Digital Leadership Essentials

This short course provides insight into leading in a digital world, focussing on supporting transformation and how the Scottish Government and public sector 'does digital'.

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2 hours
Led by: Lee Dunn

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Our organisation vision ‘In the service of Scotland’ provides the blueprint for how to successfully operate in an uncertain and evolving world. We’ll embrace the four vision principles and explore in more detail, person-centred approaches and digital mindsets.

This short course is divided into two sessions, each intended to develop the skills to become a digitally-informed and empowered leader. You will work with your peers, discovering tools to help lead yourself and others so that you may manage and influence digitally driven change across the organisation. You will explore and reflect on how digital technology is changing how we work.

Who is it for?

Although the course is aligned to the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Profession Capability Framework, you do not need to be a DDaT professional to attend. The course is suitable for anyone wishing to learn more about digital leadership, and is offered as option for Civil Servants as part of the leadership learning and development offer through People Directorate.

This short course is only available for Civil Servants employed by the Scottish Government, using the email domain.

What are the benefits?

By attending the short course, you will be able to articulate the importance of digital by developing a digital mindset for change, so that you may begin to manage and influence transformation across the organisation.   

By the end of the short course, you will be able to:

  • Define digital within the context of the Scottish Government and public sector.
  • Explain the importance of developing a digital mindset.
  • Articulate the elements for digital transformation.
  • State the benefits of user-centred design.
  • Consider your own role as a leader and how you can begin to influence and manage yourself and others.

In addition, delegates will be able to signpost to other professional learning opportunities if they wish to learn more about any of the short course content and themes.

DDaT skills

This short course develops knowledge associated with the following skills:

  • Agile working
  • Methods and tools
  • Project management skills
  • User-centred and agile practices
  • Communication skills
  • Strategic thinking

Delivery format

This short course is delivered as follows:

  • Online delivery via MS Teams
  • Regular breaks during training

We encourage you to turn on your camera, however this is not a mandatory requirement. If you have any personal requirements, please contact us before the course begins.

Fees and funding

This short course is funded by the Scottish Digital Academy. Please read our terms and conditions and note that a fee may be payable for late cancellation or non-attendance. 

Additional information

Once you have registered, you will receive an automated email containing meeting URL. 

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