In this course, we will learn about leadership in urban and regional planning. Planners are often seen as dreamers rather than practical community leaders, so this course examines the role of the planner in influencing political and community leaders toward good planning practice. Specific topics include 1) what planning leadership looks like; (2) how planners work with a community to plan and implement plans; (3) how to work in a political processes as an effective part of decision making; and (4) how to maintain the respect of community decision makers over time. Case studies and realistic tools will be explored, as well as a process for determining the best times to advance planning initiatives.
At the end of this course, you will understand how to turn planning theory into practice in the real world.