Executive Leadership Essentials

The Executive Leadership Essentials Program is designed for recently promoted executives or those new to the sector.

The program provides the opportunity to hear firsthand from senior leaders in the NSW Public Sector and is a key driver in fostering and retaining talent.

A focus of the program is the opportunity to influence change within the senior executive which is provided through key reform enablers such as the GSE Act, Capability Framework and Performance Management Framework.

The involvement of Secretaries and other speakers throughout the program sessions is key to the success of the program. 


Participants will be sent pre-reading documents prior to program commencement and some preparation questions have also been developed for particpants to consider prior to the workshop.  


On successful completion of the Executive Leadership Essentials program, participants are expected to have a strong understanding of their roles as leaders within the NSW public sector as well as their responsibilities in bringing about change to help shape the future state of the senior executive.

Course content

The Executive Leadership Essentials program uses a lensed approach which compresses key messages into a range of  different categories. The lens approach focuses on those critical areas that are likely to impact on senior executives and incorporates subject matter experts as speakers and case studies to support key theoretical concepts. Previous lenses have included:

  • Leadership
  • Cross-boundary Collaboration
  • The Customer Imperative
  • The Media
  • Finance and Procurement
  • Lessons from the Federal Jurisdiction

Suited to

  • Executives (Bands 1-3 or equivalent) who are new to the NSW Public Sector (maximum 12 months, but ideally a much shorter time); or
  • Executives (Band 1 or equivalent) recently promoted to executive level role (within 12 months, but ideally a much shorter time).

2017 Dates

  • 4 – 5 May 2017
  • 27-28 July 2017


This is a two day program, including dinner on day one. Timings are as follows:

  • Day 1: 09:00 – 19:30
  • Day 2: 09:00 – 16:30


Participants will be sent pre-reading documents prior to program commencement. Each participant will need to complete the four e-learning modules prior to commencing the program. The four modules are as follows:

  • Module 1: The Westminster system of government
  • Module 2: The Ethical Framework for the government sector
  • Module 3: Additional integrity obligations
  • Module 4: Executive conduct and leadership

Additional resources

All pre-reading documents and instructions for the e-learning modules will be sent to participants prior to the program. A program pack will also be provided to participants at the commencement of the program.


This program is centrally funded by the NSW PSC. Any travel and accommodation costs will need to be met by the agency/individual.

How to apply

Places are limited, with each program consisting of approximately 25 people. Expressions of interest are managed by each principal Department.


Name: Eloise Nigro
Email: eloise.nigro@psc.nsw.gov.au
Phone number: 9272 6065