UK cross-government leadership group highlights departmental ‘good practice’ initatives

By on 12/02/2016
Jon Thompson, has been permanent secretary of the UK’s Ministry of Defence since September 2012

A cross-government group of senior leaders in the British government has released a list of ten good practice examples it believes will enhance leadership skills drawn together from different departments.

The Departmental Leadership Exchange (DLE) group, which has been meeting once a month since March last year, encourages all departments to replicate its list of ‘Top 10’ leadership initiatives.

By implementing these initiatives, departments will be able to embed behaviours and values set out in the ‘Leadership Statement’ – a set of characteristics civil service leaders are expected to show, the group says.

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One such initiative is led by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) whose permanent secretary Jon Thompson gathers senior leaders for regular conferences.

The meet-ups serve to share the department’s vision and to discuss the leadership behaviours set out in the leadership statement.

This way, DLE says, “senior leaders have a clear narrative and useful tools for bringing the statement to life.”

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, also got a mention in the DLE blog post.

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It created the ICE academy, based on the leadership statement’s three core values: inspiring, confident, empowering, which aims to help staff of all grades develop an understanding of leadership and its place in delivering objectives.

The Department for Transport was praised for its 12-month ‘Velocity’ programme, which aims to increase participants’ confidence in their day-to-day work.

And the tax department, HM Revenue and Customs, put in place the ‘Building the Future’ programme, with the support of their non-executive board members, which trains senior staff to define and communicate the future of HMRC.

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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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