Be­hind bars – to learn

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

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.

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

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

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