“Learning the political aspects of the role was critical. It is important to claim the agenda and know what your own agenda is. Whilst leadership is important, advocacy is also a very important role – it’s vital to bring people along with you in making decisions.”
All councils are not created equal; each has its own culture and ways of doing business. If you think your council has a less than ideal political or organisational culture, stick to your values and be clear about your goals. Work on developing a trusted network and carefully plan your strategies to bring about positive change.