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Leadership guru Warren Bennis famously said, "Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."

Our American States logoThe art of legislative leadership is examined on the latest edition of NCSL's "Our American States" podcast.

The leaders in the 99 chambers of America's state legislatures operate in a unique environment and Tim Storey, director of state services for NCSL, shares his top 10 things that great legislative leaders do.

"Being a leader in the legislative environment means you have to focus really carefully on those skills of consensus building, of rallying people to your cause or your communication skills, persuasion. I mean, you have to persuade that it’s for the better of the team, and you have to define team in many different ways," Storey said.

"Who are you working for? You’re working for the state, you’re working for your chamber, the legislative institution, and you’re certainly working for your caucus and also the voters who may or may not return you to that seat."

Check out all the episodes on our main podcast page and learn how to download "Our American States" and other podcasts.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.