Watch Becky Shaw, CEO talk about the Leadership Capabilities Framework
Why we need leadership capabilities
The next few years will see a fundamental and permanent change to the way the Council operates. While the overall size of the public sector is reducing, our responsibilities are likely to expand as powers are devolved from Central Government to council partnerships. Service demand will also increase, particularly for social care and health services, at the same time local authorities will be expected to raise all funding locally through council tax and business rates. The Council is committed to responding with strong leadership and staying focused on our priority outcomes, using them to guide our partnership working, direct our resources and actions, and set Council Plan targets.
Our Council Plan sets out what we are aiming to achieve against our four strategic priorities. The East Sussex Way defines the key behaviours expected of all Council staff and these underpin all the capabilities required of leaders while adding the additional challenge to create the right environment and provide the necessary support to foster these behaviours.
About this Framework
Strong leadership skills are vital to the way East Sussex County Council delivers its services. A well trained, motivated, and engaged workforce is led by leaders and managers who understand that delivering high quality services go beyond having the technical skills and expertise to deliver outcomes. They embed the values, culture, and spirit of how we want staff to work with each other, our partners, and our community.
The East Sussex Leadership Capability Framework describes the skills, knowledge, and behaviours that are exhibited by successful leaders, and should form the basis of recruitment, skill assessment and leadership development.
What does it mean for me?
The framework is used for recruitment, performance, and management and development discussions, and for decisions about progression. Your business objectives set out what you need to achieve, and the capability framework sets out how you need to work to achieve those outcomes.
The Framework is presented in four dimensions, each broken down into four capabilities. Each capability has a brief description and some overarching principles of what quality leadership looks like in that area.
The capabilities are further broken down to proficiency levels which describe more specifically how those skills and behaviours may be exhibited on the basis of experience, responsibility, and influence. The proficiency levels are intended to be discrete and cumulative, with each level building on the levels preceding it.
So for example:
A person at level 2 would also demonstrate the skills, behaviour, and knowledge described in the level 1 as a matter of course.
Find out more about each of the capabilities: