Leadership essentials

'Leadership Essentials' is a series of events designed as themed learning opportunities for councillors. Each event concentrates on a specific portfolio area, such as Planning or Children's Services, or a specific theme, such as communications or digital leadership.


Audit Committees: Leadership Essentials

The world of audit just got interesting! The role of Audit Committees is to ensure that the council has an effective system for managing risks and controlling its finances. In these times of reduced resources and enhanced risk this role is more important than ever. With a government review of local government underway and controversy in the private sector about the role of external auditors, there has never been a better time to reflect on how audit committees need to be fulfilling their role.

Aimed at Audit Committee Chairs, this programme will discuss how Audit Committees can be most effective, drawing on the insights of auditors to ensure that the public can have confidence in the way the council is managing its financial affairs.

Programme 1: Thursday 9 January - Friday 10 January 2020

Programme 2: Saturday 1 February - Sunday 2 February 2020

Events take place at Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Adult social care: Leadership Essentials

This development event supports lead members with the key challenges they face in adult social care in the changing policy landscape. It offers the opportunity to explore leadership capacity, to share learning and to make valuable contacts. The course is residential, runs over two days and is delivered by LGA staff supported by high profile guest speakers from local government and partner agencies.  The event is member led, interactive, and maximises the opportunity for discussion, sharing of practice and innovative solutions in a confidential environment.

It will focus on leadership in the current challenging policy and practice context, including implementing the Care Act, sector led improvement and integration. The event is supported by the LGA and the Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care programme of sector led improvement in adult social care.

Programme 6: Tuesday 5 November - Wednesday 6 November 2019
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

The event is fully subsidised including accommodation and refreshments. Places are limited.

More information on other resources for lead members can be found on the Adult social care lead member development page.

Being an effective Cabinet Member: Leadership Essentials

This exciting new programme from the LGA has been designed to meet a significant unmet need in the member development world - a course to support new and experienced cabinet members in being successful in their portfolios. There are many courses available for scrutiny councillors but this is the first course dedicated to supporting councillors in their role as executive members. 

This interactive course examines the key aspects of being a successful cabinet member - from having a clear understanding of the legacy you want to leave, to working with your director, working with other cabinet members, making effective decisions and managing your workload.  The course is designed to produce a step change in the effectiveness of cabinet members.  It is designed to support all different types of portfolio holders - and is not specific to a specific portfolio.

Who is it for? New cabinet members; Experience cabinet members wanting a ‘refresh’; Cabinet deputies or assistants; Shadow cabinet members or assistants.

Programme 2: Saturday 23 November - Sunday 24 November 2019 - FULL

Programme 3:  Saturday 29 February - Sunday 1 March 2020

Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The fee for attending the two-day residential event is £250 per place which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials.

Building safety: Leadership Essentials

About the Programme
This two day course will give greater confidence to leaders and portfolio holders to face the challenges of ensuring that buildings – and their residents – are safe.

Local authorities have a core role in ensuring building safety – as house builders, housing enablers, and landlords; as planners, regulators, and local leaders democratically accountable to communities.

Since the tragic fire at Grenfell tower in June 2017, we have seen several waves of emerging issues that call into question the safety of buildings of all types and tenures. Local authorities – in all of their roles – are key to addressing these issues, and have come under unprecedented scrutiny.

In parallel, the Government has committed to a complete overhaul of the building safety regulatory framework, with new legislation due in Winter 2019/20. These changes will have significant practical and cultural implications for councils’ house building and regulatory functions.

This course will help participants to:

explore the role that local authorities play in ensuring building safety understand how peers have dealt with building safety issues that have emerged since the Grenfell fire understand planned reforms to the building safety system and their implications for local authorities lead and deliver the practical and cultural changes required in staff training, technology, and assurance processes

 

The programme runs over two days and is delivered by member peers and local government officers, supported by subject matter experts from local government and partner agencies. 

Programme 2: Tuesday 17 March - Wednesday 18 March 2020

Who is it for? Leaders, deputy leaders, Portfolio holders with responsibility for housing, planning, building control, or environmental health, and members with an interest in building safety.

Fee: The event is fully subsidised including accommodation and refreshments. Places are limited

Children's services: Leadership Essentials

Lead Members for Children's Services are responsible for providing leadership to Children's Services in their area and hold a statutory role. This development event is funded as part of the sector led improvement programme and aims to support Lead Members with the key challenges they face in the changing policy landscape and to develop leadership capacity, share learning and provide a valuable networking opportunity. This programme is also for Chairs of Children's Services scrutiny committee.

