Extraordinary times – extraordinary events.
We have witnessed bitter political rivals put aside their differences last week to form a political alliance not observed in the UK in decades. There are key leadership lessons to be gleaned from the UK’s governance and economic situation – the manifestation of which produced affiliation between previous political foes.
In terms of leadership lessons learned I stress the importance of the ‘situation’ descriptor. Challenging situations require situational leadership, where an adaptive leadership style produces innovation, co-operation and commitment to a common cause.
In the two London Boroughs I work for, two different political administrations have worked together to create a unique HR shared service – in fact all three main political parties have contributed to produce a unique outcome that provides efficiency and cost reduction locally to the tune of saving £500,000 each year in the cost of HR.
Replicate this approach and level of savings across the public sector and surely we’d be a long way down the road to address the national debt?
Dean Shoesmith – PPMA President