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Aspiring Directors Programme

  • Audience:
    Open to all public and third sector aspiring directors in Wales
  • Dates:
    April 2020 to September 2021
  • Duration:
    16 days over 16 months

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Overview

In a public service landscape marked by ever-increasing volatility and uncertainty, organisations need skilled leaders more than ever. The Aspiring Directors Programme will respond to this need by linking the acquisition and creation of new knowledge and the development of new behaviours to individuals, teams and organisations.

Leaders stand at a critical crossroads in their organisations. As strategies and priorities change more frequently, and as organisations become flatter and more dispersed, leaders become the connective glue that makes strategy work. They are key to facilitating high levels of communication, collaboration, and coordination across levels, across functions and across public services. Simultaneously, they must figure out how to detect and respond to forces reshaping their sector, and then convey their insights and findings to help shape strategy. And, they have to do all of this while developing what’s often a significant portion of their workforce.

Benefits to you

You will:

  • Further develop your own leadership capability and foster the leadership potential of others
  • Improve your self-awareness and increase your confidence, impact, effectiveness and credibility to make a difference in your organisation and prepare for the challenges and demands of director roles
  • Build a powerful national support network of influential leaders
  • Be challenged to make the connection between theory and applying this knowledge into pragmatic, practical and useful action
  • Be provided with learning that adds value and helps you create success in your role, with your team and for your organisation

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

Championing innovation and change

Building collaboration and partnership

Political awareness and skill

Sharing leadership

Strategic orientation

Target audience

Open to all public and third sector aspiring directors in Wales:

  • Employed in the public service or the third sector in Wales
  • Reporting directly to someone in a Director level role or the equivalent for your organisation
  • Aspiring to be in a Director level role within the next two years.
  • Currently leading a middle management team or an area of work, providing strategic direction with some guidance from your line manager

Timetable

Activity Dates
Introduction to the programme 22 April 2020
Summer School 22 to 26 June 2020
Time to Think Learning Set 15 July 2020
Master class 1 23 September 2020
Leadership Embodiment 18 to 19 November 2020
Time to Think Learning Set 19 January 2021
Master class 2 / Change Challenge 18 March 2021
Public Service Delivery Impact 5 May 2021
Personal Impact 6 to 7 July 2021
Lighthouse 7 September 2021

Cost

Please note that all courses are free, unless otherwise stated.

How to apply

Please note that you’ll need to include a written endorsement from your line manager/executive sponsor as part of your application.

Apply for a place (please log in to apply)closing date 27 January 2020

More information

To find more details about the programme, please see our detailed information.