Integrated Leadership System (ILS) EL1 profile

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Shapes strategic thinking Achieves results Cultivates productive working relationships Exemplifies personal drive and integrity Communicates with influence

Inspires a sense of purpose and direction

Provides direction to others regarding the purpose and importance of their work. Illustrates the relationship between operational tasks and organisational goals. Sets work tasks that align with the strategic objectives and communicates expected outcomes.

Focuses strategically

Understands the organisation's objectives and aligns operational activities accordingly. Considers the ramifications of issues and longer-term impact of own work and work area.

Harnesses information and opportunities

Gathers and investigates information from a variety of sources, and explores new ideas and different viewpoints. Probes information and identifies any critical gaps. Maintains an awareness of the organisation, monitors the context in which the organisation operates and finds out about best practice approaches.

Shows judgment, intelligence and commonsense

Undertakes objective, systematic analysis and draws accurate conclusions based on evidence. Recognises the links between interconnected issues. Breaks through problems and weighs up the options to identify solutions. Explores possibilities and innovative alternatives.

Builds organisational capability and responsiveness

Reviews project performance and focuses on identifying opportunities for continuous improvement. Identifies key talent to support performance. Remains flexible and responsive to changes in requirements.

Marshals professional expertise

Values specialist expertise and capitalises on the expert knowledge and skills of others. Contributes own expertise to achieve outcomes for the business unit.

Steers and implements change and deals with uncertainty

Establishes clear plans and timeframes for project implementation and outlines specific activities. Responds in a positive and flexible manner to change and uncertainty. Shares information with others and assists them to adapt.

Ensures closure and delivers on intended results

Sees projects through to completion. Monitors project progress and adjusts plans as required. Commits to achieving quality outcomes and ensures documentation procedures are maintained. Seeks feedback from stakeholders to gauge satisfaction.

Nurtures internal and external relationships

Builds and sustains relationships with a network of key people internally and externally. Proactively offers assistance for a mutually beneficial relationship. Anticipates and is responsive to internal and external client needs.

Facilitates cooperation and partnerships

Involves people, encourages them and recognises their contribution. Consults and shares information and ensures others are kept informed of issues. Works collaboratively and operates as an effective team member.

Values individual differences and diversity

Recognises the positive benefits that can be gained from diversity and encourages the exploration of diverse views. Harnesses understanding of differences to enhance interactions. Recognises the different working styles of individuals, and tries to see things from different perspectives.

Guides, mentors and develops people

Identifies learning opportunities for others and empowers them by delegating tasks. Agrees clear performance standards and gives timely praise and recognition. Makes time for people and offers full support when required. Delivers constructive, objective feedback in a manner that gains acceptance and achieves resolution. Deals with under-performance promptly.

Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity

Adopts a principled approach and adheres to the APS Values and Code of Conduct. Acts professionally and impartially at all times and operates within the boundaries of organisational processes and legal and public policy constraints. Operates as an effective representative of the organisation in public and internal forums.

Engages with risk and shows personal courage

Provides impartial and forthright advice. Challenges important issues constructively, and stands by own position when challenged. Acknowledges mistakes and learns from them, and seeks guidance and advice when required.

Commits to action

Takes personal responsibility for meeting objectives and progressing work. Shows initiative and proactively steps in and does what is required. Commits energy and drive to see that goals are achieved.

Displays resilience

Persists and focuses on achieving objectives even in difficult circumstances. Remains positive and responds to pressure in a controlled manner. Continues to move forward despite criticism or setbacks.

Demonstrates self awareness and a commitment to personal development

Self-evaluates performance and seeks feedback from others. Communicates and acts on strengths and development needs. Reflects on own behaviour and recognises the impact on others. Shows strong commitment to learning and self-development, and accepts challenging new opportunities.

Communicates clearly

Confidently presents messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner. Focuses on key points and uses appropriate, unambiguous language. Selects the most appropriate medium for conveying information and structures written and oral communication to ensure clarity.

Listens, understands and adapts to audience

Seeks to understand the audience and tailors communication style and message accordingly. Listens carefully to others and checks to ensure their views have been understood. Checks own understanding of others' comments and does not allow misunderstandings to linger.

Negotiates persuasively

Approaches negotiations with a strong grasp of the key issues, having prepared in advance. Understands the desired objectives and associated strengths and weaknesses. Anticipates the position of the other party, and frames arguments accordingly. Encourages the support of relevant stakeholders. Strives to achieve an outcome that delivers benefits for both parties.