Trust, Service

& Accountability

Behaving Ethically

Leadership and Management

Ethical leadership in the government sector is about influencing others and setting the culture of a workplace.

Leadership is a practice, rather than a position or classification level. Leaders influence others by shaping longer term and strategic thinking, setting priorities, communicating with influence, exemplifying personal drive and integrity, achieving results, and cultivating productive working relationships. 

Leadership and management are complementary, but different. Managers organise work through planning, budgeting, structuring jobs, overseeing the delivery of customer services, measuring performance and problem-solving, so that their business unit can predictably achieve workplace objectives established by the agency’s leaders.  In the government sector, the complete separation of leadership and management is rare, and both are crucial if agencies are to be successful.