Essential Skills for Leading Change Repository
Introductory Learning Material
This short video introduces the programme overall, explaining the purpose, giving an overview of the full curriculum, explaining how the peer-led sessions will work and setting out how we will learn together.
Theme A: The foundations of systems leadership
This theme is about exploring what it means to think through a systems lens, and to understand the particular system you are trying to influence; the mindsets and approaches suited to exercising leadership in this context; and your role in leading change.
Module 1 – Thinking in systems video
This module lays the foundations for system leadership. It asks: What are systems? What is systems change? How should we engage with complex challenges? What do we mean by systems leadership? We are joined by Jason Fergus, Director of Active Essex, about why is increasing levels of physical activity a system challenge, and the role he and his team have played in addressing it in Essex.
Module 2 – Your role in leading change video
This module is to enable you to gain a deeper understanding of your role within the system you are seeking to change. It asks: What is the difference between the persons you are and the role you play? How does your role affect how you act? How does your role give you authority you can use to exercise leadership? And how can you exercise leadership beyond your authority? We are joined by Jo Turton, Chief Fire Officer for Essex, who shares her insights about how she has combined the formal authority she was given through her title with the informal authority she has built by modelling the values she believes in.
Theme B: Becoming a system activist
This theme is about developing the skills and behaviours you need to become more effective in creating systemic change.