13 years of executive leadership
Within the space of two years, half of all local government CEOs had left the sector. LGPro believed Directors were leaving at a similar rate. This was 2008, when the seeds of what would grow into the Executive Leadership Program (XLP) were planted.
This startling discovery led the organisation to undertake a comprehensive survey of 300 CEOs and Directors to:
- Quantify the demographic profile of current and potential CEOs
- Examine the career paths, options and plans of potential CEOs
- Explore CEO and potential CEO views on the skills, traits, knowledge and experience required to be a successful local government CEO
- Examine methods of ensuring potential CEOs have access to the necessary professional development to equip them to be successful local government CEOs.
This fed into the first XLP where LGPro sought to better prepare then-current and future local government leaders for their roles and reduce the professional churn.
The successful program continues to develop these leaders, but program too has not stopped developing. In 2021, program alumni and CEOs undertook an updated survey to identify the current priorities for senior leaders in the sector. Research like this alongside the Institute of Working Futures Human Capability Standards' recent work has fed into the program that will support the successful participants to lead a future ready workforce.
2023 is the 13th year of the XLP that has developed 289 successful graduates. Of these graduates:
- 13 of the 21 LGPro Board members that have served since 2011 have been graduates of the XLP
- The XLP has delivered 18 new CEOs to the sector, all Directors when undertaking the program
- 22 CEOs are XLP alumni.
The intensive 2023 program will prepare local government leaders for the challenges that will continue to confront Victorian communities in the years ahead, including health and economic crises.