State of Ohio Leadership Institute

Developing the Next Generation of Ohio’s Elected State and Local Leaders
Application deadline for the next Public Leadership Academy is March 16, 2020.

SOLI: Elected Leadership Training

The State of Ohio Leadership Institute (SOLI) helps prepare and develop Ohio’s elected and appointed officials as ethical leaders who are driven to deliver value to the constituents, customers, and citizens of Ohio over the long term.

SOLI provides participants a common grounding in leadership training for elected office. SOLI’s programs help elected officials create innovative and effective solutions to the economic development, education, criminal justice, health care and other major challenges that face the state and its communities.

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SOLI Leadership Programming

SOLI offers leadership training to state and local elected officials through a variety of short-term and long-term educational programs. These training programs complement rather than duplicate existing training for newly elected and appointed officials.

SOLI leadership programs offers programming in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic structure and operation of state and local government in Ohio
  • Knowledge and understanding of state and local public finance (e.g. bonding, contracting, general revenue funds, etc.)
  • Knowledge and understanding of key policy areas that impact the state and Ohio’s localities (e.g. K-12 education; regulation and privatization; workforce development; regional and community development; transportation; energy; utilities; health care; criminal justice)
  • Public sector leadership skills and competencies (team building; political and managerial communication; motivation and influence)
  • Cultivation and development of core public values (service, equity, justice, fairness, accountability, transparency)

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“The happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than merely their own self interest.”
— Senator John Glenn