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Leadership Course: Leading for Impact



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On Campus (Sydney)


1 day


8 hrs

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This leadership course is designed to help local government professionals develop an authentic and effective leadership approach that helps to generate meaningful impact for their council and communities.

About this course

Working in local government is all about delivering outcomes. Leading for impact in local government requires an understanding of how your individual leadership capability is best applied to generate these outcomes according to the needs and contexts of your council environment. Local government professionals who lead for impact have the courage to implement new ways of working and thinking. They are able to draw from a toolbox of leadership approaches that can navigate and address challenges and opportunities with the ultimate aim of creating impact for their councils and communities.

The relevance of understanding leadership theory is explored in this leadership course and you will have the opportunity to put your leadership thinking into practice by using tools that draw from systems thinking, ethical leadership, adaptive leadership and working collaboratively as applied to your own working environment.

The course teachings are based on evidence and rigour, drawing on cutting edge theory and practice relating to leadership development. The program encourages self-reflection in relation to your leadership development with the workshop closing with a self-reflection ‘check-out’ exercise.

Course structure

The following topics will be covered during this leadership course:

Part 1

  • The context for Leading with Impact in local government
  • Exploring the 3 C’s of leadership frameworks: Capacity – Capability – Competency.

Part 2

  • ‘Impact’: leadership and management perspectives
  • ‘Impact’: leadership influences and your authentic style
  • Leadership tools for impact: ethical, adaptive, collaborative approaches.

Part 3

  • Leading for Impact: your next steps.

Learning outcomes

As a result of this leadership course, you will: 

  • Learn from specialist leadership practitioners and thinkers who understand the realities of leading in local government
  • Develop awareness of individual leadership capability within the context of sector recognised capability frameworks
  • Understand leadership approaches that help develop impact for council and communities
  • Build confidence in applying tools and approaches back into the workplace
  • Increase your professional capability to lead for impact
  • Broaden understanding of different leadership styles and environments for impact.


Full price: $698 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Delivery style

The leadership course uses a blend of presentation, discussion, case in point teaching, consultation in pairs, group exercises and individual take-away tasks to put into practice learnings in the workplace. This training approach allows you to work through concepts introduced by the presenter in an application-focused teaching environment. You will challenge your understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in your individual workplace.

Leadership course series

This leadership course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public. The course is one of five leadership courses in our Leading in Local Government series. Select the combination of courses from the list below that will meet your learning needs.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Contact us

If you have a specific question on course content or requirements, please contact us.

Who is this course for?

This leadership course is designed for local government leaders, aspiring leaders or those new to a leadership role in local government. The course is designed to equip local government professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to drive positive change within the local government context.

Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.