Leadership Development

We believe that individuals own their own development

Leadership Development

Using our Leadership Profile and our talent management process we want to offer tailored development opportunities to maximise your personal potential across our complex health and care system.

The project lift leadership development approach is all about fostering and enabling learning in practice and from practice. It is informed by the concept of ‘vertical development’, ie. helping you to understand and make sense of your context as you develop your capacity to think and act differently.  For examples of programmes that have this at the heart of their design you can read about Leadership3 (Leadership Cubed) below or take a look at the HR Senior Leadership Programme.

To find out what development is most relevant to you are in your career journey,  you can use your SAQ report.  Whenever you feel ready, you can start by registering on the app and completing your profile and SAQ – you can login here to get started.

A few things that are helpful to note:


There are many ways to actively take your own leadership development forward using your SAQ report and your own leadership interests:

  • Our Brought To You by Project Lift pages show a variety of leadership development offers, some of them are seasonal, some targets to specific groups and some are open to all.
  • Our Communities page shows you a range of ways to engage to support your leadership development through connecting with others, a range of events and links to live work
  • Our Resources are now fully searchable and you can search on specific sections of your SAQ, our ethos or other popular leadership topics
  • We also have a Project Lift page within the Leadership and Management Zone, signposting great leadership development, networks and learning approaches to support you planning your career journey.

This approach is embodied in our new national programme for aspiring directors leadership cubed which focuses on these three levels of impact:

  • Self – reflecting on, understanding and developing yourself as a person and as a leader.
  • Team – learning more about leading and working effectively within teams as well as bringing learning from your development into the live work in your own team and with other teams across the organisation / system.
  • System – understanding the systemic context, how to think and lead systemically, and learning (and reflecting) about working collaboratively across the system through live collaborative leadership work.

In leadership cubed we will start with your real experience of health and care in Scotland. Being a leader in health and care is tough – and at the same time it is very rewarding. We will provide space in which you can share, learn from and make sense of your current leadership experiences, before exploring your next steps as a leader.