Leadership Framework

As a part of our improvement programme, GCS2020, we are creating new tools, models and processes to ensure that we are fit for the future.

Leadership Framework (PDF, 903KB, 16 pages)

Contents

Foreword
GCS Leadership Framework Summary
How to use the GCS leadership framework
Strategic
Connected
Creative
Collaborative Trusted
How we developed this framework
Further reading and evidence

Foreword by Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communication

As a profession, the Government Communication Service (GCS) cannot afford to stand still, it must continually evolve. Science, technology and society are changing at an exciting and rapid pace. As well as excellence in our professional and technical communication skills, we need excellent leadership to meet these challenges. As a part of our improvement programme, GCS2020, we are creating new tools, models and processes to ensure that we are fit for the future.

We already have established technical competencies for our recruitment and development of people across all grades and disciplines. However, until now, there has been less focus on the strengths and behaviours of GCS professionals – how we think and how we deliver, not just what we do. For me, this is just as important an aspect of leadership. It is not just technically knowing what to do, but also ensuring that you support and bring out the best of those you work with.

I believe that we lead at every level. We all have a responsibility to be leaders and to demonstrate the leadership behaviours set out in the Civil Service Leadership Statement; to be inspiring, confident and empowering. Each of us will have our own examples of great leadership in mind, whether it is somebody you know at work or somebody you have seen in the news or world leadership space. But whoever you aspire to emulate, it is likely that they demonstrate these three characteristics in one way or another.

Our new leadership framework builds on this to set out what great communication leadership looks like. We set out that we want our leaders to be strong strategic thinkers, creative, collaborative, connected and ultimately trusted. Wherever you are in your career, these strengths will support you to build on your leadership capability and progress and develop in line with your goals.