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NACO AGM 2012 Making Civic Mayors More Effective Leaders and Localists Pascoe Sawyers and Welna Bowden – LGA Leadership and Localism Team.

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1 NACO AGM 2012 Making Civic Mayors More Effective Leaders and Localists Pascoe Sawyers and Welna Bowden – LGA Leadership and Localism Team

2 Who are we? The Local Government Association (LGA) is an organisation that is run by its members. Leadership and Localism Team: Leadership training programmes Induction support Training and development resources Research

3 Leadership and Localism Quiz Win a place for your Mayor on the Leadership Academy Getting Your Message Across Master Class Covers: Training, meals, and overnight accommodation Programme: public speaking, working with the media, social media, personal communication strategy and presentation skills, delivered by RADA Where: Warwick University Conference Centre When: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 March 2012

4 Leadership and Localism – key skills What do you think are the key skills needed to be an effective civic mayor?

5 Key skills of a civic mayor Leadership Chairing Organisational skills Team working and relationship building Communication Knowledge

6 The Localism Act Royal Assent on 15 November 2011 Puts the flesh and bones on the big ideas of the ‘Big Society’ - ‘empowering communities’ - ‘opening up public services’ - ‘promoting social action’

7 The Localism Act – Headline areas of impact Power of General Competence Community Right to Challenge Assets of Community Value Council / social housing tenancies & rents Community planning Abolition of Standards Board Elected Mayors

8 The Localism Act – some implications and possibilities for civic mayors Engaging with local people about new ‘community rights’ General Power of Competence – identifying community needs this may be able to address Impact of directly elected mayors

9 Directly elected mayors Can provide democratically accountable strong leadership Identifiable as leader of the city Unique mandate to govern Will help strengthen the governance of the city – 4 year term of office But, don’t underestimate popularity of civic mayors

10 Implications for the Civic Office – A few examples Watford – changed name of civic mayor to Chairman of the Council Doncaster – led by an elected Mayor (political leader). Civic mayor holds ceremonial role Leicester – kept position of Lord Mayor and not changed title or the role Key thing will be to clarify how the two kind of ‘mayors’ can work together

11 Hackney Council The Speaker As Hackney Council has a directly elected Mayor with executive powers, the role of Speaker fulfils many of the ceremonial and public duties traditionally associated with the Mayor. The Speaker of Hackney Council is a serving councillor elected to the office for one year by fellow council members at their Annual Meeting. The job of the Speaker is to chair meetings of the full Council and, as the Borough's Civic Representative, to attend numerous events throughout the year and welcome visitors to the Borough. In addition, the Speaker presides over citizenship ceremonies at the Town Hall. The current speaker is Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas.

12 Focus of the Mayor’s Role Leading the community Acting as First Citizen Presiding over civic functions Attending a range of functions Helping to raise funds Observing civic protocols Supporting corporate objectives Joining the Chain Gang: Preparing for the role of Civic Mayor – LGA Councillor Handbook

13 The Political Roles are changing… ManagementLeadership OrganiserInspirer Present focusedFuture focused Giving answersAsking questions FixerDiplomat NetworkerConvenor ReactorAdvocator Expert guideEnabler

14 Some ‘new’ local leadership roles Talent spotter Champion of the ‘backbencher’ society Promoting local democracy Social media Let’s hear some of your examples of new roles and innovative approaches

15 The role of civic offices “There are too many authorities where a hard pressed mayor’s secretary will spend several weeks in advance organising a charity tiddlywinks match, which the Mayor heralds as a great success if it raises £200.” Philip O’Brien, Deputy Chair, NACO

16 ‘We only serve a year, we spend six months learning the job, we then spend six months possible trying to innovate, and then we hand it on to another ingénue who doesn’t know what he is doing either and he spends six months learning the job.’ Former mayor Your leadership and localism top ten tips

17 What would be your top ten tips for an incoming mayor? Better leaders and localists?

18 Be Fearless © “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism” - Norman Vincent Peale, author

19 “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. - Charlotte Bronte, author Be Optimistic ©

20 “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination” - Oscar Wilde, dramatist, novelist and poet Be Creative ©

21 Be Unique © “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” - Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel), author

22 Be a Storyteller “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” Maya Angelou, - poet and civil rights activist ©

23 Be FOCUSed “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” - Aristotle, philosopher F Fearless O Optimistic C Creative U Unique S Storyteller Effective political leaders are…

24 Leadership and Localism Quiz Win a place for your Mayor on the Leadership Academy Getting Your Message Across Master Class AND THE WINNER IS……

25 RESOURCES AVAILABLE Political Skills Framework - Councillor mentoring programme - Political mentoring toolkit Toolkit-V1.pdf - Localism Act Plain English Guide Member Development Community of Practice Councillor workbooks -

26 Thank you for listening and taking part Any Questions? Pascoe Sawyers – Welna Bowden –


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