The programme runs over two days and is delivered by member peers and LGA staff supported by guest speakers from local government and partner agencies. We are offering a choice of three programme dates:

Programme 26: Wednesday 27 November - Thursday 28 November 2019
Programme 27: Thursday 16 January - Friday 17 January 2020

Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Climate emergency: Leadership Essentials

The impact of climate change on our planet is dominating global news headlines and a recent survey by Ipsos MORI showed 85 per cent of adults are now concerned about global warming. Many councils have formally declared a climate emergency and are looking at practical steps to turn ambitions on reducing carbon emissions into action.  

This programme will help leaders and portfolio holders explore the crucial local leadership role in responding to the climate emergency. It will explore levers for councils to reduce carbon emissions and provide opportunities to learn from the experience of others.  

Featuring a range of inputs, practical sessions and discussions, the programme will explore themes including community engagement, action planning, current climate change issues and how councils can bring partners together to deliver meaningful changes.

Programme 1: Thursday 21 November - Friday 22 November 2019
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Cohesion and integration: Leadership Essentials

The LGA runs a number of national Leadership Essentials programmes offering high quality leadership development for councillors across the political spectrum. This two-day course has been developed to explore local government’s role in cohesion and integration, which is open to all elected members and is free of charge.

Councils have a vital part to play in developing cohesive and resilient communities. Fostering cohesion and shaping the environments in which our communities can flourish lie at the core of councils’ day to day business and cut across a range of different policy areas. Building on our well received previous course, the programme will include understanding communities, community engagement, partnership working, managing challenges and trigger events, whole council and cross service area approaches and will provide opportunities for members to hear from other areas and share learning.

Programme 3: Tuesday 10 March - Wednesday 11 March 2020
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Creating Better High Streets and Town Centres: Leadership Essentials

With the continuing upheaval in our high streets, this two-day course will give greater confidence to leaders and portfolio holders to face the challenges and opportunities facing the town centres they serve.

There are unprecedented changes taking place amongst retailers, largely due to changing shopping habits, leading to the demise of many high street brands. Vacancy rates stand at 10 per cent in our town centres, footfall continues to decline and news continues on shop closures, CVAs and a slowdown in new openings. But these are not the only changes taking place in our town centres nor is it all doom and gloom. There are opportunities for councils to help provide a better town centre offer for local people and visitors. There are high levels of demand for housing; changes taking place to how people work, with an increase in shared, more flexible, and connected workplaces, and in demand for co-location of public services to deliver better outcomes for residents and release public land for housing and economic growth. There are also changing demographics and how people use town centres is also changing in favour of access to services, entertainment, education and convenience and less for traditional shopping.

This course will focus on leadership in the current policy and practice context, drawing in both leadership skills and the tools and levers available to them, within the context of town centres. We will use officer and elected member peers and draw in subject matter experts. Places will be limited to a maximum of 25 people to allow for effective discussion and learning.

Who is it for? Leaders, Deputy Leaders, Regeneration, Neighbourhood and Planning Portfolio Holders

Programme 1: Tuesday 3 December - Wednesday 4 December 2019
Warwick Conferences, Coventry  CV4  7SH

Programme 2: Thursday 30 January - Friday 31 January 2020
Burleigh Court, Loughborough, Leicestershire  LE11  3TD

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised.  This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Cultural services: Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials Culture event for Portfolio Holders

After 12 very successful programmes, we are delighted to be working in partnership with Arts Council England to deliver further Leadership Essentials Cultural Services programmes for leading members with responsibility for Cultural Services.  At this critical time for cultural services, the programme will support leading councillors to develop an integrated cultural offer against a backdrop of reducing budgets.

The programme aims to help participants:

develop a better understanding of the role integrated cultural services can play in communities understand the extent of transformation that is now required in the planning, delivery and development of cultural services. consider how councils can use cultural services to improve outcomes for their communities learn from good practice across the country understand more about how Arts Council England and LGA can support participants to carry out their leadership roles more effectively.

 
Programme 14: Thursday 30  January - Friday 31 January 2020

The programme will take place at Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH.

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised.  This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.   Accommodation is available for the pre-night.

Data and digital transformation: Political Leadership Masterclass

This series of events is for elected members who are working on, and keen to maximise, the opportunities of digital approaches and data exploitation in their authorities. A sequence of speakers from local authorities will talk about their own experiences as a reference point for questions and a discussion within the group.

