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Llywodraeth Cymru
Welsh Government

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Board Development: Board Behaviours, Culture and Responsibility

  • Audience:
    Boards in Welsh public services
  • This course is delivered on demand
  • Duration:
    3 sessions


To be effective as a board level leader, board members must combine self-understanding, insight and authority with an appreciation for the way their behaviour influences and impacts on others . Individuals exercising leadership at this most senior and significant level must find adaptive ways to use the technical tools available to them, those of governance, performance and financial scrutiny whilst working collectively to inspire and challenge those who deliver services on their behalf.

Engaging all board members, executive and independent, the programme addresses the complexities of board level situations, challenges the way boards are inclined to behave and enables the development of individual and collective methods for asking the right questions and making the best decisions.

Benefits to you

If change, quality and excellence is what we aim to achieve in our organisations, how can the Board be exempt?
Baroness Rennie Fritchie

Delivered over three sessions participants will engage in a series of experiential activities based on the Harvard Kennedy School ‘real time’ study model. Boards will use the experiences of their actual public board meetings to engage in learning focused on effective behaviours, leadership qualities, influencing and personal authority and impact.

Session 1

Designed to give Board members an outline of the general direction and purpose of the programme, learning outcomes and methodology.

Session 2

A Board meeting will be filmed to provide Board members with relevant personal and collective feedback.

Session 3

Board members will receive feedback as a group and as individuals. Members will be shown selected highlights of the filmed board session and critical inquiry into group discussion and action will take place. Then a personal coach will use specific film footage to provide individuals with personal feedback. Board members will have access to the full unedited footage.


Video footage of session two will only be available to board members, your designated coach and the programme team (for editing purposes) and will not be disclosed to third parties for any reason.

Leadership behaviours

This learning programme will help you to develop your leadership behaviours in the following areas:

Learning and self-awareness

Drive and resilience

Focusing on citizens and quality

Building collaboration and partnership

Political awareness and skill

Target audience

Boards in Welsh public services

How to apply

All enquiries contact Governance and Board Leadership