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

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.​

“Leadership 254 is a great way to learn how to be a better leader by learning more about yourself, your personality, your strengths and how to harness them to help you succeed.”  

                                                                                                      ​— Colin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher
Class of 2017-2018​​
“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
                                                                                                                                                Class of 2017-2018​

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.

The estimated time commitment for each module ranges from two to three days, with a total training time commitment of 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 the participants plan to arrive at the start time of each module and stay until the 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.

Special Services

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


Please contact Education Program Manager at (800) 456-5974 with any questions.

“I attended because I was ready to be better and do better for my office and cou​nty.”​  
                                                                                                       — Houston County Attorney Daphne ​Session
Class of 2017-2018​​
“I chose to attend Leadership 254 to strengthen my skills, to help me in my career and help me advance in my association. As a first-term politician, I wanted this insight.  I am now a better wife, mother, elected official and friend…it’s been invaluable.” 
                                                                                                Schleicher County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson
Class of 2017-2018​​