Good leadership by local authorities has three core dimensions: developing a vision, managing services and communicating with internal and external stakeholders. Especially with limited human and financial resources it is crucial to have a clear strategy for development and to manage the organisation effectively. In order to accomplish your ambitions, you also need the cooperation and participation of all actors involved, outside and inside the city hall. You need competent and motivated civil servants whom you can trust and who trust you. Clear structures for communication and information, finances and accountability will help you with this.

This Leadership and Municipal Management course answers questions like: How do you develop a vision for your municipality and make it reality? How can you involve different stakeholders? And how can you manage your administration effectively? Topics that will be addressed  are the development of organisational and human resources and the use of financial management systems, planning arrangements, evaluation tools and performance based management. During interactive sessions you will learn about the Leadership Benchmark as a comprehensive tool for improving leadership in local government.  

Learning objectives

This course will help you:

  • develop and implement a clear and inspiring vision for your organisation and community;
  • mobilise relevant stakeholders, including national and regional governments, international organisations and local NGOs and citizens;
  • provide leadership for your civil servants;
  • enhance good governance aspects such as transparancy, accountability and integrity; 
  • improve management structures in your organisation in the field of finances, information and communication, human resources and accountability.

Practical information

The course fee is € 2.890,-. This includes all training-related costs, as well as drinks, lunches, training materials and travel during the training programme. Travel to and from The Hague and accommodation is not included. The course language is English.

If you would like to receive more information or in case you have any questions, you can contact us at  or +31(70) 37 38 695.

Application procedure

Deadline for application is 11 March, 2013. Click here for more information about the application procedure and the online application form. 

Apply for a Nuffic NFP fellowship

The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers the opportunity to apply for a fellowship for this training course, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses. To see if you are eligible for a fellowship and to learn more about the rules and regulations regarding the fellowship, please see The deadline to apply for a NFP fellowship for this course has passed already.