Legislative Leader Services
The NCSL Leaders' Center assists legislative leaders in meeting challenges of managing the institution, crafting the best possible public policy, creating consensus out of dissension, communicating with Congress and key administration officials, and protecting and promoting the legislative institution.
The Leaders' Center offers specialized services including publications, timely policy information and ideas for innovative management. NCSL offers leaders opportunities to enhance skills, communicate with colleagues in other states, and meet with members of congress and the administration.
At your request, we can conducts thorough studies for procedural issues, rules reform, budget procedures and information systems in your state and assists chambers in making leadership transitions.
Meetings for Leaders
NCSL Legislative Summit. Every summer, NCSL's Legislative Summit is jam-packed with informative sessions and nationally known speakers on current issues confronting the states. Leaders can take part in the annual business meeting and shape NCSL's policy positions on state-federal issues and a number of special activities just for leaders.
Legislative Leadership: the Art, the Politics, the Challenge. This meeting is an interactive, give-and-take discussion with some of America's most thoughtful, respected leaders and experts from business, academia and the media. Understanding how full and frantic a legislative leader's schedule can be, we have packed it all into a compact day-and-a-half program in a comfortable setting. This meeting is for legislative leadership and occurs twice a year.
Symposium for Emerging Leaders. This meeting brings together some of the nation's foremost experts on leadership. In seminars, lectures and small-group discussions participants will explore the paths and challenges to leadership. Legislators must be nominated by leadership to attend this meeting.
Publications and Resources for Leaders
NCSL's Guide to Leaders and Legislatures. A pocket-sized roster of principal leaders, including addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and email addresses. Updated annually.
Other NCSL Publications. A great many specialized publications, from books to brief summaries to thorough studies of critical and emerging policy issues. Includes State Legislatures magazine, State Legislative Reports and LegisBriefs.
Consulting Services/Technical Assistance. NCSL can provide: training for committee chairs, training for new members, organizational studies, compensation and classification studies. Also available are various training tapes about How to be an effective Legislator and The Art of Leadership.