In Thing 22 you will explore the rationale for having a leadership strategy for social services in Scotland and consider how this relates to you and your service.
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Open Badge: SSSC 23 Things Leadership – Thing 22: Why leadership is important
Counts towards: SSSC 23 Things Leadership – Evaluation of impact
You may find it helpful to complete Things 1-4, before starting Thing 22.
The first leadership strategy for social services in Scotland’s was published in 2013, informed by the evaluation of the Changing Lives policy from 2006 and the Leading Together research commissioned in 2010. Significant changes and challenges in the sector following that led to development of a revised strategy called Enhancing leadership capability – The Strategy for enhancing leadership capability in Scotland’s social services: Delivery plan 2017-2020. This learning activity explains the context for leadership development in Scotland’s social services, how it has developed over the years, what the current leadership priorities are, and encourages you to reflect on how this relates to you and your role.
Watch the PowerPoint presentation and listen to the accompanying 10-minute voiceover (see below).
Read Enhancing leadership capability – The Strategy for enhancing leadership capability in Scotland’s social services: Delivery plan 2017-2020.
Consider the four leadership objectives in the strategy and reflect on how they relate to you and your service.
Identify and write about two leadership activities that would help you or your team/service to meet each of these objectives. These might be development activities you’re currently involved in or activities you think would support your or your service’s development.
Discuss your thoughts with your line manager at your next supervision meeting and consider with them if any of your ideas should be implemented. Action appropriately.
Write at least 400 words, reflecting on leadership activities that would help you or your team/service to meet each of the four objectives of the leadership strategy. What you submit should include examples of how each activity would make a difference to people experiencing your service.
You can provide the statement on the open badge application form or provide a link to your own *blog/portfolio. You may find it helpful to look at Recording Your Learning and Reflecting on Leadership.
*If you want to use a blog or ePortfolio entry as evidence, you might find our guide to preparing and publishing your evidence useful.