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All those in leadership roles have a need for both leadership and management skills.
Leadership is often defined as the ability to inspire a shared vision towards the achievement of team goals and aspirations, modelling the way, and providing the support and encouragement to enable the team to achieve those goals. In contrast, management has often been defined as the planning and organisation and monitoring skills to ensure that team and organisational objectives are achieved.
The executive team has a particularly critical role in both areas. It is ultimately responsible for setting the council vision and mission related strategic goals and monitoring progress towards their achievement. This course will focus on the following:
The need to possess strong strategic leadership skills and management skills; Understanding your strengths and weaknesses in leadership and management; Coaching and mentoring your middle managers – and helping them to do likewise; Helping to create and lead positive cultural change in your council; Reinforcing a constructive performance management culture; Recognising good performance and managing poor performance – it starts with you! One team – one goal!
Creating a council which works as one big team, supporting each other to achieve the longer-term needs of its community in the best possible way.