Would you like to enhance your understanding and abilities of community leadership? This new seminar is for officers in public services and Elected Members who are keen to work with communities to support local initiatives and build local leadership, as well as their own. Our communities face increasing division and challenges in the context of Brexit and reduced budgets for public services. Many Elected Members are adopting new ways of working in their areas as ‘community leaders’ and many local authorities want to encourage community initiatives, where local leaders and groups respond to opportunities to run services, build links with each other and take more active roles. This seminar explores the nature of leadership, looking at where it is based in communities and how we can help it to be more effective. It examines our own leadership styles and qualities and how we can adopt our own style to the situations and context we face. Including many practical activities with tools to try out, this exciting new seminar also looks at the six ‘key roles’ for Elected Members as community leaders, based on work being published by LGIU this year.
9.30 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Introduction - positive and negatives views about leaders; challenges for leadership in the current context.
10.30 Leadership in communities – where it is based; different types of ‘leaders’; building leadership as well as the capacity of leaders.
11.30 Understanding leadership – styles, qualities, skills; modern approaches to effective leadership in teams and organisations.
1.15 Roles in leadership – roles within community groups
2.15 Links between groups – building effective relationships between different groups
3.00 Tea break
3.15 The Elected Member as community leader – the six key roles.
3.45 Over view on leadership in communities – the way for forward.
Please note this seminar addresses local rather than corporate leadership. Programme is indicative only and may be subject to change.
Who should attend?
Elected Members and Officers involved in supporting members or with responsibility for engaging with the community.
Steve Skinner is an LGIU Associate and was formerly a policy manager in the Bradford Council. He has published extensively in the field of community engagement and has recently carried out research on engagement and community leadership. He now works as a trainer and consultant with local authorities, voluntary organisations and partnerships across England and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.