Being an effective elected official

Once you are elected the real work begins. Effective elected officials have a number of things in common – they:

  • Are honest and act with integrity
  • Accept responsibility for their actions
  • Respect others and the institution of local government
  • Have an ability to lead, listen, and positively influence others while working collaboratively

These videos are intended to help potential candidates better understand what is involved in serving as an elected leader, including the skills needed to work with fellow elected officials, Indigenous partners, and the community at large. ​


Advice for People Running for Local Office



What is Responsible Conduct?



Working with Others



Reflections on Building Relationships with First Nations



Unproductive Conflict vs. Productive Conflict



Tools to Support Good Governance


The videos are highlights from a moderated panel discussion with four elected officials about what it means to be an effective elected official.