designed to advance the skills of county officials to enable them to meet the unique challenges of their duties and to enhance their leadership skills and style.

Participants learn to overcome their limitations to redefine the possibilities they set for themselves, their courthouse, their county official association and their county constituents.

A must-attend class. - San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers

There's no other opportunity like Leadership 254! If you want to grow as an individual and county official you must do Leadership 254. Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Ann Marie Carruth

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Leadership skills are advanced through:

  • Interactive discussions
  • Theory building
  • Skill assessments, and
  • Experiential learning activities.

These challenge, stretch and — most importantly — transform participants into leaders who positively affect their counties and Texas.

Participants learn:

  • New dimensions of the self in relation to others
  • Effective personal methodology for decision-making
  • How to align and inspire teams, collaborate with and influence others, and create a vision that others will follow
  • To assess their personal leadership style and gain perspective through peer assessment
  • Ways to enhance personal communication skills through experiential media relations training
  • To create their own transformational leadership plan and become a transformational leader in every aspect of life

Participants have access to valuable resources to implement the competencies developed over the course of the program and develop a sense of community with their classmates.

Participant Time Commitment

Participants complete four modules over the course of 14 months between election cycles. Each module is unique and significant in the participant’s process to self-reflect, grow and transform. See program agenda with dates and locations (link entire sentence to page).

The estimated time commitment for each module ranges from two to three days, with a total training time commitment of approximately 11 days for the entire program (not including travel time).

Participants will complete pre-module and post-module assignments throughout the program, individually, in teams and with an accountability partner.

Leadership 254 is a continuous program where students are required to attend and complete all four modules in sequence. It is important that participants plan to arrive at the start time of each module and stay through its conclusion.

Who Should Attend

Leadership 254 is an executive leadership program for county officials who want to develop a new way of thinking about leadership. The small class size creates an environment that encourages open communication and strong connections. TAC aims to include two representatives from every county office in each class.

One of the very best things I have ever attended, I can't say enough about this awesome experience.

- Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Willis

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Special Services

This program is ADA accessible. Please contact Education Program Manager Haley Click at (800) 456-5974 if you need assistance.

Leadership 254 Cancellation Policy

Leadership 254 is designed for a limited group of participants. If a participant must cancel after being selected, they should submit their cancellation in writing to haleyc@county.org before Jan. 1, 2019. The TAC Leadership Development Committee will select a replacement who will be notified before the start of Module 1.