Contemporary Local Government Leadership Course
Contemporary leadership in local government is a dynamic space. Developing knowledge, capability and confidence to lead effectively in this unique environment ensures that council professionals can deliver on the best possible strategic outcomes for their stakeholders and communities.
In this Local Government Leadership Course you will study the latest in thought leadership and effective management practices in a local government context. Our research and experience shows that the most effective leaders in today’s local government can:
- Understand and articulate the unique context of working in the sector.
- Draw from a range of leadership approaches to enable action.
- Evaluate and apply new knowledge and skills to generate better outcomes for their council and local area.
- Understand the crucial role that local government has in shaping places and communities.
This leadership course provides a range of leadership perspectives and approaches to develop this important contextual knowledge and real-world leadership acumen. Being equipped with a range of frameworks, strategies and approaches helps you to stay relevant and lead effectively.
Contemporary leaders can draw on a range of approaches and thinking. In this leadership course you will be introduced to different leadership perspectives and paradigms relevant to local government to help you develop critical thinking, contextual knowledge and leadership acumen. This course is underpinned by contemporary thought leadership and is practitioner focused. Drawing from academic and practitioner expertise, recent literature, leadership opinion pieces, frameworks and existing case studies, you will review perspectives and experiences of leadership in local government that you can directly apply to your own environments.
By exploring the trends, challenges and opportunities of working in the sector, you will gain greater understanding of the context for leadership and the capabilities required to strengthen the performance of local government to deliver better community outcomes. The vision underpinning this leadership course is better community outcomes. Because to enable effective outcomes for communities and stakeholders, local government must first cultivate leaders who are adept with the issues and relationships unique to this sector.
This leadership course covers the following topics:
The context for Leadership
- Principles of working in the public service and connecting to the purpose or "the why" of opting to lead well in local government.
- Current contextual issues that impact the sector and council organisations and how these present challenges and opportunities for leadership.
- Public management paradigms that influence local government leadership practice.
The Leadership environment: politics & place
- The ability to lead in a political environment and develop political acumen.
- Adopting a place focused perspective drawing on examples of local governance models.
- Styles of leadership that are facilitative, collaborative, locally focused and that incorporate indigenous contexts.
Developing Leadership capability
- Examples of leadership development pathways and capability frameworks for local government.
- Key approaches that have informed leadership debate and thinking over the past century, using ideas from trait theory, managerial and behavioural styles, situational leadership, emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
- Practice examples from ethical and adaptive leadership models, and working collaboratively and inclusively.
Leadership Challenges in Practice
- Peer review of live leadership case studies from the sector.
- Engaging and influencing audiences and stakeholders such as senior managers, staff, stakeholders, elected members and communities.
- 'Leadership clinic' with current leader in the sector to share ideas and seek advice on current issues and the traits and skills required to survive and thrive in the sector.
- Integrating ideas from leadership studies into practice using recent national and international research and data.
- Building a picture for future leaders using lenses of digital capabilities, gender equity, indigenous leadership, wellbeing and resilience, changing communities, disruptive innovation and agile professional ways of working.
- Individual goals and objectives for continuing leadership development, using the application of new knowledge and skills gained in this course as relevant to their own role and council.
At the completion of this leadership course, you will be able to:
- Draw on relevant contextual knowledge and understanding of contemporary local government leadership perspectives.
- Utilise skills and approaches that can be instantly applied to local government issues.
- Optimise your ability to demonstrate effective and progressive leadership through your role.
|Duration||Five sessions (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$2,875 (GST free)|
Who is this course for?
This leadership course is suitable for professionals who are seeking to develop personal and professional leadership capabilities.
About the presenter
Leadership Program Specialist: Sophi Bruce specialises in approaches to leadership, transition and social impact projects using a portfolio of techniques for reflective learning, collaborative working and thinking differently. From the design and delivery of bespoke learning programs to ongoing project delivery, Sophi’s focus on positive tangible outcomes is supported by professional aptitude and a passion for facilitating personal, organisational and social progress. At IPPG, Sophi has strategic responsibility for a suite of programs and subjects at University Technology Sydney committed to building leadership capacity across the local government sector on a national level. With extensive facilitation and project management experience, Sophi manages a range of consultancy projects for clients of the Institute in areas such as leadership, organisational change, community and place, collaboration, evaluation and capacity building. Sophi is an authorized assessor of the Leadership Development Framework and has an executive certificate in Positive Psychology coaching. She has curated for the International Association for Public Participation and contributes to Adaptive Leadership Australia’s leadership programs and The School of Life classes.
This leadership course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
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Pathway to postgraduate study
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