Participants will take part in discussions to address all those subject areas that you do not currently fully understand but are afraid to ask.

The programme includes sessions on the benefits of digital approaches for councils, the importance of attention to, and better use of data, overcoming and understanding cultural issues and how as councillors we can create the conditions and scrutiny in which suitable innovations are able to succeed.

There are four regional events planned during January and February 2020 as follows:

24 Jan 2020 - Manchester
Venue: The Studio Manchester - The Hive, 51 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FN

31 Jan 2020 - Bristol
Venue: Engine Shed - Station Approach, Bristol BS1 6QH

7 Feb 2020 - Newcastle
Venue: Life Science Centre - Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4EP

14 Feb 2020 - London
Venue: etc.venues London - 4-12 Norton Folgate London E1 6DQ

Fee: attendance is free but places are limited to 20 in each event. Those interested are encouraged to book their places here.

Effective scrutiny: Leadership Essentials

The Leadership Essentials: Effective Scrutiny two day programme is for new or aspiring scrutiny chairs or task-and-finish group review lead members covering:

leading and managing a scrutiny review chairing scrutiny meetings in all their forms increasing participation by members and the public ensuring impact of scrutiny recommendations.

Programme 11: Wednesday 22 January - Thursday, 23 January 2020
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Drawing on experts in their field, the programme will also offer the opportunity to focus in depth on the hot topics that are currently most relevant to your work, whether that is children's safeguarding, welfare reform, changes in health services or pressure on budgets driving major changes in how services are delivered or commissioned.

Emergency planning and civil resilience Political Leadership Masterclass

This political leadership masterclass has been developed to focus on the role of councillors when preparing for and dealing with a crisis situation. This one-day masterclass will feature expertise and experience from councillors involved in major emergencies and will provide an introduction to handling the media, understanding your role as a councillor during a civil emergency and provide practical advice and best practice.

Key aspects of the masterclass include: the role of councillor during a civil emergency – looking at both your role as a representative of the council and as local community leaders the role in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and in particular around building and maintaining trust in communities Input will be provided from local emergency planning officers and communications experts about how to deal with the press during a civil emergency.

The event is fully subsidised for all delegates.

To register an interest in hearing more about this programme, please email grace.collins@local.gov.uk.

Finance: Leadership Essentials

This two day residential programme will help leaders and finance portfolio holders get to grips with the financial challenges facing their authority.  The course discusses setting longer term strategies for sustainability as well as balancing the budget on an annual basis and how to work with officers to ensure that the Council is making the most of its opportunities.

Designed for Leaders and finance portfolio holders, this programme is an opportunity to focus on financial management and governance ahead of the final stages of the 2019/20 budget process, but also to look longer term at what the strategic options may be for the council and its local area.  Participants will hear from a variety of speakers with experience of financial leadership in difficult times and experts on the financial impact of change.

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised, but places are limited and will be offered on a strict first come first served basis.

Fire and Rescue: Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials: Fire and Rescue

We will be running our usual two day programme, aimed at members of fire authorities with any level of experience. We encourage all fire members to attend a fire programme as an induction to the fire sector and as an opportunity to network with other fire members.

By the end of the course, delegates will have had the opportunity to: 

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the fire sector, including clarity on duties and responsibilities and on key partners like the Fire Services Management Committee, National Fire Chiefs Council, Home Office and fire unions.
  • ​​​​​​Develop skills around collective leadership in fire and rescue authorities (FRAs).
  • Gain a thorough understanding of good governance in fire and rescue authorities and practical skills to apply that understanding.
  • Improve knowledge of the key strategic issues facing the sector, including building safety, the fire inspections regime and the emerging issue of culture, inclusion and diversity in the fire sector.
  • Share ideas and network with leading members from a variety of FRAs. 

Programme 14: Wednesday, 12 February - Thursday, 13 February 2020

Both events take place at Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Getting your message across: Leadership Essentials

This event will provide councillors with the new ideas, strategies and techniques for achieving more effective communication with both internal and external audiences.

Participants will learn how to influence others towards achieving mutually beneficial objectives adapt their communication style to convey messages more persuasively to people who have a different communication style be more effective when delivering and managing bad news

Programme 6: Saturday, 25 January - Sunday, 26 January 2020

  • develop a more authoritative communication style
  • build and promote their own personal brand
  • target the right message at the right audience and establish trust and credibility and build relationships
  • overcome barriers to effective communication
  • select the best tools and methods for delivering messages.

Fee: The fee for attending the two-day residential event is £250 per place which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials.

Health and Wellbeing for HWB chairs and vice chair: Leadership Essentialss

Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWBs) are a unique forum where clinical, political, professional and community leaders come together to meet local health challenges. As system leaders HWBs will be instrumental in developing a place-based approach to transformation and integration. About the course This two day fully funded residential session will support Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) chairs and vice chairs to meet these challenges by coming together away from the day job to reflect on the effectiveness of their HWB in the current context, actively learn from each other and share experiences through the LGA's tried and tested approach to leadership development.

The session is led by member and clinical commissioning group (CCG) peers with input from national partners.

Homelessness: Leadership Essentials

This programme is aimed at Leaders, Deputy Leaders and relevant portfolio holders. It will be designed to help participants develop their leading role in reducing homelessness and the risks of homelessness in their areas. It will include focuses on: understanding the different forms homelessness and the routes into homelessness locally, developing and delivering a vision with partners, and the strategic and operational measures that can help improve the prevention and relief of homelessness as early as possible.

Programme 1:  Thursday 5 December - Friday 6 December 2019
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The fee for attending the two-day residential event is £250 per place which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials.

Housing: Leadership Essentials

This programme is aimed at Leaders, Deputy Leaders and relevant portfolio holders. It will be designed to help participants develop their leading role in shaping the local housing market to meet the needs of people and places. It will include focuses on: understanding the housing market, developing and delivering a vision with partners, and delivering ambitions to improve the availability, affordability and suitability of new and existing housing.

Programme 1: Thursday 23 January - Friday 24 January 2020
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The fee for attending the two-day residential event is £250 per place which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials.

Licensing: Leadership Essentials

Decision making at licensing committee: how to run a good licensing committee – for licensing committee/ sub-committee chairs and vice chairs

A new course for 2020 this leadership essentials programme is perfect for those councillors who are new and getting to grips with the role as well as for the more experienced as a refresher and update.

Licensing, and the decisions made by licensing committees make a fundamental contribution to shaping places where people want to live, work and relax. The aim of the licensing committee must be that those people that engage with it to be satisfied with the decision making process, if not always the outcome.

Chairing a committee, and all the preparation and lead-in required for good decision making can be challenging. The course will focus on good quality decision making at licensing committee and how a good licensing committee is run. Attendees will be able to compare how their committee operates with other authorities and share ideas with other councillors.

Tuesday, 10 March - Wednesday 11 March 2020
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The cost of attending is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals and course materials.

Planning: Leadership Essentials

Leadership Essentials Planning provides an opportunity to learn about leading planning services. It provides a forum where attendees from across the political spectrum can meet and talk about common issues, hear from leading experts and take part in discussions and exercises, to develop understanding and thinking and learn new things.

Decision making at planning committee:  how to run a good planning committee – for Planning committee chairs and vice-chairs

Programme 2: 19/20 March 2020, Warwick Conferences, Coventry

Fees: Delegate cost will be £250. All meals, accommodation and course materials will be provided as part of the delegate package. If you wish to arrive the night before, there will be an additional cost of £85.

A council's planning committee is a very public window into a council's sometimes complex and often controversial decision making process. The outcomes from the committee are then seen in the developments that are delivered through the decisions made. The aim of the planning committee must be that those people that engage with it to be satisfied with the decision making process, if not always the outcome.

Chairing a committee, and all the preparation and lead-in required for good decision making can be challenging. The course will focus on good quality decision making at planning committee and how a good planning committee is run. Attendees will be able to compare how their committee operates with other authorities and share ideas with other councillors.

Prevent and counter-extremism: Leadership Essentials

The LGA runs a number of national Leadership Essentials programmes offering high quality leadership development for councillors across the political spectrum. This two-day course has been developed to explore local government’s role in Prevent and counter extremism, which is open to all elected members and is free of charge.

Local authorities have a core role to play at a local level in both safeguarding individuals vulnerable to radicalisation, and in protecting their communities from extremism. Building on our highly regarded previous programmes, this event will provide an opportunity for elected members to learn with and from each other in a confidential, non party-political environment.

Featuring a range of inputs, practical exercises and discussion sessions the programme will explore a range of themes including national and local approaches to Prevent delivery and counter extremism work; national and local threats; understanding radicalisation and effective safeguarding; emerging and evolving challenges; community engagement and effective leadership.

