What’s the difference between leadership and management? Like the debate over whether leadership is an art or a science, this question lingers in the minds of many who can’t draw a distinction. The APWA Leadership & Management Committee aims to define what management is and how one does it in the context of public works. Just like leadership, management skills can be improved by learning and practicing. APWA’s management framework, developed by the Leadership and Management Committee, defines management behaviors into five functions. This session will dive into what those are and how to implement them into your own experience. The five functions are: Planning, Organizing, Scheduling, Controlling/Improving, Staffing.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Identify the five essential functions of APWA’s management framework.
  2. Use the five essential functions of management in their workplace.
  3. Evaluate their management skills and look for areas for focus or improvement.

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Chris Anderson;Ryan Blanche;Steve Johnson