Leadership for New Managers in Government

Thursday, 14 & 21 March 2024 | 10:00am – 2:30pm AEDT | Online

Training Overview

Key skills to help you transition from a specialist team member to an inspiring team leader

Are you a new manager struggling with team management, feeling a loss of control after excelling as a specialist, or finding challenges in building accountability and trust with former peers?

If yes, you’re not alone. According to a recent study, 26% of first-time managers felt unprepared, and almost 60% lacked training in their initial leadership roles.

Our course is designed for new managers, providing a kick-start to your leadership journey. Combining management principles, coaching, practical tasks, and interactive exercises, it equips you with actionable skills to navigate challenges, build trust, cultivate positive relationships, and master diverse leadership styles.

Who Should Attend

Project Managers, Team Leader, Manager, Assistant Director, Director

Acting Team Leader, Acting Manager, Acting Assistant Director, Acting Director

From the following functions:
HR, People Services, Corporate services, Project Management, Customer Service, IT, Digital

Learning Outcomes

Smoothen your transition from team member to team leader

Build essential leadership and management skills to become an effective team leader

Gain insights to inform your leadership style and management journey

Understand how you can better manage your self to lead others

Meet Your Facilitator

Malcolm Dawes
Managing Director

Malcolm Dawes, a leading authority on people performance and effectiveness, has firsthand experience addressing the challenges senior executives face in enhancing team performance. A recognized expert in behavioral change, he has shared his insights through media appearances, publications, and as a speaker at global conferences. In his latest book, “Team Performance: Why Can’t We All Get Along?”, Malcolm dispels ten myths about unlocking team potential, emphasizing the crucial role of understanding behaviors for leadership and team success.

Key Sessions

Day 1: Module 1Day 1: Module 2 Day 2: Module 3Day 2: Module 4

Leadership and Management

  • Understanding Different Leadership Styles and Their Impact 
    • What kind of leader do you want to be: Understanding how you wish to be perceived and received?
    • Unpacking different leadership style and their impact on productivity, motivation and well-being
    • Identifying your strengths and leaning into them as a leader
    • How to adjust your approach for the situation at hand
  • Management Vs. Leadership
    • Understanding the difference between management and leadership
    • Adapting good management principles to facilitate strategic leadership
    • Mastering management essentials to kick start your leadership journey

Transitioning from Specialist to Leader

  • The Common Challenges faced by New Managers 
    • Mapping out the challenges and obstacles faced by new managers
    • Addressing the added complexity of working with hybrid and remote teams
    • Preparing and planning to overcome the challenges ahead
    • Avoiding the common traps such as micromanaging
  • What you Need to Know When Transitioning from Team Member to Team Leader
    • Recognize differences and clarify responsibilities
    • Adapting to the change in scope and depth of responsibilities and role
    • How to go from colleague to boss: The Dos and Don’ts
  • Breakout Group Activity: Aligning Operational Management to Enable Strategic Leadership

Uplifting your Team

  • Management Essentials for New Leaders
    • Managing yourself to be a better leader
    • Creative decision-making and problem-solving 
  • Building Trust and Credibility
    • How to communicate to build trust
    • Building credibility in your team
    • Cultivating a positive work environment 

Enabling Productivity

  • Goal-Setting and Motivating your Team
    • Discussing effective methods for staff motivation
    • The importance of setting clear goals for operational outcomes
    • How to navigate different personality types
  • Giving Feedback and Holding People to Account
    • How to provide constructive feedback
    • What to avoid doing when providing constructive feedback
    • Dealing with challenging situation
  • Breakout Group Activity: Planning the Next Steps of Your Leadership Development Journey
    • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
    • Setting your goals and priorities
    • Practical next steps


Final Price

$A 1195

per person + GST

Customised in-house options available for teams

Interested in any of our online trainings?

You can also choose to have them delivered in house. We will work closely with our inspiring session facilitators to tailor the content around the key development areas your team are prioritising, shape the learning outcomes around your core departmental challenges and make the most of your L&D and upskilling budget.

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