Why Solace is offering a badge at Digital Leaders Week 2021

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Written by Alison McKenzie-Folan, CEO, Wigan Council

Over the past 15 months, we have seen a drastic reshaping of the way councils interact digitally with themselves and the communities they serve. Whether accelerating new methods of service delivery, opening up more inclusive ways to communicate with citizens, or presenting new cyber threats that must be addressed, it is now up to us as leaders to guide our organisations through these opportunities and risks as we look ahead from our immediate recovery from Covid-19 to the longer term.

Against this backdrop, Solace is more committed than ever to improving digital leadership skills across our sector. The professional development we offer to aspiring and current leaders in local government includes, for example the Total Leadership programme, which broadens your knowledge, challenges your ways of thinking, and futureproofs your leadership approach to give motivated senior leaders the transformational skills needed to step into chief executive-level roles. Or for more experienced leaders – the Ignite programme, which enables serving chief executives to further develop your understanding of your roles in an increasingly complex environment, and build stronger relationships with peers that can support deeper collaboration across local government. Such offerings sit alongside a diverse array of bespoke coaching, support, and networks, for rising stars to established professionals alike.

We are therefore delighted to be partnering with Digital Leadership Week to create a Solace Badge for digital leadership in local government. We have selected ten talks that must be booked onto in order to win this badge, which cover some of the most essential skills that will equip you for your journey to being an effective digital leader in local government – including the ability to decisively manage digital upheavals in service delivery, leading your organisation confidently in the ‘new normal’, and ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all in your community – themes which have only grown in importance throughout the turbulent digital environments brought on by the pandemic.

So please take a look at the ten talks we have recommended to you and I hope you take part and we can award you the Solace Badge for Leadership during DLWeek 2021

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