Leader Connect overview
Leader Connect brokers real experiences within and outside government to enable leaders to equip themselves with the agility and breadth of skills needed to best meet the needs of our customers, the people of Queensland. It is a key deliverable of the leadership talent management strategy.
Leader Connect experiences
Leader Connect experiences are flexible, ranging from days to months, and designed to meet the needs of the participant, their home agency and, where appropriate, the host organisation. Some options include:
- Placements in different sectors or within government
- Mentoring partnerships between senior government leaders and peers from different sectors
- Volunteering in the not-for-profit sector
- Filling a short term executive role
- Shadowing a more senior leader
- Experiencing a 'day in the life of' frontline staff
- Experiencing a regional context
Experiences are organised by the Public Service Commission to meet specific development needs.
Typically, the home agency will cover placement costs. Specific arrangements may be negotiated with the host organisation.
Guides and templates
- Leader Connect placement guide
- Placement agreement template : a formal agreement between the participant, home agency and the host organisation
- Development plan template
- broaden their perspective
- are challenged
- collaborate and innovate with others
- establish new relationships and networks.
- gain wider appreciation of organisational issues from the leader's temporary immersion in another workplace
- work across boundaries through greater collaboration
- transfer knowledge and gain fresh perspectives
- provide opportunities for emerging talent to backfill the participating leader's role.
- gain new ways of looking at challenges
- tap into new skills and experiences
- establish opportunities for greater collaboration with the public service.
Queensland public service:
- establish a talent pipeline for the public service's most senior leadership roles
- gain a flexible and mobile cohort of leaders
- establish opportunities to collaborate and innovate across sectors
- gain relationships and new networks across different cultures and groups.
Interested in a Leader Connect placement?
- You will need to talk with your supervisor about the benefits and implications of your release, and seek approval (possible approval from your chief executive officer) to participate in a placement.
- You will be assigned a PSC case manager who will organise your placement and the terms of the placement with you, your home agency and the host organisation. They will also help you to complete a development plan.
- Your home agency will cover placement costs, including your salary and an external coach. Specific salary arrangements may be negotiated with the host organisation. The case manager is provided by the PSC.
- You will be connected with an external coach (at home agency expense).
- You will reflect on your learnings. The PSC case manager will see the connection through to fruition and maintain regular contact with all parties involved.
Completion of placement
- You will review your development goals, set at the start of the placement, and put in place actions about how your agency and the broader public sector would benefit from your return.
- You will need to debrief and seek feedback from your supervisor and host organisation.