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.

Working with the Media Masterclass

Thursday 7 December 2017 8
Warwick Conferences, Coventry, CV4 7SH
For councillors in leadership positions, including leaders of councils, deputy leaders, leaders of political groups, portfolio holders 

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
  • 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. USB sticks containing all your interviews, along with media training notes, will be given to you at the end of the day 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.

This highly engaging one-day masterclass will help councillors make the most of the new partnership landscape. Councillors attending the masterclass will learn what makes for successful partnerships and how to structure conversations that build trust, establish common purpose and address how partners can work together in new ways. This masterclass is open to all councillors and will be particularly useful for those who have a leadership role where partnership building is crucial.

  • Friday, 19 January 2018 - 18 Smith Square, London
  • Thursday, 22 February 2018 - North West (venue tbc)
  • Saturday, 24 March 2018 - South West (venue tbc)

We are currently developing a new leadership essentials masterclass on emergency planning which will focus on the role of the councillor when preparing for and dealing with a crisis situation. This one day masterclass will cover an introduction to handling the media, understanding your role as a councillor during an emergency and provide practical advice and best practice. To register an interest in hearing more about this programme, please email grace.collins@local.gov.uk. Dates to be confirmed.

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 4: Tuesday 7 November – Wednesday 8 November 2017
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.

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 17: Monday, 18 September – Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Programme 18: Saturday, 28 October – Sunday, 29 October 2017
Programme 19: Thursday, 1 February  – Friday, 2 February 2018
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

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

Programme 13: Tuesday 7 November – Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Programme 14: Tuesday 28 November – Wednesday 29 November 2017
Both at Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

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.

This programme is aimed at elected members with leading roles on fire and rescue authorities.
 Benefits of attending will include opportunities to:

  • develop your understanding of the nature of political leadership in fire and rescue authorities.
  • improve your knowledge of the key strategic issues facing the sector.
  • build your appreciation of how leadership style, capacity and skills can assist in managing complex organisational change.
  • Explore tools and techniques for improving communication and stakeholder engagement, when working with communities, partners, fire staff and the media.
  • Share ideas and network with leading members from a variety of FRAs.

Programme 9: Tuesday 20 February – Wednesday 21 February 2018
The cost of attending this programme is fully subsidised.  This includes accommodation, meals, course materials and tuition.

Leadership Essentials Culture event for Portfolio Holders, Scarman House, Coventry

After four 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. The two day free event features case studies of good practice in the delivery of cultural services as well as presentations from the LGA and Arts Council England. Accommodation and food is provided throughout the two days.

To book a place, email grace.collins@local.gov.uk.

Councillors have a key role to play in the governance of the commissioning activity of councils so there is a vital need for a development offer for elected members on this important subject. This programme is for cabinet members, leaders, deputy leaders and councillors with involvement in their council's commissioning of services.  It draws upon the themes of the highly successful LGA and Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy aimed at council officers.

The objectives of the sessions are to:

  • Help councillors improve and develop the commissioning activity of their council
  • Explore the importance of political leadership to improving commissioning
  • Provide an opportunity for networking and sharing areas of good commissioning practice for the sector
  • Opportunities for you to discuss and find solutions to your own commissioning issues

Programme 8:  Tuesday 31 October – Wednesday 1 November 2017
Warwick Conferences, Coventry  CV4  7SH

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

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 2018/19 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.

Programme 7:Saturday, 21 October – Sunday, 22 October 2017 - FULL
Programme 8: Thursday, 23 November – Friday, 24 November 2017 - FULL
Programme 9: Saturday, 9 December – Sunday, 10 December 2017

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.

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
  • 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.

Programme 4: Saturday 27 January – Sunday 28 January 2018
Warwick Conferences, Coventry  CV4  7SH

Fee: The fee for attending the 2-day residential event is £250 per place which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials.

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

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.

Programme 7: Saturday 13 January – Sunday 14 January 2018


Fee: The fee for attending the 2-day residential event is £250 per place which includes accommodation, meals and all learning materials.

Following 16 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.  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 new strategy Towards an Active Nation.

Programme 19: 16-17 November 2017

Programme 20: 1-2 February 2018

Programme 21: 22-23 March 2018
Offer: Places are limited to one member per council. Accommodation, meals, course materials & delegate fees are funded. Accommodation is available for the pre-night.

Planning 2 - 2017/18 Saturday 27 January – Sunday 28 January 2018
Planning Reform: understanding the planning change agenda - for portfolio holders and committee chairs

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.

Local authorities have a core role to play in countering terrorism at local level and helping to safeguard individuals at risk of radicalisation. Prevent forms one part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy (Contest) and the Prevent duty under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 requires all local authorities to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This new addition to the leadership essentials programme complements the successful Counter Extremism course, and will look in more detail at councils’ role in countering terrorism. Speakers from national and local government will explore a range of themes, including assessing local risk; understanding radicalisation; effective safeguarding; communication strategies; community engagement; and challenging harmful ideology.

Programme 1 - Wednesday 1 November – Thursday 2 November 2017
Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Programme 2 - Wednesday 6 December – Thursday 7 December 2017
Wychwood Park, Crewe

Programme 3 - Tuesday 20th March - Wednesday 21 March 2018 Warwick Conferences, Coventry, CV4 7SH

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

The Government’s 2015 Counter-extremism strategy acknowledged the importance of local government in protecting communities from extremism. This new two-day programme will explore in detail councils’ role. The course will include contributions from a number of speakers from across central and local government and partners, encourage members to discuss some of the key issues for councils around this agenda, and provide opportunities to share good practice with members in similar roles. The programme will cover understanding extremism, assessing national and local risks, effective approaches to tackling extremism, leadership skills, communication strategies, the role of scrutiny and how to challenge extremist ideologies.

Programme 2: Wednesday 6 September – Thursday 7 September 2017
Weetwood Hall, Leeds

Programme 3: Tuesday 28 November – Wednesday 29 November 2017
Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry, CV4 7SH

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

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