Leading in Local Government Course
Managing effectively in local government requires leadership acumen and adaptability. Sharpen your core leadership skills to strengthen your career, council and community outcomes.
Succeeding in today’s local government means being able to adapt to changes in environments, legislation, communities and work culture. This requires strong leadership acumen that combines developing your personal leadership ability alongside your professional skills and knowledge. This leadership course will develop the core of your leadership capacity by building your ability to understand behaviours and actions, inspire and motivate others, navigate change and conflict, and communicate effectively. In this leadership course you will gain the confidence and tools to inhabit effective leadership roles and achieve better results for your council and community.
|Duration||Five days (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$2,875 (GST free)|
This leadership course will cover the following content:
- Leadership expectations and aspirations
- Skills, traits and behaviours of leaders
- ‘Leading Self’ in local government
- Personal strengths and accountability
- Stakeholder relationships
- Motivation and negotiation
- Feedback and coaching
- The leadership in local government journey
- Culture and engagement
- Workforce and inclusivity
- Innovation and creativity
- Reform and change
- Change processes
- Agents for change
- Resilience and wellbeing
- Current debates shaping the future
- Building a personal action plan
At the end of this leadership course, you will be able to:
- Build enhanced capabilities from the leadership domains of self, others, organisations, change and futures.
- Evaluate capabilities needed to lead in local government and apply to your own councils and contexts.
- Demonstrate leadership practices including high level communication and relationship skills.
- Initiate a strategy for personal leadership effectiveness within your current role.
This leadership course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Due to COVID-19, this leadership course will be delivered online, via a live video link. Participants will also be able to access online activities and readings in the UTS Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas, to supplement these sessions.
Who should attend?
This leadership course is designed for public sector professionals who want to develop personal and professional leadership capabilities in management positions. The courses is suitable for those who:
- hold (or are about to take up) a supervisory or management position.
- aspire to a more senior and/or broader leadership role.
- want to develop personal leadership effectiveness.
- seek career progression.
In-house training solutions
This leadership course online can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
About the presenters
Sophi Bruce has over 20 years’ experience working in and with public sector agencies and governments, and specialises in approaches to leadership and change. She understands the complexities of making strategic impact and draws on a range of coaching and facilitation techniques that help people and organisations to reach their potential. With UTS since 2011, Sophi has responsibility for a suite of leadership and change programs offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance.
Associate Professor Bligh Grant is Associate Professor at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government. He is Course Coordinator of the Master of Local Government program at UTS. He is co-author of three books, Local Government in Australia: History, Theory and Public Policy (2017; with Joseph Drew) and Funding the Future (2013) and Councils in Cooperation (2012) (both with Brian Dollery and Michael Kortt). He is co-editor of Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim (2018) with Cathy Yang Liu and Lin Ye. Recent co-authored scholarly articles have appeared in Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Policy and Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Local Government Studies and Australian Planner. He contributes regularly to media on Australian politics, particularly on local government matters.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of this short course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses. Find out more.
What participants say about this leadership course
The leadership skills I learned and reflected on really gave me confidence and following the course I applied for a promotion and got the position. I believe I was successful due to my ability to position myself as both a manager of staff and a leader of community.
I’ve been able to put into practice all I have learned, and my profile as a leader and opportunities at work have grown as a result.
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