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Short course

Leading in Local Government Masterclass

University of Technology Sydney: 
Course Commencement Date
14 Aug 2019

Build your confidence and increase your ability to understand behaviour and actions, inspire and motivate others, navigate change and conflict, foster innovation and communicate effectively in our ‘Leading in Local Government’ masterclass at the UTS Institute of Public Policy and Governance.

Succeeding in today’s local government means being able to adapt to changes in environments, legislation, communities and work culture. This requires strong leadership acumen that combines developing your personal leadership ability alongside your professional skills and knowledge. 

This five-day professional development course will develop the core of your leadership capacity and give you the confidence and tools to inhabit effective leadership roles and achieve better results for your council and community.

Duration: 5 days
Course dates: 14-16 August (Block 1) and 12-13 September 2019 (Block 2)
Venue: UTS City Campus, Sydney

Course content

The course encourages aspiring and current leaders to extend their thinking and practice in the five domains of: Leading Self, Leading Others, Leading Organisations, Leading Change, and Leading Futures.

The course combines conceptual frames of reference from leadership studies with scenarios and case studies from within local government contexts to encourage students to evaluate the qualities required to lead effectively in this sector.

Who should attend?

Suited to professionals who:

  • hold (or are about to take up) a supervisory or management position;
  • aspire to a more senior and/or broader leadership role;
  • want to develop personal leadership effectiveness;
  • seek career progression

Course presenters

Sophi Bruce With over 20 years’ experience working in and with the public sector, Sophi specialises in approaches to leadership development, change and transition, and social impact projects.  She understands the complexities of leading in local government and draws on a range of coaching and facilitation techniques that help people to reach their leadership potential. With UTS since 2011, Sophi has responsibility for the suite of leadership programs offered by the Centre for Local Government, based at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance.

Associate Professor Bligh Grant teaches a range of topics including strategic management theory and leadership, political studies, public policy, comparative politics, sociology, regional studies, gender studies and applied ethics. He has published extensively in leading national and international journals and is notable for his research on local government issues.

Study at Australia’s top young university

Our practice-focused courses are run by the UTS Centre for Local Government, based at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, the only university unit in Australia, and one of a few worldwide, that designs and presents courses that are tailor-made to the needs of local government.

Learn more about the course and enrol here.

Or drop us a line at or +61 2 9514 7884.


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