Highlighting political leadership

The LGA's range of political leadership development programmes helps to support and develop councillors ensuring our local politicians are confident and capable.


The scale of the challenge that councils are currently facing requires strong, responsive and resilient leadership. To address this, we are refocusing our leadership offer so that senior councillors and officers have access to learning resources and the ability to share their experiences with their peers. This includes ensuring that councillors have access to online leadership tools that support their vital community leadership role in their national effort to respond to COVID-19, including through neighbourhood and community engagement. 

New resources available

Please scroll down to see our full leadership offer.

Councillor e-learning platform

We've upgraded our councillor e-learning platform to provide a better and more up to date learning experience for councillors.

Councillor induction webinars

Finance without numbers – An introduction to local government finance 

Wednesday 21 September 2022, 2.00pm – 3.30pm

This webinar will provide an overview of local government finance without any numbers - focussing instead on roles and responsibilities, key terminology and processes.  It will give you an understanding of both what you need to be aware of in your role and what you need to understand about your authority’s role.  This webinar, which is funded by Government is for newly elected members or those just looking for a refresh.

The webinar will cover:

  • Members’ role in finance
  • How finance decisions are made
  • Some key financial issues and terminology

Confirmed speaker: Sheila Collins, Finance Improvement Support Adviser, Local Government Association

We will be repeating this webinar on Monday 31 October 2022, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Finance for non-finance cabinet members

Thursday 29 September 2022, 10.30am - 11.45am

Many non-finance cabinet members receive financial information and react to it. An effective cabinet member leads by being proactive about finance. This leadership webinar, aimed at non-finance cabinet members, will consider who should do what in ensuring there is effective financial governance, offer an overview of how finance works in your service area and provide councillors with the confidence and tools needed to be a proactive financial leader.

Finance without numbers: Book for 29 September 2022

Chairing skills essentials

Thursday 22 September 2022, 2pm-3.30pm

The ability to chair meetings effectively is a key skill for every councillor. Whether they are new to the council or have been elected for several years.

In this webinar you will hear from two senior, experienced councillors who will share their insights into chairing meetings, whether in a formal council setting, or as part of your role as a representative of your local community as a community leader or advocate. The webinar will include some case studies, as well as hints and tips for considering your approach to chairing meetings as an elected member.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Cllr Hannah Dalton, Chair of the Residents' Association, Epsom and Ewell Council
  • Cllr Sam Chapman- Allen, Leader, Breckland Council

This webinar is funded by Government.

This is a virtual Zoom webinar.

Chairing skills essentials: Book for 22 September 2022

Councillor's workbook on the local pathway to net zero

Councils have a crucial role to play in achieving the UK’s 2050 Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions target. Our councillor's workbook on the local pathway to net zero can help councillors achieve this.

Councillor's workbook on mentally healthier places

Councillor's workbook on mentally healthier places, designed as a distance learning aid to support councillors develop mentally healthier communities. 

A webinar and an e-learning module has been produced to complement this workbook. To access the module please go to our councillor e-learning platform.

Councillor’s workbook on effective opposition during COVID-19, reset and recovery

A councillor’s workbook on effective opposition during COVID-19, reset and recovery, examining effective opposition in local government and focuses on the role that the opposition plays during the COVID-19 pandemic including the reset and recovery phase.

Guidebook on ‘Being an effective cabinet member’

A guidebook on ‘Being an effective cabinet member’ – This guidebook is a distance learning aid to support cabinet members in their role, including decision-making, whole cabinet working, leadership styles in times of crisis and officer/member relationships.

Guidance for finance portfolio-holders

The councillor’s workbook on local government finance has been updated and supplemented with an e-learning module to help you consider the financial and budgetary decisions that will need to be taken as we emerge from the pandemic.

Other resources

Our councillor e-learning platform includes a module on handling intimidation and we have made available a range of other resources to help councillors as part of our civility in public life programme.

Political leadership webinars supporting councillors and political leaders 

A series of webinars to support councillors and political leaders.

Sector support offer

Supporting effective political leadership is part of our sector support offer; helping councils strengthen local accountability, monitor performance and drive improvement.