Leadership Roadmap - planning your leadership journey
What is the Leadership Roadmap?
Are you a leader who wants to transition to a more complex leadership role? Are you an individual who wants to lead a team? The Leadership Roadmap is a tool that draws on lessons learnt from leaders who have successfully made these transitions.
The whole-of-government Leadership Roadmap supports the Leadership talent management strategy and complements agency-led capability development initiatives. It aligns with the leadership and management behaviours in the Workforce Capability Success Profile across 4 roles: individual contributor, team leader, program manager and executive.
Leadership Roadmap principles
- The career pathways of high performing, high potential Queensland government leaders can inform the career journeys of others.
- Capacity to perform in a role depends on the right balance of specialist knowledge and leadership and management behaviours.
- When transitioning to roles with a stronger focus on leadership and management, there is an increase in accountability and complexity..
- Individuals have primary responsibility for their own career development.
- During their working life individuals tend to have a number of different careers, with leadership and management expertise being increasingly transferable.
- Individuals build mobile careers and move side-ways and upwards to achieve their career and development objectives.
- Agencies may wish to adapt the whole-of-government Leadership Roadmap for particular occupational groups.
How the Leadership Roadmap can benefit you
- empowers you to build leadership capability through intentional development and career pathways
- guides you at transition points by focussing on the most critical skills for success at each level
- steers you towards experiences and development approaches that will best position you for your next career move
- fosters constructive workplaces where you are supported to take responsibility for your leadership development.
Apply the Leadership Roadmap
You can use the roadmap by following these steps:
- Decide on the role you aspire to: team leader, program manager or executive.
- Understand the leadership and management competencies and behaviours relevant to that role.
- Reflect on how well you are demonstrating these competencies and behaviours (consider participating in a leadership capability assessment and development initiative).
- Consider development opportunities (70–20–10 approach to learning). Find out more about development opportunities.
- Plan your leadership development, discuss with your supervisor, and put into action.
- Talk to your supervisor or HR officer about the technical expertise needed for a specific role and suggestions for development.
Use the roadmap’s key leadership competencies to inform the behaviours and skills you need to transition to a more complex leadership role.
|Individual contributor to team leader||Team leader to program manager||Program manager to executive|
Value proposition of desired role
Key leadership competency of desired role*
*ensure you understand the full range of leadership competencies relevant to a role (see Workforce Capability Success Profile)
How does the Roadmap link with other leadership talent management initiatives?
The Leadership talent management strategy is an integrated approach to building leadership across the Queensland public service. The strategy ensures we have a depth of leadership talent to address current and future workforce challenges, and that leaders are supported to develop throughout their career.
The Leadership Roadmap has been informed by insights from the sector’s high performing and high potential leaders, drawing on:
- the Queensland public sector Workforce Capability Success Profile
- analysis of data from the Executive Capability Assessment and Development (ECAD) initiative and the Leaders Capability Assessment and Development (LCAD) initiatives which has identified a number of critical competencies demonstrated by high performing, high potential government leaders to successfully transition to more complex leadership roles.
- the leadership journeys and experiences of high performing, high potential executives, program managers and team leaders.
- input from senior HR professionals across the sector.
If you are seeking guidance on how to advance in your technical field of expertise but do not aspire to a more challenging leadership role, the Leadership Roadmap may not be what you are looking for.
Talk to your supervisor or HR advisor about the technical expertise needed for a specific position and how to develop these abilities.