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Chairman Leadership Skills Training

The 4 module Leadership and Chairing Skills course is an important course for anyone taking on a key role within the council, including as Chair or Vice-Chair of the council, a committee or a working group. All councillors are likely to have to chair or lead council meetings or other sessions at some point and this course will equip any councillor to have the confidence to take up these roles successfully.

Leadership & Chairing Skills is a highly recommended course intended to help councillors acquire or further develop all the skills needed to successfully chair and lead parish or town council meetings. The course builds confidence and helps develop and enhance essential skills in order to perform this role.

The course also explores common issues that can affect the smooth running of a meeting and how to overcome unexpected or difficult situations, not least handling relationship problems between councillors or with the public and handling media interest.

Additionally, the course explores the use of standing orders to achieve efficient and timely meetings, different mechanisms to control meetings and employee management. The wider responsibilities of being the Chair or the council are also considered.

Key subjects include:

  • The leadership role of the Chair
  • The legal powers and duties of the Chair
  • Public participation
  • Public relations – civic duties and engagement
  • Managing council meetings – meeting preparation and procedures
  • Chairing styles
  • Visionary leadership
  • Facilitation skills
  • Maximising use of the skills of councillors
  • Conflict management
  • Handling contentious issues
  • Ethical standards
  • Being a good employer

Course Fees

£100 +VAT per delegate for courses held mid week

This course is offered as a two day course including lunch or 4 evening sessions

Training dates

Monday 10, 17, 24 & 31 July 2017 7pm - 9pm

Tuesday 12 & 19 September 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm

Wednesday 1, 8, 15 & 22 November 2017 7pm - 9pm

Thursday 15 & 22 February 2018 9.30am - 3.30pm