Self-reflection tool

Reflect on your political leadership skills 

Be the best prepared candidate by knowing your  leadership strengths and blind-spots as a councillor
Political skills quiz for candidates - Locale Learning

How do you score?

Congratulations on considering to run for local government in 2024! We understand that taking this leap is a significant personal decision, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

What is it?

A political leadership skills reflection tool that covers the six main skill sets and behaviours of a successful councillor. 

Who is this for?

Community members who want to nominate for their local council election this year, and those thinking about it. 

Why sign up?

Discover your leadership strengths and your leadership blind-spots - self-awareness is key to being a successful leader.

Overview of the tool

Take 30 minutes now to gain the valuable insight you need to be a successful candidate and councillor.
Being a local councillor requires universal and specific leadership skills. The self-reflection tool covers the positive and negative behaviours related to the six skill areas and will give you a solid gauge of where you are and where you can grow.

Skill set 1 - Local leadership

This refers to the need for councillors to engage with members of the community to learn about local issues and deliver a strategic vision for the future.

Skill set 2 - Working collaboratively

This is about building good relationships with others including fellow councillors, staff, community groups and other stakeholders in order to deliver long-term community outcomes.

Skill set 3 - Communication skills

This reflects the need for excellent communication skills across many different settings and mediums with a range of different audiences and groups.

Skill set 4 - Political understanding

This recognises the political nature of the role and that councillors need to live their values, encourage participation in decision making and work across group dynamics whilst staying in their integrity.

Skill set 5 - Accountability & challenge

This reflects that the role of a councillor is to think critically, analyse information quickly and present arguments that are concise, meaningful and easily understood.

Skill set 6 - Regulating & governing

This area relates to council’s regulatory role and the requirements to understand the legislative and policy framework and to oversee the performance of council and themselves.

By the end of the reflection process, you will:

  • Know the six skills areas of political leadership in a local government context
  • Have deeper insight into your current leadership behaviours and how they compare to what is expected
  • Understand how your current leadership may or may not translate to being a councillor
  • Be clear on your political leadership strengths
  • Be clear on your political leadership blind-spots
  • Have become better at the number one leadership skill - self-awareness - just by completing this self-reflection exercise
  • Create an action plan of how to turn blind-spots into strengths

Let me begin!

Your guide

Your guide is Emma Broomfield - our Founder & lead facilitator.  Emma is a qualified mediator, lawyer and conflict coach with 20 years experience in the local government industry. Her passion is helping communities work better together. She strongly believes in the power of local leaders to transform local communities. As an experienced Code of Conduct reviewer and trainer, Emma brings unique insights into the challenges local councillors face. 

Emma is regularly engaged by local councils across New South Wales to provide candidate information sessions, induction support and professional development for councillors.

What people say about Emma:

"Very professional and astute."
"Informative, knowledgeable, presented well"
"Very engaging – thorough but not overwhelming"

Frequently asked questions

Here are some common questions we get asked about this self-reflection exercise.

Who should complete it?

This self-reflection tool is for community members thinking about running in the upcoming local government elections in Australia. 

Is it free?

Yes - its absolutely free. We will store your email address securely and include you in our future email updates.

Is it for any level of politics? 

This tool has been adapted by us for local government in Australia. It is based on the Political Skills Framework, a councillor’s toolkit by the UK Local Government Association. 

How does the process work?

The process is self-led, with a series of questions under each skill set. The questions relate to both the positive and negative behaviours associated with the skills. For each question you will select a rating that best represents your current leadership. At the end, you will be able to download your answers for reference.

Does it cover everything I need to know about being a councillor?

No. This tool will promote self-reflection on six identified key areas of leadership specifically for local government. It does not cover all aspects of the role of being a councillor and you should always check the specific requirements for your jurisdiction. 

Can I connect with Emma?

You can connect with Emma on Linkedin.

Training for politicians with a difference

We are changing the game in training and support for our elected leaders. Humans first is our motto. Support for the whole leader is our ethos. From ethics, governance, mindset, wellbeing and technical know-how about the local government system, we teach the big and little skills councillors need to effectively lead and govern. The outcome? More impactful leaders for the communities they serve.

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