Leadership Prospectus

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Led by: Scottish Digital Academy

About the leadership prospectus

We’re developing a new professional learning offer that will build leadership capability across the public and third sectors. The prospectus will bring our leadership offer into a single place.

The pathway illustrates a series of short courses, courses and programmes that have been designed to draw out leadership attributes within the context of the DDaT (Digital, Data and Technology) Profession. Although intended to be progressive, each offer stands in it’s own right and can be accessed independently of the others. Some may have eligibility criteria for registration.


Information for Civil Servants!

The leadership prospectus is aligned to the Scottish Government Leadership Framework and you do not need to be a member of the DDaT Profession to participate.

What progress have we made?


This workstream forms part of the Scottish Government Digital Programme and is now in alpha, which means we’re building prototypes and validating early versions of the prospectus. You can now register for the pilot cohorts for Digital Leadership Essentials and for the SCS Digital Ambassador Programme.

Background context

We help leaders to realise their digital potential and to change their organisation. From supporting strategic transformation to mastering personal visions of digital leadership, we enable them to inspire, guide and galvanize, releasing the full and diverse capability of all their people to be change-makers.

The Leadership Prospectus will allow leaders to select professional learning that meets their current needs and helps them think about future development opportunities, as they lead their teams to deliver public services in an increasingly digital world. The courses and programmes in the prospectus encourage leaders to design services with their users in mind, whilst practicing system leadership and an entrepreneurial approach. The prospectus is focused on helping leaders to deliver effectively and efficiently – to achieve more with less waste of resources.

Further information

Some courses and programmes are available now. For internal colleagues, a new programme is being developed for the senior civil service and will be available in the Autumn, with an online short course available in the Spring.

Want to know more?

If you want to know more about this workstream, contact us and a member of the team will be in touch with you.



Leadership Pathway

Leadership Prospectus

Pathways Key:





Digital Leadership Essentials

This workshop provides an introduction to digital transformation and the key themes that aspiring leaders need to consider. Contact us for more information about this course.

Hosted by: Scottish Digital Academy

Agile Leadership in Practice

A practical review of leading agile teams where you will experience what it takes to build an effective agile team, the ceremonies and practices to get work done, and how to empower the team to be successful.

Hosted by: Scottish Digital Academy

Empowering Women to Lead Programme

This is a unique leadership programme for women in digital transformation or cyber roles, delivered by Empowering You.

Hosted by: Empowering You

Leading in a Digital World

This programme supports senior leaders transforming their organisation to address the challenges and opportunities presented by our digital world. The programme was previously titled Digital Champions.

Hosted by: Scottish Digital Academy

SCS Digital Ambassador Programme

This programme is for SCS in the Scottish Government and explores how government and the public sector will do digital in the future.

Hosted by: Scottish Digital Academy

Alumni Community

Those completing the Leading in a Digital World Programme or becoming SCS Digital Ambassadors are eligible to enter our alumni community.

Hosted by: Scottish Digital Academy

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