Challenges are on the horizon for the Australian Public Service, according to Canberra Times. Digital technology, an ageing workforce, and budget repair require decisive action by the agency — so the APS is responding with agility. The APS Commissioner, John Lloyd, is focusing on building an employment framework that supports and promotes the development of an agile workforce.
The issues confronting government are becoming more complex and so a capacity to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty will be valued. The community rightly demands a lot of government. Accordingly, APS leaders will need to engage constructively with the community and business.
It is also important that APS leaders be people who are decisive and resilient. Consultation is often required but it can be overdone. A leader must know when it is necessary to take a decision and get on with it. This may mean that not everyone agrees with the course of action and will be critical. Good leaders can cope with contested or critical views.