City leaders play a vital role in shaping the development trajectory of their city; they set a far-sighted aspirational goal for the city and drove a single-minded and practical approach towards the vision. The governance structure and the extent of a leader’s or mayor’s empowerment definitely have an impact on a city’s leadership. However, important characteristics that civic leaders need to exhibit, such as pragmatism, businessfriendliness and a can-do attitude, remain consistent irrespective of the governance structure.
Leaders need to:
* Develop a culture and mindset of agility among employees
* Promote the measurement of performance
* Create structures that reward impacts on the urban environment (rather than rewarding outputs)
But there is more. Read the full article below. Written by was Alice Charles, Cities & Urban Development Expert at World Economic Forum.