“It was clear to me that I could have great policy ideas and a keen grasp of budgeting, but if I didn’t develop key leadership skills, I would never be able to lead my colleagues, my constituents, or my city forward.”
Clarence Anthony welcomes city leaders from across the nation to NLC’s 2015 Congress of Cities in Washington, D.C. (photo: Jason Dixson)
This post originally appeared in the newsletter of the Colorado Municipal League.
When people hear that I was elected mayor of South Bay, Florida at age 24, they often comment that successfully running for office at such a young age must have been difficult.
“No,” I tell them. “Getting elected was the easy part. Governing was the hard part.”
I am fortunate that the skills it took to get elected came naturally to me. But governing required a different set of skills. Some skills were operational, such as…