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.

2019/20 Leadership Academy dates

Midweek Programme 183:  Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Thursday 18 July – Friday 19 July 2019
Module 2: Wednesday 11 September – Thursday 12 September 2019
Module 3: Wednesday 9 October – Thursday 10 October 2019

Weekend Programme 184:  Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Saturday 14 September – Sunday 15 September 2019
Module 2: Saturday 12 October – Sunday 13 October 2019
Module 3: Saturday 9 November – Sunday 10 November 2019

Midweek Programme 185:  Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Thursday 26 September – Friday 27 September 2019
Module 2: Wednesday 30 October – Thursday 31 October 2019
Module 3: Thursday 28 November – Friday 29 November 2019

Weekend Programme 187:  Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Saturday 19 October – Sunday 20 October 2019
Module 2: Saturday 23 November – Sunday 24 November 2019
Module 3: Saturday 14 December – Sunday 15 December 2019

Midweek Programme 188: Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Wednesday 6th November – Thursday 7th November 2019
Module 2: Wednesday 4th December – Thursday 5th December 2019
Module 3: Wednesday 8th January – Thursday 9th January 2020

Weekend Programme 189: Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry
Module 1: Saturday 11th January – Sunday 12th January 2020
Module 2: Saturday 15th February – Sunday 16th February 2020
Module 3: Saturday 14th March – Sunday 15th March 2020

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