The State services need leaders who are focused on whole-of-system transformation and strategy. It is critical that leaders can influence beyond their agency boundary to deliver on key government outcomes for the people of New Zealand.
Changes to the State Sector Amendment Act (2013) strengthened the role of the State Services Commissioner to oversee the delivery of a leadership strategy for the State services. In support of the Commissioner, chief executives ensure alignment and integration of the strategy at an agency, sector and system level. A Government Chief Talent Officer (GCTO) was appointed in May 2014 to deliver the leadership programme and act as the Head of Profession for Human Resources (HR) for the Public Service.
In 2013, the Leadership and Capability Development and Deployment (LCDD) programme was established to deliver on the aims of the leadership strategy and integrate system-wide capability development and leadership initiatives into a single change programme. The LCDD programme is focused on ensuring the development of current and future leaders to enable the State services to be responsive to the needs of an increasingly diverse New Zealand.
The LCDD programme and delivery approach is supported by the Performance Improvement Framework, 4-Year Excellence Horizons, 4-year Plans, and Executive Management of chief executives. The programme priorities are focused in four key areas: