LGA and Solace Group managerial leadership programmes

LGA sponsored programmes, designed by the Solace Group, to deliver managerial leadership programmes to ambitious rising stars and executive leaders in the public sector.

Total Leadership

Total Leadership is a development programme for executive leaders,aspiring to become chief executives.

The course is designed by SOLACE and INLOGOV and delivered by local government specialists together with Russell Group academics. The programme provides an exceptional development opportunity, combining the latest theory with practical skills and knowledge as well as insights from high profile speakers.

The course runs over 12 months, with five residentials, plus online learning and action learning on real-time, work-based problems. The distance learning elements can be completed at participants’ preferred times and pace, fitting into what are always extremely busy work schedules.

  • Co-design workshop at the outset, and co-design throughout the sessions to keep the programme adapting to real life demands.
  • Support systems
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Flexible, ‘blended learning’ approach with an intensive residential programme and distance learning.
  • Guided reading (journal articles/book chapters – available through an online library of materials);
  • Action Learning Sets

The programme will help you decide when you’re ready to be a chief executive, and enable you to confidently demonstrate key transformational leadership skills, including:

  • mediating contested leadership spaces and the political and managerial interface
  • demonstrating strategic leadership, from vision to delivery; leading transformation, both in systems and across organisations
  • leading collaboratively across partnerships and alliances powerfully and effectively
  • developing skills to operate successfully in an increasingly complex world
  • understanding of the type of leadership skills and behaviours required for the future through exposure to real life experiences through the perspective of cutting-edge speakers.
Programme fees

Programme fees for members are £4995 + VAT, inclusive of accommodation and all course materials

Programme fees for non-members are £5250 + VAT inclusive of accommodation and all course materials.

To find out more about the Total Leadership Programme, the modules and how you can apply, please see link below.

Total Leadership Programme


This is a unique development programme designed for future managerial leaders of local government.  This is suitable for enthusiastic individuals at middle manager or head of service level, who are the rising stars of the public sector and seeking to move into more senior roles.

The main components of the programme include:


We will offer you a free 12 month membership of Solace along with invitations to all of our policy masterclasses. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in both the Solace Summit and Annual Leadership Forum. These events offer a great opportunity to meet and network with key sector leaders..


We will pair you up with an external mentor who is a chief executive or director at an authority other than your own. They will meet with you regularly throughout the programme to offer support with career planning and development – offering impartial experience and advice about how you can move your career on to the next level.


We will run a series of one day workshops to help you think about and develop the skills you will need to be a local authority chief executive or senior officer. Speakers on previous programmes have covered topics like systems leadership and place-shaping, an introduction to local government finance, fostering innovation and the role of democratic accountability and challenge. We also invite a serving or recently retired chief executive along to each session to give a ‘Chatham House’ talk about their career, offer reflections, and have a discussion with the group.


We are looking for motivated people who will make the most of the programme and we can’t yet predict what other opportunities might present themselves to you. Some of the most valuable experiences will come from the doors that the programme will open.

We will make sure your chief executive knows you are on the programme and encourage you to build your profile within your council.

We may also invite you to support or lead on policy work on behalf of Solace where you have particular expertise. We will be on hand to help open doors, encourage you to be innovative and help you to use the programme to push your learning and development in the direction you want to take it.

Programme fees

Successful Springboard applicants will be asked for a £250 + VAT contribution towards the programme.

To find out more about the Springboard Programme and how you can apply, please see link below.

Springboard programme

These programmes are funded by the UK Government.