System Leadership Behaviours Framework
Our System Leadership Behaviours Framework was developed following a significant system wide piece of research. The research was undertaken and tested with a wide range of cross sector colleagues, resulting in a deeper understanding of the kinds of behaviours needed to enable effective system leadership across the public sector.
The approach enabled the exploration of what this different kind of leadership might look like, acknowledging the scale, diversity and complexity of the system and the importance of collaboration and co-creation.
Which behaviours were identified?
The research identified four overarching themes, each underpinned by a series of supporting behaviours in a System Leadership Behaviours Framework.
The behaviours within the framework are brought to life by a set of indicators demonstrating the kinds of behaviours that enable, and obstruct, effective system leadership.
The positive and negative indicators are designed to provoke insights around the leadership behaviours required to lead and work effectively across the public-sector system landscape. The indicators can support a user to explore where they perceive their key strengths and development areas to be. This can be utilised as preparation for appraisals, coaching or other developmental conversations.
The System Leadership Behaviour Cards have been designed as a practical development tool. The set of 13 double sided cards are colour coded by theme; each card describes one of the behaviours and includes three question prompts on the reverse.
The aim is to consider from an individual, organisational and system perspective, how the key themes and behaviours ‘play-out’. The questions support conversation and prompt self-reflection in the context of system-level working.
Watch the video below to learn more about how you can use the conversation cards.
The cards can be used in a variety of ways including:
- self-reflection and assessment
- as part of development conversations
- in coaching and mentoring conversations
- as part of Leadership development activity
- to inform programme design and more
- board and governing body development
- meetings/network events when exploring system working and system thinking
System colleagues have been finding innovative ways to utilise the cards in their teams and sharing their feedback.
System Leadership Behaviours Self-Assessment
The System Leadership Behaviours Self-Assessment has been designed as a multi-functional development tool to support all leaders working across a system or place-based environment with self-reflection and assessment.
It takes just 35 minutes to complete and will support individuals to identify their strengths, areas for development and personal readiness for System Leaders.Take the self-assessment here
Download a PDF version of the framework, conversation cards and self-assessment supporting document. You can also request a physical copy of the cards using the button below.
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