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Leadership in Planning: Strategic Decision-Making in the Public Interest

At the end of this course, you will understand how to turn planning theory into practice in the real world.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (60 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (3 mins)
  • 2. Leadership in Planning (9 mins)
  • 3. Playing the Long Game (10 mins)
  • 4. Five Elements of Political Savvy (8 mins)
  • 5. Your Big Idea Needs Others (6 mins)
  • 6. Building Sustainable Systems (5 mins)
  • 7. Closing Thoughts (5 mins)
  • 8. Frequently Asked Questions (10 mins)

Course Description

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.

Learn these skills

  • Career Development
  • Civic Engagement
  • Equity
  • Ethics
  • Law and Policy


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Jeff Levine

Jeff Levine

Jeff is the Planning and Urban Development Director for Portland, ME.

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