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Leading in local government

Learn to manage effectively in the unique Local Government space. Learn to manage diverse staff and navigate changing political, environmental and economic landscapes with UTS expertise.

About this course

Are your professional capabilities tailored to local government? Councils provide a unique arena for leaders. You deliver for your community, manage diverse staff, negotiate the needs of different stakeholders, and are guided by organisational, governmental and community visions. You need to continually adapt to changes in environments, legislation, communities and work culture. Get a step ahead by polishing your leadership skills in UTS’s interactive five-day course.

Course structure 

Tap into the Institute for Public Policy and Governance’s expertise to build your confidence and effectiveness as a local government leader. In this five-day course you will increase your professional skills and ability to understand behaviours and actions, inspire and motivate others, navigate change and conflict, foster innovation and communicate effectively.

You require a broad professional skill set to succeed as a manager in today’s local government. You also need to be adaptable to multiple changes in environments, legislation, communities and work culture. 

Keen to cultivate your core leadership capabilities? This course builds your ability to understand behaviours and actions, inspire and motivate others, navigate change and conflict, and communicate effectively. Be supported to better engage staff, negotiate with stakeholders and navigate change in ways that work in Council.

Explore leadership practice concepts of:

  • Values and strengths for accountability and results
  • Professional and interpersonal agility
  • Leading and motivating others in a local government setting
  • Strategic and innovative thinking
  • Handling change and transition
  • Building strong culture and engagement
  • Understanding diversity, equity and inclusivity
  • Preparing for futures of work and new environments.


Learning outcomes 

At the end of the course, you will be able to;

  • Build enhanced capabilities from the leadership domains of self, others, organisations, change and futures
  • Evaluate capabilities needed to lead in local government and apply to your own councils and contexts
  • Demonstrate leadership practices including high level communication and relationship skills
  • Initiate a strategy for personal leadership effectiveness within your current role.


COVID-19 Information

UTS is undertaking a number of social distancing initiatives, as informed by NSW Health advice, to help reduce social interactions in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of this response, some of our short courses may be postponed to a later date.

Please note however, bookings are open for all courses offered by the Institute for Public Policy and Governance (IPPG). If a course needs to be postponed, participants will have the chance to transfer to a later date, a new course or request a full refund. IPPG will also be offering a range of online or blended learning options facilitated via zoom video conferencing. If you have any questions in the interim, please do not hesitate to contact our team at

Who is this course for?

Public sector professionals who want to develop personal and professional leadership capabilities in management positions.



12 August




5 days

Meet the Expert

Sophi Bruce

Sophi Bruce
Senior Specialist Leadership Programs, IPPG

Leadership Program Specialist: Sophi Bruce specialises in approaches to leadership, transition and social impact projects using a portfolio of techniques for reflective learning, collaborative working and thinking differently. From the design and delivery of bespoke learning programs to ongoing project delivery, Sophi’s focus on positive tangible outcomes is supported by professional aptitude and a passion for facilitating personal, organisational and social progress. At IPPG, Sophi has strategic responsibility for a suite of programs and subjects at University Technology Sydney committed to building leadership capacity across the local government sector on a national level. With extensive facilitation and project management experience, Sophi manages a range of consultancy projects for clients of the Institute in areas such as leadership, organisational change, community and place, collaboration, evaluation and capacity building. Sophi is an authorized assessor of the Leadership Development Framework and has an executive certificate in Positive Psychology coaching.  She has curated for the International Association for Public Participation and contributes to Adaptive Leadership Australia’s leadership programs and The School of Life classes.

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Wed 12 Aug 2020 -
Fri 18 Sep 2020
Expert: Sophi Bruce
  • 12-14 August and 17-18 September 2020, 9am-5pm | UTS City Campus
  • On-campus
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