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.

ELE is currently delivered quarterly and continues to be revised to ensure the content and messaging is relevant and up-to-date. The involvement of secretaries, agency heads and other key speakers throughout the two day workshop is pivotal to the programs success.


Preparation Questions

Participants will be sent some pre-program preparation questions 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
  • Cabinet, Policy and Legislation

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

  • October 2017
  • November 2017


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

  • Day 1: 08:45 – 19:30
  • Day 2: 09:00 – 16:30


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: Kate Jolliffe
Email: kate.jolliffe@psc.nsw.gov.au
Phone number: 9272 6050