Courses for Leadership Skills

Senior Leadership in Government: Creating Impact


This course is for Grade 7 equivalents and above, who manage 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, comprising of 3x2 day modules (delegates are welcome to attend individual 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 

  • 121 Coaching and feedback on personal approach
  • Practice sessions tailored to the wider analytical environment
  • 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, 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 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 within their profession, the wider government and analytical environment and how to create a positive impact on others with presence and confidence. 

  • The difference between managing and leading at a senior level within the government analytical service
  • Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Leadership
  • Defining your own authentic style as a leader within your profession
  • How to develop and demonstrate professional confidence and assertiveness as a senior leader when working with other analytical professions
  • Critical leadership behaviours and techniques to confidently represent your analysis
  • Creating an engaging and commanding presence as a leader

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

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 profession-specific scenarios and receive personalised feedback on their approach. 

  • Setting others up for success within your profession
  • Gaining commitment and harnessing motivation of others to perform at their potential
  • Delegating work to your team effectively
  • Managing difficult performance conversations
  • Delivering feedback to adjust behaviour and improve performance
  • Coaching skills
  • Understanding what makes a high performing analytical team and stages of team development
  • The challenge of managing mixed and diverse teams
  • Chairing meetings

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

 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 analytical community.  This includes developing an effective approach to communicating what you can 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. 

  • How to communicate the value of your profession in an engaging and accessible way
  • Identifying stakeholders within the internal environment and wider community
  • Prioritising stakeholders using the stakeholder engagement matrix
  • Adapting your style to engage senior customers who may be sceptical or hostile towards your analysis
  • Managing difficult relationships with senior customers
  • Building advocacy and maintaining trust in relationships
  • Bespoke practice session

How our virtual classrooms work

Our Virtual Classroom courses allows you to attend our classroom training without leaving your home or office. We use the ‘Microsoft Teams’ meeting software. Before you attend, please check that you meet the system requirements. If it doesn’t work, try adjusting your settings or contact your IT department to ask about permitting the website.

You are also welcome to use your personal laptop, tablet or even your smart phone. Please just forward our course invite to your personal email, or just copy and paste the link into your browser.

If you encounter any problems, please feel free to get in touch. We can set up a test meeting before the course.

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