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System Leadership Behaviours Framework

The shift towards a system wide approach to address population health requires leaders to work in a different way. A significant system wide piece of research was undertaken and tested with a wide range of cross sector colleagues resulting in a deeper understanding of the kinds of behaviours needed to enable effective system leadership across the public sector.

The approach enabled the exploration of what this different kind of leadership might look like, acknowledging the scale, diversity and complexity of the system and the importance of collaboration and co-creation. The research identified four overarching themes, each underpinned by a series of supporting behaviours in a System Leadership Behaviours Framework.

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INDICATORS

The behaviours within the framework are brought to life by a set of indicators demonstrating the kinds of behaviours that enable, and obstruct, effective system leadership.

The positive and negative indicators are designed to provoke insights around the leadership behaviours required to lead and work effectively across the public-sector system landscape. The indicators can support a user to explore where they perceive their key strengths and development areas to be. This can be utilised as preparation for appraisals, coaching or other developmental conversations.

CONVERSATION CARDS

The System Leadership Behaviour Cards have been designed as a practical development tool. The set of 13 double sided cards are colour coded by theme; each card describes one of the behaviours and includes three question prompts on the reverse.

The aim is to consider from an individual, organisational and system perspective, how the key themes and behaviours ‘play-out’. The questions support conversation and prompt self-reflection in the context of system-level working.

Example of cards

The cards can be used in a variety of ways including:

  • self-reflection and assessment
  • as part of development conversations
  • in coaching and mentoring conversations
  • as part of Leadership development activity
  • to inform programme design and more
  • board and governing body development
  • meetings/network events when exploring system working and system thinking

System colleagues have been finding innovative ways to utilise the cards in their teams and sharing their feedback.

“These have been a great practical tool to help my thinking around what system leadership means for me, and to me. Whilst there are 13 common behaviours, the prompts on the cards have helped me to acknowledge there is no one way to be a system leader and there are different ways I can demonstrate these behaviours through my own unique (and still developing!) leadership style.”

Melissa Surgey, Managing Consultant, NHS Transformation Unit

SELF-ASSESSMENT

New for 2022, the System Leadership Self-Assessment has been designed as a multi-functional development tool to support all leaders working across a system or place-based environment with self-reflection and assessment.

It will support individuals to identify their strengths, areas for development and personal readiness for System Leaders.

Take the self-assessment here.

Self Assessment

The self-assessment will support you to engage with the System Leadership Behaviours Framework and will provoke thoughts around the leadership behaviours required to lead and work effectively. Read our guide to find out more about the self-assessment and how it will support your development as a system leader here.

MATERIALS

You can download a PDF version of the cards, framework and self-assessment supporting document via the resources section at the top of this page.

If you would like any further information or support please contact nwla.systemleadership@nhs.net.

SHARE YOUR STORY

How are you using the cards? Complete this survey and share how you are using the cards to support colleagues across the system. Connect with us on social media #systemleadershipcards

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