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Political Skills for Managers - Developing Political Astuteness

Developing and enhancing awareness of the political environment

The workshop offers an opportunity to explore the nature of current relationships, ways of working and the dynamics of political culture within the council.

It assists delegates to develop an understanding of the larger political context in which they work in, develop an understanding of political behaviour and the impact on the role of the manager. The workshop allows delegates to develop skills in working with elected members.

The workshop also utilises political models to examine issues of political sensitivity and how to read the political environment you are working in, to support the Manager to be more politically astute.

The workshop will use a range of innovative / creative delivery methods including presentation, small group discussion, plenary feedback, case study and questionnaire.


  • To develop and enhance Managers awareness of the political environment and working / engaging within the big P small p environment
  • To further enhance awareness of the different levels of the decision-making process in the context of Executive / Overview & Scrutiny
  • To enhance the Managers awareness of political concepts and Models of Competence and Integrity in politically sensitive situations
  • To analyse and develop Best Practice approaches to Member – Officer working.
  • To develop a Managers approach to exerting influence using an influencing skills framework.
  • To provide participants / delegates with the opportunity to discuss their own experiences in a secure environment and explore further development options.


Mark Palmer, Development Director, SEE

About us

SEE is a Regional Employers' Organisation. We offer advice to local authorities across the south east, in addition to a range of training, development and consultancy opportunities tailored to your needs.


Sample Programme

Content for the Political Skills course will be tailored to meet your specific needs but can cover -

1. Facilitated Group Discussion

  • The World of Members and the Political decision making process
  • Role of Members and Member/Officer relations

2. Political behaviour and the role of the manager

  • Member Officer Working
  • Models of Political astuteness - analysing skills and competencies involved for working in a political environment
  • Power and influence. Use of power and how it can be used effectively

3. Developing and applying Political Skills Awareness and developing an influencing strategy

  • Case Study based on a topical issue

4. Review and Discussion of key outputs and issues

5. Moving forward ideas and shared learning


For further information, please email or call 01962 840664.

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