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Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH

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Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


Developing Your Leadership Potential



From Jun 29, 2018 to Feb 15 2019

Course Duration:

5 full days


This programme is designed to develop skills which will support you in taking the first step into a leadership role. It is aimed at elected Members who have a good understanding of the role and want to further develop their skills in preparation for opportunities to take on a senior leadership role. Running over 12 months, the programme consists of a 360 degree evaluation and one-to-one feedback, followed by 5 sessions exploring different leadership attributes. As a participant on this programme, you will enjoy wider networking opportunities and access to wider peer support.

Day 129 Jun 18Exeter City Council
Day 221 Sep 18Mid Devon DC
Day 39 Nov 18 Devon County Council
Day 415 Feb 19Devon County Council
Day 55 Apr 19Somerset County Council



Senior Leadership 360 degree evaluation

Module 1 - Introduction and Personal Leadership

  • The role of a leader and different leadership styles
  • Peer networking

Module 2 - Communication Skills

  • Impact and influence through your communication style
  • Different methods of communication 
  • Emotional intelligence, building rapport and trust

Module 3 - Strategic Decision Making in Different Governance Arrangements

  • Taking a strategic overview and making decisions
  • Different governance arrangements
  • The role that officers play in supporting your success
  • Alternative working arrangements

Module 4 - Chairing Skills

  • Complex aspects of chairing internal and external meetings
  • Protocols and procedures
  • Managing difficult public meetings to a successful conclusion
  • What makes a good chair and effective meeting management

Module 5 - Leadership Challenge

This final session will be developed to explore in greater depth an issue which the group feel is a current leadership challenge

There is also the optional opportunity for participants to undertake the Advanced Community Leadership Award at a discounted price of £299 + VAT by completing an assessed case study on a theme of your choice.


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training@swcouncils.gov.uk or call 01823 270101

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"A worthwhile day and you learn much from other colleagues and realise you are not alone!"

"Useful to meet with councillors from a wide range of authorities/different geographical areas with a range of experience"

"Well worth attending. Added greatly to the knowledge of what needs to be addressed in the carrying out of one's duties and responsibilities"

" A worthwhile programme to undertake"

Member organisations: £345 for the full programme

(All prices subject to VAT)


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