East Fremantle deputy mayor gets new perspective on leadership course


East Fremantle deputy mayor Michael McPhail found himself behind bars recently.
East Fremantle deputy mayor Michael McPhail found himself behind bars recently.

WHILE some might believe politicians are criminals, one local councillor actually found himself behind bars recently, but not because he did anything wrong.

East Fremantle deputy mayor Michael McPhail was locked up in the Pilbara’s Roebourne Regional Prison alongside more than 30 others as part of Leadership WA’s Signature Leadership Program.

Councillor McPhail said the not-for-profit organisation’s leadership program had been one of the best he had done.

“This is the most relevant training to be a counsellor, particularly on the pragmatic issues leaders are facing every day,” he said.

“I particularly like that the Signature program is incredibly real; it’s not just theoretical.

“We get exposed to the minds of leaders facing the same issues with different background.”

It was not all penal punishment, with the group also taken on a tour of other landmarks in the region including the Burrup cultural site, Pilbara ports and historical ghost-town Cossack.

Visit www.leadershipwa.org.au for more information or to apply for the 2018 program.

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