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What is Organizational Leadership?

Organizational Leadership describes the extent to which the leader’s awareness is focussed on whole system improvement, productivity and branch welfare. Organizational Leadership includes business focussed goal setting for high achievement.

Organizational Leadership aligns with five of BC Corrections’ identified leadership competencies:

Business Competence
Organizational Awareness
Vision & Goal Setting, and

Leaders who demonstrate strong Organizational Leadership skills understand the nature of the branch and the ministry’s business and how it connects to and impacts clients and partners. They think about and navigate the structural, cultural and political nuances of the organization and demonstrate a systems perspective to leverage the resources and capabilities within the ministry. They communicate clearly and model commitment to the purpose and vision of the organization. They allocate work to meet objectives in ways that are both challenging and meaningful for employees. They set high performance standards and hold individuals and teams accountable to achieve results.

Why is Organizational Leadership important?

Developing strong Organizational Leadership ensures that the day-to-day actions within our Centres align with broader business initiatives of the Ministry. Individuals with competency in this area are able to develop trusting and productive relationships with partners across disciplines and hierarchies.

They are able to seek ideas, concerns and needs from stakeholders for mutual benefit on an ongoing basis, and can capitalize on the business unit’s strengths while recognizing limitations. Organizational Leadership skills allow individuals to communicate corporate goals with compelling vision, and to pursue continuous improvement and innovation.

What topics are within the scope of Organizational Leadership?

Each topic below includes information on courses and/or workshops that are recommended on the path of organizational leadership as well as additional optional resources that can be explored.


Accountability is the obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities or accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner.

Appreciative Inquiry

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to organizational change.

Business Skills / Competence

Business skills or competencies are abilities assist individual in accomplishing necessary workplace tasks.

Organizational Knowledge

Organizational knowledge refers to the collective knowledge possessed by people who belong to an organization.

Strategic Awareness

Strategic awareness is the process of combining real world knowledge with a strategy for achieving future goals.

Succession Planning

Succession planning is the process of continuously planning for and supporting the development of future leaders.

Sample Recommended Courses
Defensible Investigations
Accountability, Business Skills / Competence, Integrity, Organizational Knowledge, Organizational Leadership, Personal Leadership, Scheduled Courses, Strategic Awareness
In this workshop, Marli Rusen will introduce leaders to her MIRROR Method - a practical and legally defensible framework to follow to ensure that they conduct - and are seen to conduct - fair and objective workplace reviews (From: Marli Rusen; Mode: In-person, scheduled course; Next offered: TBA).
Project Management 101: Project Foundations
Business Skills / Competence, Organizational Leadership
This Public Service Agency course introduces you to foundational concepts found in project management and how they are used within the context of the BC Public Service. (From: Public Service Agency; Mode: Independent learning, online module; Next offered: ongoing).
PCMP 110: Procurement Foundations
Business Skills / Competence, Organizational Leadership
This Public Service Agency course highlights the roles, accountabilities, key principles and seven phases of the life cycle of the procurement and contract management process (From: Public Service Agency; Mode: Independent learning, online module; Next offered: ongoing).
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