About the workshop

New strategic directions and ongoing transformation has created a greater need for effective leadership within the Queensland Public Service. Public sector leaders are now required to undertake work of a more complex nature, operating in an autonomous and strategic manner. As such, emerging leaders eager to take their career to the next level must be equipped with the appropriate tools and strategies to achieve success. This is particularly true at the AO 7-8 banded level, which increasingly requires greater strategic awareness and effective engagement with senior leadership.

Aimed at AO 7-8 level officers and management, this workshop will provide an opportunity to advance core skills and explore the emerging leadership capabilities required for effective AO 7-8 level management. It will explore the core attributes required for successful leadership within the Queensland Public Service and will delve into the practical strategies relating to leading productive teams, improving decision making, applying strategic management thinking and developing key skills for stakeholder engagement. These areas are of increasing importance for AO 7-8 level leaders to perform at a higher level and to reach their full potential.

This interactive workshop will provide participants with a unique professional development opportunity to enhance and refine a solid leadership toolkit. It is ideal for career-driven individuals who aim to unlock their potential and advance their career within the Queensland Public Service.

Queensland Public Sector AO 7-8 High Performance & Leadership Workshop

Understand your strengths and values as an AO 7-8 leader

- Key tasks of adaptive leadership

- Define your personal leadership brand

- Align your leadership strengths with the expectations of your organisation


 Utilise Emotional Intelligence (EQ) to motivate and influence your team and stakeholders

- Use your EQ to focus attention

- Utilise heightened EQ to make effective strategic decisions

- Adapt your leadership style to effectively manage different personalities


Build resilience when working under pressure

- Acting vs reacting upon unexpected developments

- Anticipate and manage risk effectively

- Utilise feedback to improve service delivery and organisational capability


Understand the shift from micro to macro leadership

- Adopt a planned and comprehensive approach to implement organisational change

- Develop and influence key strategic directions

- Collaborate and develop joint solutions with external stakeholders


Key stakeholder relationship management and communication 

- Engage and manage stakeholder expectations during change

- Authoritatively represent and influence on behalf of your agency

- Collaborate and develop joint solutions with external stakeholders

- Recognise links between interconnected issues, identify problems and work ways to resolve them

Build team capability and accountability

- Cultivate your team to take ownership of their success

- Build reliability and accountability in your team

- Successfully align your teams with broader agency strategy and goals

- Develop your team’s resilience to stress and change

Manage team dynamics in complex environments

- Co-create high performance - Establish a culture of peak performance

- Override emotional responses to stressful situations

- Authoritatively represent and influence on behalf of your agency

- Ambiguity tolerance and skills for managing uncertainty

Core approaches for AO 7-8 leaders to advance as an executive leader

- Create an action plan for your career

- Understand the leadership pipeline

- Prepare yourself for executive responsibilities

- Manage transition and identify future leadership priorities

Tailor Your Training Experience

To make sure you get the learning solution that’s right for you, we offer different levels of tailoring to suit your needs. Choose from three levels of customisation:

1.Off the Shelf

Love what you see? Great! Choose this option to take one of our most popular courses and bring it in-house for your team. Includes a pre-course consult session with our facilitator to make sure we hit the mark, and deliver the right learning experience for you.


Make sure you get the most from the course you choose, by tailoring the content to get the right fit for you. Speak to our team, who will work with you to pick and mix from a curated bank of training modules to help customise your learning experience.


Not on the list? Let us know what you’re looking for and we will find the right solution. Our team of learning specialists will work with you to develop a unique training course for your business. Through an in-depth consultation process, we will work with you to profile your learning needs and build a bespoke program from the ground up.

Speak with one of our team today to find which option is right for you.

Who Will Attend

Aspiring, emerging & existing leaders across all disciplines & departments throughout the Queensland Public Sector, including:

- AO 7-8
- Managers
- Officers
- Senior Officers
- Principal Officers
- Advisors
- Senior Advisors

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