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Political dilemmas draw public executives to Leadership Institute

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 4, 2005) -- Ohio University's Executive Leadership Institute (OUELI) will present Courage and Compromise in Public Leadership, March 30 to April 1 in Athens, Ohio.

"Courage and Compromise" is designed for public and nonprofit sector executives who face decisions that often require balancing their deeply held beliefs with decision-making that will serve the greatest good. The two-day course provides a framework for reconsidering the dilemmas of leadership, leaving participants with a heightened perspective on what it means to create public policy in a democratic society.

"During the program, participants used historic and contemporary examples of leadership as a background for debate about the gray areas of public policy," said Michael Burton, assistant professor of political science and Voinovich Center Faculty Fellow, who developed the course and serves as lead faculty. "Making decisions where there is no consensus and no clear answer requires blending strategies of both courage and compromise."

The curriculum is comprised of group discussions, classic and contemporary political readings, film clips, talks by political leaders and case study analyses. Using historical accounts such as President John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage, contemporary cases such as the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, and personal testimonies, the program challenges participants to approach their personal leadership dilemmas in more effective ways. For information and registration call Terry Murphy at (740) 593-9797 or visit www.ohio.edu/executiveleadership.  

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Media Contacts: Terry Murphy, (740) 593-9797 or Murphy@voinovichcenter.ohio.edu

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