Integrated Leadership System (ILS) SES B1 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

Develops the strategic direction for the business unit and creates a shared sense of purpose by demonstrating how elements of the strategy fit together and contribute to higher-level goals. Encourages others' input and communicates required actions and expected outcomes.

Focuses strategically

Understands the organisation's direction and role within government and society including the whole of government agenda. Considers multiple perspectives when assessing the ramifications of issues. Develops plans that address both current and likely future requirements. Seeks to align business unit activities with strategic priorities.

Harnesses information and opportunities

Draws on information and alternative viewpoints and monitors information channels to understand new issues of importance to the government. Monitors change in the environment. Seizes opportunities and adjusts approach to respond to threats. Addresses any critical information gaps. Uses knowledge of the organisation to provide a context for others.

Shows judgment, intelligence and commonsense

Applies intellect and knowledge to weigh up complex information and identify critical factors and issues. Works effectively when all of the information is not available. Explores the options in full and makes sound decisions under pressure. Considers opportunities and anticipates risk. Applies lateral thinking and identifies innovative solutions.

Builds organisational capability and responsiveness

Investigates ways to improve effectiveness by harnessing technology and implementing continuous improvement activities. Builds teams with complementary skills and engages in succession planning. Responds flexibly to changing circumstances, deploys resources astutely and identifies optimum resourcing combinations. Creates a flexible environment that enables others to meet changing demands.

Marshals professional expertise

Integrates professional expertise into the organisation to improve overall performance and delivery of business unit outcomes. Manages contracts judiciously. Actively ensures relevant professional input from others is obtained and shares own experience.

Steers and implements change and deals with uncertainty

Adopts a planned approach to the management of programs. Defines high-level objectives and supports translation into implementation strategies. Operates effectively in an environment of ongoing change and uncertainty and maintains flexibility. Actively ensures stakeholders are kept informed during times of change.

Ensures closure and delivers on intended results

Drives a culture of achievement. Ensures ideas and intended actions become reality and that planned projects result in expected outputs. Strives for quality, and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements. Puts systems in place to establish and measure accountabilities. Manages risks that may impede on project outcomes and ensures that key stakeholders are across all relevant issues.

Nurtures internal and external relationships

Builds and sustains relationships within the organisation, with the Minister's office, across the APS and with a diverse range of external stakeholders. Looks for shared agendas and uses these to bring people together. Shows a commitment to client service through own actions and those of the business unit.

Facilitates cooperation and partnerships

Brings people together and encourages input from key stakeholders. Facilitates cooperation within and between organisations. Promotes the reciprocal sharing of information to build knowledge. Fosters teamwork and rewards cooperative and collaborative behaviour. Resolves conflict and manages the sensitivities involved.

Values individual differences and diversity

Recognises the positive benefits that can be gained from diversity and capitalises on these for the benefit of the business unit. Harnesses understanding of differences to anticipate reactions and enhance interactions. Recognises the different working styles of individuals, and tries to see things from different perspectives.

Guides, mentors and develops people

Encourages and motivates people to engage in continuous learning, and empowers them by delegating responsibility for work. Sets clear performance standards and gives timely praise and recognition. Makes time for people and offers full support when required. Delivers constructive feedback and manages under-performance. Offers support in time of high pressure and engages in activities to maintain morale.

Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity

Adheres to and promotes the APS Values and Code of Conduct and acts with utmost integrity and professionalism. Encourages these standards in others. Operates professionally and within the boundaries of organisational processes and legal and public policy constraints. Represents the organisation effectively in public and internal forums, and advocates the corporate agenda.

Engages with risk and shows personal courage

Provides impartial and forthright advice. Is prepared to make tough corporate decisions to achieve desired outcomes. Challenges and encourages debate on difficult or controversial issues. Stands by own position and supports others when required. Takes responsibility for mistakes and learns from them. Seeks guidance and advice when required.

Commits to action

Commits to achieving key outcomes for the organisation. Demonstrates personal drive, focus and energy. Galvanises others to act. Acts decisively and initiates urgent action to overcome difficult problems.

Displays resilience

Persists with, and focuses on achieving, organisational objectives even in difficult circumstances. Monitors own emotional reactions and responds to pressure in a controlled manner. Displays a positive outlook and maintains momentum in difficult situations.

Demonstrates self awareness and a commitment to personal development

Examines own performance and regularly seeks feedback from others. Confidently promotes areas of strength, acknowledges development needs and proactively identifies related learning opportunities to extend skills and experience. Reflects on own behaviour and recognises the impact on others.

Communicates clearly

Confidently presents messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner. Focuses on key points for the audience and uses appropriate, unambiguous language, and explains the implications and ensures the conclusion is clearly conveyed. 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. Anticipates reactions and prepares a response to address the audience's concerns. 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. Presents a convincing and balanced rationale. Anticipates the position of the other party, and is aware of the extent of potential for compromise. Acknowledges and addresses disagreements to facilitate mutually beneficial solutions. Encourages the support of relevant stakeholders. Focuses on the desired objectives and ensures negotiations remain on track.