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Executive Leadership Institute
Headquartered in the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) is a team of trainers, practitioners, consultants and academic professionals who specialize in the distinctiveness of public service leadership at the local level. With decades of experience delivering high quality training and research products to public agencies from the Pacific Northwest and around the world, ELI offers the cost competitiveness of a not-for-profit organization, the intellectual content of a leading academic center, and the client-driven flexibility of a traditional consulting firm.

What Makes ELI Different?

Our university affiliation ensures that our training and consultation is evidence-based and grounded in the latest research. Tenured ELI faculty have developed a unique model of public service leadership, the extension and application of which is currently being supported by the Ford and Miller Foundations. This "leadership for sustainability" approach comprises both a coherent intellectual framework and a set of practical leadership tolls that are currently being used to train local government officials in Vietnam, Japan and China. We are interested in projects that are both co-produced and have long term results.

ELI is well positioned to broker relationships with a variety of other university training and consulting institutions such as the National Policy Consensus Center, the Institute for Non-Profit Management, the Criminal Justice Policy Research Center, the Institute for Tribal Government, and NEW Leadership Oregon. Our academic work also gives us ready access to a pool of Ph.D. and advanced masters degree students who - at reasonable cost and under faculty supervision - work with our clients to undertake applied research and evaluation.

Template of Services

Starting in 1996, ELI has delivered comprehensive leadership development programs to thousands of senior and mid-level managers in hundreds of public agencies throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Consultancies, onsite workshops, and classroom courses created for our clients often cover such topics as organizational performance, strategic planning, stakeholder participation, diversity and e-government. Programs are co-designed, co-produced and contextualized with real-time case studies that recognize the unique historical, organizational and jurisdictional characteristics of each client. And through our Leader Coaching initiative, ELI can provide world-class coaches to support both emerging and experienced leaders with individualized progressional development plans.

ELI's 2010 Newsletter is now available!