Courses for Analytical Leadership & Management

Senior Leaders in the Government Analytical Service: Creating Analytical Impact


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This course is for Grade 7 equivalents and above, who head mixed analytical units/team, or who aspire to do so.  The aim of this course is to equip participants with many of the key skills needed to perform effectively at senior level in the government analytical service, the wider SCS and in roles outside of government.  It is a highly engaging and intensive programme spread over 3 months, comprising of 3x2 day modules, each focusing on a different aspect of the analytical leadership required to attain high performance at this level in Government.  Each participant will receive personalised feedback on their impact and approach and coaching.

Key Features

  • Guest speakers
  • 121 Coaching and feedback on personal approach
  • Practice sessions tailored towards Government and wider analytical environment
  • Project and practice work between modules to embed learning
  • Practice of critical interactions you find yourself in at this level with feedback and support
  • Networking with colleagues

Course syllabus

The syllabus consists of the following three modules:

Module 1: Authentic senior leadership within the government analytical service
Module 2: Managing staff and contractors and teams
Module 3: Leading effective relationships with the wider stakeholder environment

Module 1: Authentic senior leadership within the government analytical service

This 2-day launch module establishes expectations for the programme and provides a space for participants to explore their own authentic leadership approach within the analytical environment.  By increasing self-awareness, the module explores the themes of confidence, authenticity and assertiveness as a leader, in terms of how we view ourselves and the impact we can have as we try to engage others.  Participants will be given the space and guidance to think about what they do to encourage engaged followership in their teams, the wider government and analytical environment and how to create a positive impact on others with presence and confidence.

Module 2: Managing staff, contractors and teams (2 days)

Module 2 sees the group return for a further 2-day workshop building on the themes explored in Module 1.  The focus of Module 2 is developing skills and approaches to get the best out of those you manage, be they staff, contractors or mixed teams.  The module covers how to set those you manage up for success, flexing your style and delegating to others effectively.  The workshop also explores how to effectively approach others when you need to see an increase in performance or change in behaviour.  The module gives participants a chance to practice critical skills with live scenarios and receive personalised feedback on their approach.

3. Leading effective relationships within the wider stakeholder environment (2 days)

The programme concludes with Module 3, the final 2-day instalment of the programme.  The focus for this final module is on managing the wider stakeholder network participants will typically encounter whilst operating at a senior level in the government analytical service and wider research community.  This includes developing an effective approach to communicating the analytical offer to senior customers including ministers and also how you overcome barriers to engagement.  The module focuses on analysing and engaging the full stakeholder network including internal customers, analytical colleagues within the senior network, key academics, other research organisations and interest groups.  Key themes such as influencing and how to be seen as a trusted advisor will increase participants’ awareness of how they can practically deepen the relationships they have and actions they can take to proactively develop their professional reputations further.  The final module concludes with an opportunity to craft and practice a fully bespoke interaction and receive feedback on tier approach.

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