Civil Service

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 23rd March 2007.

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Photo of Susan Deacon Susan Deacon Labour

Question S2W-32395

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve leadership and management in the civil service in line with the key areas for action identified in Taking Stock Review: Fit for the Future , published in December 2006.

Photo of Tom McCabe Tom McCabe Labour

The Permanent Secretary has established a new Strategic Board whose responsibilities include oversight of actions to respond to recommendations in the Taking Stock report.

The report highlighted a need to build on evidence of effective leadership in parts of the organisation in order to deliver strong corporate leadership at senior levels across the Executive as a whole. Work to improve leadership and management in the organisation includes all members of the senior civil service undertaking a 360 degree feedback process by this summer; building a renewed emphasis on leadership and behaviours into internal and external appointments processes for senior civil service posts, based on the requirements of the Professional Skills for Government framework, and continuing to roll out the Executive’s programmes on Public Value and on Adaptive Leadership to staff in senior and middle management positions.

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