What does SOLACE “Insights” tell us of the leadership traits that will be needed in chief executives and senior managers.
Shared Services and Collaboration continue to feature highly in local authorities plans to operate more efficiently. The results of a survey of local authority chief executives and senior managers conducted by SOLACE have just been published, entitled “Insights” . Asked what type of innovation they had used in the past twelve months in order to deliver more efficient solutions to address the financial challenges they face second to reducing spend on back office was shared services and management. (66%) When asked to consider the next twelve months top (83%) was partnership working with other organisations with shared services still featuring highly.
This again reinforces what Public Service Transformation Network and others have been saying, that leaders and managers in the public sector need the skills to lead collaboratively, across organisational boundaries and through influence rather than positional authority. SSA’s Collaborative Leadership Programme is helping leaders in all parts of the public sector prepare themselves to be successful and embrace the new leadership challenges.
So what are the top five traits of collaborative leaders? Here’s my list let me know yours.
- the ability to see things from different perspectives
- inner confidence leading to being open to share knowledge, power and credit
- invests into relationships and has a network of diverse people
- motivated by achieving outcomes rather than position and status
- has genuine and wide interests leading to strong contextual intelligence