Leadership survey 2011. A survey of 103 council chiefs and directors C onducted by LGC in Sept 2011 P art of the LGC/BT Leadership Partnership. Why is it important than councils are well led?. 75% 70% 43% 32% 27% 11%.
A survey of 103 council chiefs and directors
Conducted by LGC in Sept 2011
Part of the LGC/BT Leadership Partnership
Delivering services/outcomes with/through partners means direction and strategy must be clearer than ever
Falling income means we can’t do everything so difficult decisions will need to be taken
The council will need to lead the community to change their behaviour
Changing demographics mean demand is increasing
Expectations are rising
Falling morale among staff
Reluctance to prioritise/stop doing things
Unhelpful comments by ministers/MPs about local government
Resistance/insufficient engagement from other local public bodies/agencies
The reputation/perceptions of local government among residents
Failure of government departments to pool funding
Failure of government departments to devolve
Lack of capacity in local community/voluntary sector
Embedded resistance to change within the council
Chief executives are hostages to a raft of often conflicting goals and ambitions and need real toughness and resilience in dealing with these.
The importance of 'speaking truth unto power' has never been more important whatever the political or career risks. I have no intention of being Chief Executive of Cloud Cuckoo Land!
As public services are delivered by an event greater number of agencies the need for leaders to be able to create and nurture relationships with others has never been greater
Members need to define the type of CX an organisation requires. Internal managing type CX or external facing figurehead type of CX. I believe this is should be a conscious decision. Each have benefits/drawbacks.
The advent of single party politics and professional Councillors has to be matched by the development of new ways of doing things, otherwise this generation will oversee the end of large scale participation in local democracy.
It is right in terms of accountability and legitimacy for politicians, not officers, to lead and be seen to be leading. However many politicians seem to find it easier to spend time on operational issues than to address the big strategy or policy considerations