Integrated Leadership System (ILS) SES B2 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

Champions the organisation's vision and goals and promotes a shared commitment to the strategic direction. Helps create organisational strategies that are aligned with government objectives and likely future requirements. Encourages others' input and communicates expected outcomes from organisational strategies.

Focuses strategically

Understands the organisation's role within society and considers multiple perspectives when assessing the ramifications of key issues on the organisation and community. Provides advice to government that reflects analysis of a broad range of issues and the whole of government agenda. Considers emerging trends, identifies long-term opportunities and aligns organisational operations 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. Positions the organisation to seize opportunities and minimise threats. Addresses any critical information gaps. Uses knowledge of the organisation to tailor approaches to different issues.

Shows judgment, intelligence and commonsense

Applies intellect and knowledge to weigh up information and identify critical factors and issues. Demonstrates effective judgement to weigh up options and develop realistic solutions. Anticipates risks, addresses them quickly and helps others to recognise them. Capitalises on innovative alternatives to resolve complex problems.

Builds organisational capability and responsiveness

Focuses on activities that support organisational sustainability. Nurtures talent and engages in succession planning. Facilitates information accessibility and sharing. Looks for ways to improve effectiveness by harnessing technology and implementing continuous improvement activities. Monitors and manages resourcing pressures for optimum outcomes. 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 organisational 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

Oversees the implementation of multiple change initiatives with a focus on the desired outcomes. Defines high-level objectives and ensures translation into practical 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, and fosters a quality focus in the organisation. Ensures ideas and intended actions become reality and that planned projects result in expected outputs. Enables the achievement of outcomes by identifying and removing potential barriers to success. Keeps stakeholders informed of progress and any issues that arise.

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. Encourages stakeholders to work together, and establishes cross- agency approaches to address issues. Shows a commitment to client service through own actions and those of the organisation.

Facilitates cooperation and partnerships

Consults broadly to obtain buy-in. Draws on the knowledge of key stakeholders within and outside the organisation and facilitates cooperation by sharing information. Promotes information exchange by maintaining open communication channels. Personally manifests strong interpersonal relations and rewards cooperative and collaborative behaviour. Anticipates and resolves conflict.

Values individual differences and diversity

Capitalises on the positive benefits that can be gained from diversity and harnesses different viewpoints. Uses understanding of differences to anticipate reactions and enhance the operation of the organisation. Recognises the different working styles of individuals, anticipates reactions and tries to see things from different perspectives.

Guides, mentors and develops people

Identifies and develops talent. 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 times of high pressure. Celebrates success 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 aligns business processes accordingly. Addresses breaches of protocol and probity. 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. Clearly voices own opinion and challenges 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 and uses personal drive, focus and energy to enthuse others. Galvanises others to act. Acts decisively and initiates urgent action to overcome difficult problems.

Displays resilience

Persists and focuses on achieving organisational objectives even in difficult circumstances. Monitors own emotional reactions and responds to pressure in a controlled manner. Overcomes obstacles and rapidly recovers from setbacks. Displays a positive outlook in difficult situations.

Demonstrates self awareness and a commitment to personal development

Has a high level of self-awareness and acknowledges areas of both strength and limitation. Confidently promotes areas of strength and proactively identifies learning opportunities to extend skills and experience. Reflects on the impact of own behaviour on others and is responsive in adjusting behaviour.

Communicates clearly

Confidently presents messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner. Focuses on key points for the audience and states the facts. Structures message for brevity and presents message with precision and confidence, harnessing the most appropriate methods of communication. Creates meaning for the audience by using analogies and stories to illustrate key points.

Listens, understands and adapts to audience

Seeks to understand the audience and adapts communication style and message to meet their needs. Listens carefully to others and ensures 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. Focuses on the way in which the message is delivered, and uses techniques to illustrate the argument persuasively. 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. Identifies key stakeholders and engages their support. Focuses on the desired objectives and ensures negotiations remain on track.