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Welcome to the leadership learning pathway for managers in Scotland’s social services.

As a manager, your leadership skills can make a real difference to the service that you deliver and to the outcomes achieved. You’ve also got an important role to play in empowering others within your organisation to develop and use their own leadership skills. This includes empowering the people who use your service and their carers.

Social care operates in an increasingly complex, challenging and changing environment. Working effectively in partnership can help provide best value and improved outcomes for people who use our services. The need for effective leadership of these collaborations is important. As a manager it is an area that you may wish to develop further.

Getting started

Before exploring the resources, take some time to think about what you want to achieve by developing your leadership skills and how you would like to develop as a leader. We've provided some questions and tools to help you plan your pathway.

Find resources

You will find six leadership capabilities in the box below. The leadership capabilities describe the different elements that make up effective leadership in social services. Click on a leadership capability to access learning resources and find information about how to develop your skills in that area.

Use the organisational capabilities to assist you to develop an enabling and learning culture to support leadership at all levels within your team.



Plan Your Pathway

Everyone's leadership learning is different.  We've put together a selection of tools to help you assess where you are now and what you want to achieve on your leadership journey.

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Standards & Qualifications

There are a range of standards that people working in social services must meet in their job roles and some of these relate to leadership.

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360degree tool

Leadership for Integration programme

A programme of leadership learning offered by NES, the RCGP in Scotland and the SSSC. Read more about ‘You as a collaborative leader’ and ‘Collaborative leadership in practice.'

Middle Manager Leadership Learning Framework

We have developed a framework to support middle managers with their leadership learning.

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Chief Social Work Officer Qualification

Scotland’s most senior social workers will be able to embark upon a new postgraduate qualification for Chief Social Work Officers.

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