Leadership Under Stress – the Role of Resiliency

Let us consider leadership under stress. Resiliency can help us deal with stress. This article provides an insight on and summary of techniques to be resilient. Sometimes normal life is challenging and stressful. Court leadership has experienced extraordinary stress: ongoing leadership challenges, resource limitations, pressure for accountable, efficient, and stable operations, and now, COVID19. Some … Continue reading Leadership Under Stress – the Role of Resiliency

These Times Call for Adaptive Leadership!

It’s hard to deny that our interest is captivated on how we in courts adjust to the Coronavirus challenges:  immediacy of operational changes, unfolding information, and an unknown and evolving nature of dealing with and creating a new work environment.  Do these sound familiar with regards to what courts and court staff are facing?  Courts, … Continue reading These Times Call for Adaptive Leadership!

Court Leadership – the Competency of Leadership

This website is titled "courtleader." It is fitting, therefore, to examine a variety of aspects and competencies regarding court leadership.  We start by noting that the National Association for Court Management, NACM, has published what is known as Core Competencies that court leaders need to know and be able to do.  These competencies apply to … Continue reading Court Leadership – the Competency of Leadership

Courts and Covid-19: where are we, and where are we going? [part 2 of 2]

What will the future hold for the courts in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic? This post outlines the significant challenges and recommends what should be done. We can succeed by using Adaptive Leadership to create a new future reality that is people-centered, maximizes access, and increases personal safety. The new normal is one we create!

Courts and Covid-19: Where are we, and where are we going?” part 1 of 2

Initial court responses to the Covid-19 pandemic have focused on implementing social distancing actions. These include implementing remote tele-hearings, canceling jury trials, and deferring many court activities. What's next? The massive national economic upheaval will upend caseloads and create very real budget pressures. What is needed now is "adaptive leadership" to face the future.

New Editions of IACA and NACM Journals Have Great Articles!

The latest editions of the IACA & NACM journals have great, thought-provoking articles. Here are the titles of several that caught my eye (and links to read).

Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?

September 30, 2019 news headline: “Kansas federal judge reprimanded for sexual misconduct.”[1] The Judicial Council of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the public reprimand (the most severe sanction it could impose) after an extensive investigation of employee complaints. Closer to home, a local court administrator was terminated recently after many years of inappropriate … Continue reading Workplace Civility — How is Your Court Doing?

Fulfilling the Public’s Trust: Accountability

Like all governmental institutions, courts are accountable to the public they serve for their performance. What is accountability? It is being responsible for the fulfillment of obligations and being called to account for actions in the discharge of duties. The work courts do to fulfill the public's high expectations in the delivery of justice is the key to public trust and confidence in the courts.