LGC view: Future leaders
Local government is changing at a faster rate than ever. It is making significant budget cuts while being expected to maintain and even improve services.
It can succeed only by working in partnership with staff (at a time when morale is at risk of falling) and with external partners (just as budget constraints and policy uncertainty encourages silo thinking). It must re-think the way that services are delivered to better meet citizens’ changing needs.
Local government must find a way to continue to invest in, nurture, encourage and celebrate its up-and-coming talent
This systematic change will require a new breed of leaders - the very brightest individuals capable of achieving the seemingly impossible. They will require different skills from yesterday’s senior people - but will need to take heed of their experience and wisdom.
In this tough environment, local government must find a way to continue to invest in, nurture, encourage and celebrate its up-and-coming talent. The LGC Future Leaders Network, part of our year-long leadership programme with BT, is designed to put this issue on the map.
In a world where connections are vital, the scheme will network local government’s rising stars, helping them to carve out the relationships they need for the future. But it will also bring them together with today’s luminaries to share their ideas - creating a powerful force for change.
I urge readers to show their support and get involved. I look forward to meeting the Future Leaders and reporting their progress.