Leaders in Action Pathway

Leaders in Action Pathway

Respect - Integrity - Accountability - Excellence


Islanders expect and deserve high quality service from all employees. Departments across government have human resource plans designed to recruit, retain and engage knowledgeable and skilled employees to meet these expectations.  Succession planning is a component of these plans with professional development as one of the critical strategies for success.

The Leaders in Action Pathway is available to all classified civil service employees who are interested in developing their leadership skills and are committed to assuming a senior leadership role and position in the public service as part of their career plan.

Why do we need the Leaders in Action Pathway?

The Public Service Commission (PSC) wants to continue to build capacity and develop strong leadership within the public service to support government’s strategic directions. As we move into the post-pandemic world, it is evident that these major shifts are immediate:

Digital government: Islanders are accessing more of the services they need when, where, and however they choose; and Government is delivering services more efficiently and more effectively for Islanders. Cybersecurity is paramount.

The future of work is changing. There are shortages in labour markets; career paths increasingly change; there is a need for upskilling & re-skilling; and there is increased demand for flexibility and remote work options for employees.

Demographic and diversity shifts: Public service demographics indicate that there is an increased percentage of employees who will be eligible to retire soon. In addition, there is an increasingly diverse population in PEI, and a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion within the public service.

Succession management: Employee Engagement Survey results consistently demonstrate that employees want ongoing development and career growth opportunities within the public service.  It is also crucial to develop, manage, and retain the high-quality talent that we have within the public service.

Developing and improving leadership and management competencies are critical to the success of the public service.  Your personal development and growth will help you to lead yourself, your team, and the organization effectively.

Here is your opportunity to:

       •    Learn the latest in leadership theory and explore new technologies
       •    Broaden your knowledge of Government and its strategic directions for PEI
       •    Share your knowledge and experiences
       •    Network with colleagues
       •    Increase self-confidence

Develop in the following areas of leadership:

       •    Self-awareness and influence
       •    Ethics and values
       •    Organization awareness
       •    Client focus
       •    Relationship development
       •    People development
       •    Collaboration and team development
       •    Orientation to results
       •    Strategic and innovative thinking

Work on a corporate project

       •    As a participant in the pathway you will be expected to actively contribute to a corporate project that will be determined by senior leadership. It is intended that the results of your project work will have a positive impact for one of government’s public service priorities.    
       •    Both your learning sessions and support for the corporate project will be provided by both internal and external, public and private sector, subject content experts.

What is expected of participants in the Leaders in Action Pathway

As a participant in the Leaders in Action Pathway, you will be expected to:   

       •    Attend one to two days of pre-scheduled learning sessions per month, over an eighteen to twenty- four-month period;
       •    Develop a personal learning plan;
       •    Complete five hours, on average, per month on individual learning;
       •    Participate actively in a corporate project (hours per month TBD).

Who is eligible to apply?

The Leaders in Action Pathway is accessible to all classified civil service employees, regardless of position. This will enable employees to develop and grow leadership skills and knowledge. Employees who are selected to participate in this pathway should have the desire to assume senior leadership roles and positions within the public service.     

A diverse group of twenty-four (24) employees from across the civil service will be selected to participate in the first cohort for the launch of this pathway.   
Who is responsible for the Leaders in Action Pathway?

The PSC is responsible for the development of this pathway.  The Corporate HR Planner, with designated PSC resources, designs, administers and coordinates the program.

Application and selection process
       1.    Applications are submitted to the Corporate HR Planner.
       2.    The PSC compiles an inventory of the applications.
       3.    The application forms are ranked based on consistent corporate evaluation criteria.
       4.    There is at least one participant from each department.
       5.    A panel evaluated and select final participants.
       6.    All applicants were informed of their application outcome, by April 1, 2022.

Will there be other Leaders in Action pathway available in the future?

It is likely that there will be other cohorts selected in the future.

The province recognizes the importance of investing in individuals who are ready, willing and able to continue their development and commit to assuming the responsibilities of senior leadership positions within the public service on an ongoing basis.