Strategic Leadership in Modern Local Government Programme

Developing Senior Managers into Strategic Leaders

The 41st cohort of this highly successful ILM recognised programme starts on the 6th November 2024 and bursaries of up to 15% are still available.  Please select the following to download – Programme Brochure and Programme Application Form.

What the Programme Offers

This highly successful ILM Recognised programme, introduced in 2007 in partnership with Chief Executives and the Local Government Association, develops practical strategic leadership skills immediately transferable to work.

Participants will be equipped to challenge future service provision and lead and deliver successful change using “hard skills” of commercial and strategic decision making and “soft skills” of influencing, persuading, inspiring high performance and building agile cross functional collaborative teams, as well as gaining practical tools and techniques for leading strategic and tactical change.

Why this Programme?

A proven programme that has demonstrated excellent payback. Over 500 local government senior managers have attended this programme in the last 15 years, delivered by the same experienced consultants with constantly updated content. Delivered in partnership with theLGA for 8 years.

15% to 10% bursaries available – apply early

What are the Benefits?

Gain knowledge, skills and confidence to achieve your next role with ILM certification and membership.

Share wide range of ideas and best practice with delegates from authorities of all shapes and sizes across the UK

On par with leading MBA programmes, delivered by highly experienced KBA consultants

Access our online Change Leadership methodology and tools.

Online personal development planning and a 360 degree tool.

Develop practical strategic leadership skills immediately transferable to work.

Use tools and approaches for innovating and generating efficiency gains.

Time commitment to the programme suits busy senior managers.

Learn from Chief Executives from authorities across the UK.

Quality time for yourself to think and maximise the investment in the programme

Who should attend?

The programme is aimed at high performing senior managers who aspire to be Strategic Leaders. Typically assistant directors, heads of service and aspiring heads of service who want to develop their strategic leadership capacity. Most importantly delegates must be motivated and opened minded to develop and learn new skills and techniques

Structure of Programme

The programme, recognised by the ILM at level 7 equivalent, consists of the following modules in 9 days, plus 6 self managed knowledge share action learning sessions across 9 months.

  • Launch
  • Strategic & Commercial Thinking and Follow-Up
  • Leading Strategic Change
  • Strategy to Implementation
  • Powerful Personal Leadership
  • Leading High-Performance Teams
  • Making an Impact

What are the Outcomes?

On completion participants will be ready to:

  • Apply strategic thinking skills and tools to improve the quality of decision making
  • Apply commercial thinking – using tools and skills to understand competitive forces and customer analysis
  • Lead strategic change by creating a vision and an appropriate change strategy using agile approaches
  • Lead implementation by translating strategy into change projects and programmes
  • Increase self knowledge and leadership influence to build trusting relationships
  • Build high performing agile internal and multi agency collaborative teams
  • Make a positive impact by communicating with influence
  • Be better equipped to make the case for ongoing investment in and recognition of your services.

Learning Techniques

Blended learning including teaching of world class principles and concepts; group exercises using tools to apply learning to work. Use of MBTI® to increase self awareness and our innovative Headspace® and Real Time Learning® techniques to discover breakthrough insights. Knowledge Share groups will be established and provided with a clear structure to maximise the sessions.

What Delegates Say About the Programme

Head Community Services

The skills I developed from ...the course have been invaluable to my approach in the transformation of services at this difficult time

Strategic Senior Manager

It’s so refreshing to have “course leaders” who are genuinely enthusiastic and interested in the content and our contributions. The way you do that and deliver the content with passion creates such a different dynamic and makes you feel like peers too.

Head of Accounting

All the tools covered were useful and I will be able to use them at work.

Director Social Care

I have done an MBA, but this is so much more practical and relevant.

Deputy Chief Executive

It was invaluable in preparing me for the interview process for Deputy Chief Exec

Assistant Director Public Health

It has enabled me to grow and develop as a leader, giving me the skills and knowledge to move away from managing to leading

Head Planning Services

Being on this course has already helped me re-evaluate my projects to make savings

Fees and Bursary

Bursaries are available to cover 15% to 10% of the fees for appropriate candidates – early bookings will be given priority. The delegate fee, that includes all materials, tools, certification and day delegate venue costs is £5,865 (ex.VAT) plus a £110 ILM fee. With a 15% bursary is £4985.25 ex. VAT and plus a £110 ILM fee.