The role of Leader of the Council

The Leader of the Council has many duties including:

The responsibilities of the Leader of the Council transcend those of individual members of the Council - and the particular service responsibilities of other individual Conveners - and extend to corporate responsibility for the vision, policies, strategies and consequent decisions of the whole Council. From this flows the following particular aspects of the role of the Leader of the Council.

  • The Leader of the Council requires to ensure that the Council develops and maintains a vision for the whole of North Lanarkshire and exercises leadership in all decision making processes of or affecting North Lanarkshire Council to ensure that decisions are taken in light of and with a view to contributing to the attainment of that vision.

  • The Leader of the Council will normally act as the primary representative of and spokesperson for the Council and promote, both within and outwith the Council, the Council's vision for North Lanarkshire and the policies and programmes adopted by the Council in pursuance of that vision. In that respect he will endeavour to maintain a good working relationship with the Provost of the Council in relation to their respective roles.

  • The Leader of the Council co-ordinates the work of all Conveners within the Council to ensure the corporate effectiveness of the Council as a whole and, in particular, to ensure that the exercise of all of the powers of the Council and delivery of all of the services for which the Council is responsible best contributes to the corporate objectives of the Council.

  • The Leader of the Council has, also, particular responsibility with regard to the Council's role of community leadership within the whole of North Lanarkshire and, in doing so, it is the responsibility of the Leader of the Council to oversee effective relationships with partner organisations.

  • As Convener of the Policy and Resources Committee, the Leader of the Council has particular responsibility for working with the Chief Executive in issues associated with the organisation and management processes of the Council.

  • As part of and in support of the role of the Leader of the Council, it is anticipated that the Leader of the Council will take advantage of the right to secure advice from senior officers of the Council, most usually through the Chief Executive.

  • The Leader of the Council has a particular role in the promotion of an inclusive working environment involving all members of the Council and in developing and encouraging effective working relationships among councillors and officers.

  • The whole responsibilities of all members of North Lanarkshire Council to maintain the highest standards of conduct apply particularly to the Leader of the Council, it being acknowledged that the Leader of the Council is in a unique position, through his conduct, to provide an example to all other members of the Council and to enhance the reputation both within and outwith North Lanarkshire of North Lanarkshire Council.

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