Programme 5: Wednesday 25March - Thursday 26 March 2020
Boulevard Hotel, Ocean Boulevard Promenade, Blackpool  FY4 1PL

Programme 6: Tuesday 4 February - Wednesday 5 February 2020
Novotel Hotel, Leeds City Centre, 4 Whitehall Quay, Leeds LS1 4HR

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Leadership Essentials: London Prevent

The LGA runs a number of national Leadership Essentials programmes offering high quality leadership development for councillors across the political spectrum. This one-day course has been developed to explore local government’s role in Prevent, which is open to elected members and is free of charge.

Local authorities have a core role to play in countering terrorism at a local level and helping to safeguard individuals vulnerable to radicalisation. Prevent is a key part of the Government's counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, and is a statutory duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. This event will have a regional focus, building on the highly regarded national Prevent programme, and will provide an opportunity for councillors primarily from London and South East councils to learn with regional colleagues in a confidential, non-party political environment.

The programme will explore a range of themes, including councils’ role in delivering Prevent; assessing local risk; understanding radicalisation; effective safeguarding; and community engagement.

Programme 2: Friday 28 February 2020 - London

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Risk Management Political Leadership Masterclass

Sometimes the biggest risk you can take is to take no risks at all! But what do we mean by risk and how can we make sure that we take it into account when making decisions?

This seminar will consider the types of risk that Councillors are likely to meet as they seek to influence the decision making process at their Council.  After establishing what is meant by risk, how risk is identified, evaluated and managed, the seminar will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss in a supportive environment how best to understand and deal with the political, financial and practical risks they face.

Programme 5: Thursday 16 January 2020
Warwick Conferences, Coventry  CV4  7SH

The event is fully subsidised for all delegates.

Sport and physical activity

Following over 20 successful Leadership Essentials Sport programmes in the last five years, the LGA and Sport England are pleased to offer further programmes to assist Cabinet members/portfolio holders with the responsibility for sport to lead transformational change in their service. The programme also provides a great opportunity to hear about Sport England’s strategy, Towards an Active Nation, and the opportunities it brings for councils and local partners. It is also a very beneficial experience for new portfolio holders.  

The event will help participants to:

Understand the role that sport and physical activity can play in helping address health improvement and health inequality within communities Explore the role sport and physical activity can play in public health, health and social care commissioning and personalisation Understand and lead the transformation required in the provision, management and development of sport and physical activity services within councils in order to improve efficiency and value for money and increase participation Understand more about how Sport England and the LGA can help and support councils through change programmes and hear about Sport England’s strategy Towards an Active Nation

Programme 26: Thursday 20 - Friday 21 February 2020
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

Fee: The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised. This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition. Accommodation is available for the pre-night.

Read about the impact attending a Leadership Essential Sports and Physical Activity programme (formerly called Leadership Academy) had on seven councillors from across the country in our brochure.

Working with the Media: Political Leadership Masterclass

As a leading councillor, you play a pivotal role in raising awareness of your local area and organisation through the media. We're running an intense one-day masterclass to develop and enhance your interview skills. The session will be run by experienced journalists who will provide guidance and advice on:

  • understanding journalists, your local media and what makes news
  • how to prepare for an interview, present yourself and avoid the pitfalls
  • how to develop meaningful messages and narrative/li>
  • how to convey your message and control an interview

You'll undertake three interviews (both print and broadcast) during the course of the day with one-on-one guidance and detailed feedback. Recordings of all your interviews, along with media training notes, will be emailed across after the event to review in your own time.

The event is fully subsidised for all delegates. However, please note once you commit to joining the ‘Working with the Media’ masterclass if you are then unable to make it, a £500 fee will charged to your council.

Programme 13: Dates to be advised shortly for 2020

 

Working in Partnership: Political Leadership Masterclass

This one-day masterclass will help councillors better understand how to build successful partnerships. The interactive session will encourage members explore and address the 5 key rules of partnerships

  1. Recognise that partnership working is difficult
  2. Only collaborate if the task requires it. Partnerships aren’t the answer to all problems
  3. Having a shared purpose and high levels of trust is essential
  4. Be a good partner by having your own house in order
  5. Partnerships require leaders to lead collaboratively

Working in Partnerships Political Masterclass: TBA.
The event is fully subsidised for all delegates.

 

 

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