University of Technology Sydney

15618 Contemporary Local Government Leadership

6cp; Autumn Session; availability: core subject in the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership (C11215); offered as an elective in the Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management (C06033) and the Master of Local Government (C04257); can also be taken as a short course
Requisite(s): 15604 Local Government Principles and Practice OR 49460 Local Government Management Principles and Practice 1 OR 15608 Organising and Managing in Local Government OR 49277 Corporate Planning and Management
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject is one of three core subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Leadership (C11215). It is also an elective in the Graduate Diploma of Local Government Management (C06033) and the Master of Local Government (C04257).

The subject introduces students to a range of public management leadership perspectives and paradigms relevant to local government to help develop critical thinking, contextual knowledge and leadership acumen. The content has been designed to be practitioner focused and is underpinned by historical and contemporary leadership theory and stimulus. Drawing from recent literature, thought leadership opinion pieces, sector frameworks and existing case studies, the subject introduces a range of stimulus for professionals working in local government contexts to review perspectives and experiences of public sector leadership and apply this to their own context.

The subject adopts a multifaceted approach recognising that contemporary local government leadership can be interpreted and enacted in many different ways. Through lectures, workshops, readings, guest presenters from the sector and discussion with peers, the subject explores the case for building leadership capability across local government given the unique challenges, pressures and influences of working in the sector. Topic areas are examined through the specific lens of leadership and include working politically; contextual influences; indigenous wisdom; change and reform; 'public value' creation; ethics and the public interest; workforce equity and diversity; place and communities; working adaptively; systems thinking; intergovernmental relationships; and innovation.

Typical availability

Autumn Session

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