England & Wales, Scotland HR, workforce and communications, Personal and organisational development, Welfare and equalities

Equality and inclusive leadership in local government – stepping up

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Two online workshops relevant for senior managers and officers who want to develop their inclusive leadership practice and / or work in the area of equalities, as well as elected members who want to re-examine equality and diversity policies within their local authority and their leadership role within and outside the council.

Being inclusive leaders means making equality and diversity part of everyday work.

2022 requires a recommitment from leaders and managers to make a significant shift in stepping up to practice inclusive leadership. Inclusive leaders invest time and effort in learning purposefully, on becoming self-aware of their place in the system, and embrace the challenge of complex and contentious adaptive problems such as tackling discrimination, inequality and disadvantage created in and by the systems they lead. They also recognise that they have to work in collaboration with others to create and sustain change in organisations, systems and practices. This is about new ways of working with people in the organisation and in the community to energise and support leaders who want to lead with equality and inclusion as core to their leadership practice. This is about leveraging diversity to transform organisational systems and practices.

Workshop 1: Introduction to equality, diversity and inclusion 

Tuesday, 1 November 2022 (10:00-13:00)

In this introductory workshop we will:

  • engage members and officers in building a common understanding of the legislative backdrop to equalities – limitations and opportunities
  • explore how to create ambition beyond compliance through inclusive leadership
  • assess current approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion and see anti-discrimination work as adaptive leadership work
  • learn about the Thobani 6C equality and inclusive leadership model – defining the work of leadership at all levels
  • develop your leadership role to make a difference

Workshop 2: Equality and inclusive leadership 

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 (10:00-13:00)

In our second session we will:

  • reflect on the Thobani 6 C model & audit tool applied to your personal and organisational role
  • build your competencies and confidence in your equality and inclusive leadership practice
  • consider the challenges in doing this work and strategies to overcome them
  • review your skills and development needs to build your equality and inclusive leadership practice
Who should attend?

Both sessions will be relevant for senior managers and officers who want to develop their inclusive leadership practice and or work in the area of equalities, as well as elected members who want to re-examine equality and diversity policies within their local authority and their leadership role within and outside the council.

Speakers:

Munira Thobani

Munira has a Masters’ degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Warwick University (2005) following a twenty-year career in public services. She has worked in senior roles on leading and managing change in a number of London local authorities. Her expertise is in equalities, social care, governance, partnership and collaborative working, policy and strategy development, performance management and community engagement.  She worked with OPM 2006-2014 as a senior fellow in leadership and organisational development. Munira works as a leadership consultant and has created a new model and audit tool for Equality and Inclusive Leadership to support strategic and sustainable change. She works with organisations to engage senior leaders in doing their work on equality, diversity and inclusion in order to energise and support a shift in the culture, practice and systems they lead. Munira has facilitated workshops with boards, elected members and senior officers in local government and other sectors to build leadership capacity and capability. Munira is a qualified executive coach and workplace mediator.

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