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New Leadership Programme For The Public Service

Media Release from the State Services Commissioner


A new leadership programme, aimed at developing and keeping talented senior people in the Public Service, was launched at Parliament tonight.

The State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, said the Executive Leadership Programme, to be delivered by the new Leadership Development Centre, is aimed at building a group of managers of the required quality and diversity to meet the future needs of the Public Service.

The programme is likely to extend over time to the wider public sector.

Overseen by the State Services Commission and launched by State Services Minister, Trevor Mallard, the Executive Leadership Programme will work one-on-one with potential leaders.

Mr Wintringham said the benchmark for entry to the programme, which starts this month, will be high.

"We're targeting bright and talented individuals who aspire to, and are almost ready, for a senior leadership role in the Public Service but need up to three years further targeted development," he said.

A new "Leadership Capability Profile" makes clear the qualities expected of future leaders of the Public Service. The Profile outlines the attributes, abilities, experiences and pathways for leadership roles in the Public Service, now and into the future.

Future leaders will be nominated to the programme by their chief executive. Once into the programme the Leadership Development Centre will provide an individually tailored development plan for each applicant. These plans may include mentoring and training, secondments, academic programmes or specific skills and management development courses.

The Executive Leadership Programme will accept between 25 and 40 people this year, with total numbers in the programme rising to around 200 by 2007.

Mr Wintringham said the launch of the programme represents an exciting opportunity for both individuals and the Public Service as a whole.

"I believe this programme will result in significant long-term benefits in the Public Service's ability to develop, and keep, good people," Mr Wintringham said.


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