Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is the LGA's flagship development programme for councillors in leadership positions. Refreshed and updated for the current challenges faced across local government, the Leadership Academy delivers for local leaders a step change in leadership behaviours, strategies, skills and mind-set. 

The Leadership Academy Programme is recognised by The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), the UK's leading award winning body for leadership and management.

Local politicians are facing an environment of multiple challenges and opportunities; from reducing budgets and re-shaping services to diverse community challenges and complex political alliances. Developing the skills for effective local leadership is vital to ensure councillors can rise to these challenges and make the most of the opportunities to benefit their communities.

2017/18 Leadership Academy dates

Midweek Programme 171:  Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Tuesday 24 October – Wednesday 25 October 2017
Module 2: Tuesday 28 November – Wednesday 29 November 2017
Module 3: Tuesday 9 January – Wednesday 10 January 2018

Weekend Programme 172: Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Saturday 11 November – Sunday 12 November 2017
Module 2: Saturday 9 December – Sunday 10 December 2017
Module 3: Saturday 20 January – Sunday 21 January 2018

Weekend Programme 173: Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Saturday 13 January – 14 January 2018
Module 2: Saturday 10 February – 11 February 2018
Module 3: Saturday 10 March – 11 March 2018

Benefits of attending
  • understand your own leadership style and improve your leadership capabilities
  • understand and implement effective leadership strategies for the current environment
  • work on your own specific challenges relevant to your councils
  • develop a ‘leadership toolbox' of techniques and strategies for different situations
  • taking your learning back to your councils
  • working with peers from other parties and councils
  • receive an ILM accredited certificate on completion.

About the programme
The Leadership Academy is a modular leadership development programme with three, two-day residential modules which take place over a three month period.

Module 1: focuses on leading through relationships. This module explores how councillors can develop, maintain and use relationships – both internal and external – to provide effective leadership at the political, organisational and wider community levels.

Module 2: looks at leading innovation and change. This module will develop councillors' ability to lead and manage complex change to improve effectiveness and efficiency and to achieve better outcomes for the community.

Module 3: explores leading communities and place. The focus is on helping councillors to communicate with and provide leadership to their communities and within partnerships to achieve growth and prosperity.

All modules are underpinned by the following principles:

  • grounded in the challenges and opportunities provided by the current local government context
  • draw on leading edge thinking
  • sharing of best practice
  • focus and building on participants' own experiences and challenges
  • provide time for reflection and self-evaluation
  • encourage bold and ambitious leadership.

Who is it for?
Councillors who recognise the need to improve their leadership capabilities to meet the challenges they are facing day-to-day and for the longer term future of their council. The programme is designed for councillors in leadership positions:

  • council leaders
  • deputy leaders
  • group leaders
  • portfolio holders
  • portfolio shadows
  • scrutiny/committee chairs


We recognise the financial challenge facing councils and so have substantially reduced the cost of attending the programme. The cost for the first place booked for each authority is now just £1,000. The cost for each subsequent place will be £1,250. The fee covers all the costs of the programme including accommodation, meals and materials except travel costs.

For more information contact:
Grace Collins
Telephone: 020 7664 3054
Email: Grace.Collins@local.gov.uk