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New Directors Program

The New Directors Program (NDP) provides an opportunity for new executives to better understand their role as a director within the Government of Canada. The program's aim is to equip new executives with the skills they need to effectively lead in today's work environment.

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About the program

As of March 2021, the New Directors Program is being offered exclusively as a virtual edition.

The New Directors Program (virtual edition) provides an opportunity for new executives to better understand their role as a director within the Government of Canada. The program's aim is to equip new executives with the skills they need to effectively lead in today's work environment. Participants will explore a variety of leadership topics to help them navigate complexities, be resilient and adaptable in times of change, and enhance their key leadership competencies as a new executive.

Topics include:

  • understanding the director's role in modern government systems and processes, including the new digital standards
  • strengthening self-awareness and the skills to build resilience, lead, engage and collaborate
  • exploring the director's role in creating a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace
  • developing leadership agility and capacity to navigate complexity

The New Directors Program (virtual edition) is cohort-based and is comprised of nine modules, which participants must follow sequentially over a period of three months. These modules include virtual learning sessions, independent and group work, a psychometric self-assessment, and participation in a 360-degree feedback process. Throughout the program, participants will also engage in peer coaching sessions and leadership group discussions.

Timeline

Month 1: Orientation

During the first month, participants will focus on building and fostering a productive virtual network, explore leadership styles and the importance of self-awareness for executives. Participants will have an opportunity to meet and learn with other new executives, apply peer coaching techniques to gain new perspectives on their role as director and explore how their personal preferences affect their leadership style. Participants will also engage in peer coaching sessions and leadership group discussions.

  • Module 1: Program Orientation
  • Module 2: Insights Discovery into Leadership
  • Module 3: Coaching and Leadership
  • Peer Coaching Session #1
  • Module 4: Insights Discovery into Influencing (self-paced)
  • Module 5: Insights Discovery into Stress Management (self-paced)
  • Leadership Group Discussion #1

Month 2: Leadership

During the second month, participants will continue to develop their key leadership competencies with a focus on being an agile and inclusive leader. Participants will explore issues critical for leading and navigating complex environments while deepening their personal perspectives on leadership. Participants will also engage in peer coaching sessions and leadership group discussions.

  • Module 6: Leading with Agility
  • Module 7: Inclusive Leadership
  • Leadership Group Discussion #2
  • Peer Coaching Session #2

Month 3: Insights

During the third and final month, learners will reflect on key leadership lessons and insights. This will be done with peers and the support of a senior leader with a forward –looking view of taking action and achieving results. Participants will also engage in peer coaching sessions and leadership group discussions.

  • Module 8: Conversation with a Senior Leader
  • Module 9: Continuing the Journey

360° Feedback assessment

The Public Service Commission's Personnel Psychology Centre (PPC) offers a 360° feedback tool that presents a unique opportunity for personal development and self-reflection through meaningful insight into how others perceive your leadership competencies, and how these perceptions compare to your own self-perception.

Each participant of the New Director's Program will be given the opportunity to complete the PPC's 360° feedback assessment. The 360° debriefs will begin during the program and may continue post-program depending on availability and scheduling compatibilities.

Learn more about the PPC's 360° feedback instruments and services.

Videos

The following videos offer participants additional information on the 360° assessment and the various steps involved in the evaluation process.

Eligibility

To qualify, participants must either:

  • occupy a director position (EX-01 or equivalent) and have less than 18 months' experience
  • be acting in a director position for a minimum of 6 months

Schedule

View the cohort schedule GCcampus login required

How to register

If you have been identified as an eligible participant and assigned to the New Director's Program by your departmental Required Training Coordinator (RTC), you can call the School's Client Contact Centre to register. You will then receive a confirmation email with further instructions.

Frequently asked questions

FAQ: New Directors Program (virtual edition) GCcampus login required

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