Inspiring local communities and creating a better future for the people and places we represent takes ambitious leadership. And effective political leadership has always been at the heart of healthy democracy.

The LGA's range of political leadership development programmes helps to support and develop councillors ensuring our local politicians are confident and capable; well equipped and well supported to make a difference, deliver and be trusted.

As a local politician, finding the time to reflect, to build up your networks and to challenge yourself can be tricky. The LGAs Highlighting Leadership Programmes provide opportunities to do just that; for those at the very beginning of their political careers, through to experienced leaders – building the leadership capacity of individuals and the wider sector.

Supporting effective political leadership is part of our wider package of Sector-led Improvement; helping councils strengthen local accountability, monitor performance and drive improvement.

For an overview of all political leadership development programmes download  the Highlighting Political Leadership brochure


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25 March 2014

Councillors guide 2015/16
5 May 2015

The 21st Century guide for new members (PDF, 10 pages, 320KB)
10 June 2013

Councillor workbooks
on the Knowledge Hub site