Learning & Development for OPS Executives
Building Leadership Capacity in the Ontario Public Service
As the modernization and transformation of our public service continues, our successes
will be a direct result of our people and their ability to learn, lead and thrive
in a changing environment. In the Ontario Public Service we are focused on building
our dynamic leadership capacity.
Ontario Public Service Leader-Manager Competencies
Dynamic Ontario Public Service Executives demonstrate four Leader-Manager Competencies.
Ontario Public Service Leader-Manager competencies are applied as part of the assessment
criteria for Ontario Public Service executive positions.
Ontario Public Service Personal Attributes
Dynamic leaders also demonstrate fundamental personal attributes that complement
the Leader-Manager competency model: self-awareness and integrity
Executive Development Programming
Ontario Public Service executives participate in an annual talent assessment process
and discuss targeted learning and development strategies with their managers, to
ensure they receive the learning supports they need to be successful in their current
role, or to facilitate their development and growth for a future role in the organization.
Some of the executive learning and development strategies may include:
Ontario Public Service Leadership Development Programs
Several ministries within the Ontario Public Service have leadership development
programs in which executives can enrol in order to enhance or develop their leadership
External Executive Leadership Education Programs
Ontario Public Service executives can be nominated for participation in one of a
number of executive leadership development programs at Ontario universities and
leadership development institutes, including the Public Executive Program at Queen’s
University, the Ivey Executive Program at the University of Western Ontario and
the Schulich Executive Program at York University.
Ontario Public Service executives can consider temporary Ontario Public Service
developmental assignments or projects that align with their development needs and
Ontario Public Service executives may undergo external assessments in order to receive
directional guidance and constructive feedback in building leadership skills and
mastering the Leader-Manager competencies and personal attributes. External assessments
may include: direct observation, competency-based assessments, psychometric assessment
instruments and 360 degree assessments.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) Assessment
Ontario Public Service executives may undergo an Emotional Intelligence (EI) assessment
to assist in the examination of their emotional and social strengths, as well as
the weaknesses that could impede high performance. Emotional intelligence assessment
and coaching services can guide Ontario Public Service leaders to better understand,
develop and harness their emotional intelligence in order to achieve improved results
in the workplace.
Ontario Public Service executives may partner with a mentor or coach to enrich their
learning and development in a particular field of expertise, business area or Leader-Manager
Internal/External Learning & Development Courses
Ontario Public Service executives can access internal corporate training and select
from over 90 courses offered at multiple times and locations throughout the province.
In addition, Ontario Public Service executives may also explore external courses
or learning opportunities that align with their developmental goals.