Guidance

Leading in a multidisciplinary environment

The Civil Service Leadership Academy provides leaders with a knowledge and understanding of the core disciplines that underpin the civil service.

To provide confident and powerful leadership in a multidisciplinary environment, leaders need a depth of knowledge and understanding of the core disciplines that underpin the work of the Civil Service. This includes key professions and functions, and the core Civil Service discipline of politics. The Leadership Academy can support you to develop and broaden capability through a range of workshops, resources, and events.

What senior leaders need to know

The guide What leaders need to know (PDF, 1.64MB, 10 pages) sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that all senior leaders should seek to acquire, in order to provide effective cross-functional leadership. This will help you identify gaps in your capability, and target your development.

Core knowledge learning

A suite of learning opportunities providing an essential grounding in core Civil Service disciplines. Designed specifically for senior Civil Servants, in partnership with the professions, functions and parliament, focusing on the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to lead in a multidisciplinary environment.

Online learning

The following learning can be completed online, for free.

The spending journey: introduction to effective management of public money

Developed for the Leadership Academy by the Government Finance Academy (GFA), this online learning presentation provides an overview of how money moves around government, to help senior leaders understand their roles and accountabilities in forecasting and managing spend. This will help you understand how public spending is planned and controlled, the activities involved in translating policy decisions into practical solutions, and key government financial principles.

Workshops and seminars

The following events are now scheduled, and available for all senior leaders.

Workshops covering other core disciplines will be added in the coming months.

Area Title Date
Policy Leaders Teaching Leaders: Jonathan Slater, Permanent Secterary, DfE 3 Oct
Analysis Analysis in Government: the questions you’re too senior ask 10 Oct
Politics Parliamentary Insights: Delegated Legislation 11 Oct
Politics Parliamentary Insights: Select Committees 1 Nov
Operations Operational Delivery in government - the questions you’re too senior to ask 8 Nov
Policy Leaders Teaching Leaders: Matthew Rycroft CBE, Permanent Secretary, DfID 13 Nov
HR Human Resources in government - what every senior leader needs to know 20 Nov
Politics Parliamentary Insights: Debates and Voting 22 Nov
Legal Law in Government: ten questions you’re too senior ask 26 Nov
Finance The Spending Journey: introduction to the effective management of public money 7 Dec
Politics Parliamentary Insights: Pre- and post-legislative scrutiny 13 Dec

Support from a specialist peer

We can match you with a senior leader from a different profession, who can offer advice and guidance when leading outside your own area of expertise. Drawing from the knowledge and experience of your peers will help broaden your understanding of core disciplines, and should be a key source of support.

To be matched with a suitable peer, please contact: CSleadershipacademy@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Experiential and immersive learning

Going forward, we will introduce a range of immersive and experiential learning, to embed, practice and hone the capabilities required to lead in a multidisciplinary environment. These will provide very practical and ‘hands-on’ development opportunities, to take your learning to a deeper level.

Published 27 September 2017
Last updated 7 December 2017 + show all updates
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