Good self-knowledge provides the basis for effective self-development, selection of appropriate management styles, strengthening resilience, strategic thinking and communication. In other words, it provides the foundation for success in a management role.

Any development a manager undertakes in this area should, at minimum, cover the following topics.

  • The importance of understanding and developing yourself, especially in the context of the changing and complex environment in which the Victorian public sector operates.
  • Understanding the role and responsibilities of the Victorian public sector manager, including the role of a manager to facilitate connections up and across an organisation, model appropriate behaviours and be proactive.
  • Understanding self: personality, strengths, limitations, aspirations, needs, anxieties and preferred ways of working.
  • Undertaking effective self-development and continuous growth in a systematic and targeted way.
  • Undertaking effective transitions
    from one role, organisation, situation or environment to another while maintaining strong and consistent performance.
  • Seeking assistance to understand and develop yourself: knowing when to seek assistance and who to seek it from.

For further information, see Development Guide 1.