Supporting 21st Century leadership – political leadership development for councillors and leaders
Inspiring local communities and creating a better future for the people and places we represent takes ambitious leadership. The next generation of local government will be leading through unprecedented times. We believe councillors have a central role to play in:
Councillors are crucial to our shared vision for local government – efficient, accountable, reliable and changing lives for the better. So now more than ever we need to ensure our members are bold and ambitious leaders, equipped to tackle these challenges: reinvigorating local governance, ensuring strong democratic accountability, supporting local government to make a difference, deliver and be trusted.
Effective political leadership is at the heart of effective democracy. We are committed to supporting and developing the councillors on whose shoulders this rests. Right from those at the very beginning of their political careers, through to experienced sector-leading politicians – encouraging the skill acquisition, networking and innovation required to benefit and improve the entire sector.
We have a range of opportunities to support members in their changing role and throughout their career. We foster strong alumni networks to encourage the development of new ideas and provide a space for innovation to thrive.
Local government is only as vibrant, effective and relevant as the people elected to run it. We are working with councils, regional organisations and local parties on the 'Be a councillor' campaign – to increase the pool from which councillors are elected and encourage the brightest stars to stand and do the best for their communities.
As part of our series of annual learning and network events this weekend is a great opportunity for young councillors to build valuable networks with peers early on in their careers and continue their leadership learning and skill development.
Another in our learning and network series this annual event is designed specifically for councillors from BAME backgrounds providing a valuable networking and leadership development opportunity.
We have developed a wide range of activities and initiatives to support councillors as leaders of their communities. This includes the Political Skills Framework toolkit 2012.
The long-standing Leadership Academy offers essential high class leadership development for councillors in leadership positions from across the political spectrum. The programme focuses on enhancing participants' leadership style, building skill and confidence, and creating valuable support networks among peers in other councils and parties.
These stand alone programmes are themed learning opportunities for councillors concentrating on specific portfolio areas such as planning or services for older people. They provide a great chance to develop leadership skills in a particular area and share experiences amongst colleagues dealing with similar challenges.
This is a prestigious political leadership programme for ambitious councillors. It is uniquely developed within party traditions and with party political experts, creating an unparalled political development opportunity for participants and enabling them to rise to their own current and future political challenges.
This unique programme is designed for chief executives and leaders in local government, customising their learning so it can be applied to participants' real-life issues.