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Reflective tool: Leadership and culture

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Leadership and culture support the development of common aspirations, build understanding and support opportunities and conditions that enable integrated working.

Leadership provided through boards, management committees and observed in service managers, coordinators and community members is a crucial enabler of integration. Integration is a challenge that takes patience and commitment and requires leadership that is influential, creative, and able to identify and stick to a long term strategy.

Organisational cultures that promote openness, trust and respect, as well as supporting staff to work towards a shared vision, common goals, understanding, and nurturing potential leaders are vital.

Starting to think

In your environment, does leadership and culture enable integrated early childhood development?


The questions below will explore how leadership and culture enable the service delivery elements of the model.

How is leadership organised within universal or targeted services?

How does the leadership and culture enable individuals and teams to work in a multidisciplinary approach?

Is evidence-based practice prioritised?

Is there a culture of effective partnership arrangements?

Does leadership find ways for the community to reach services through multiple access points?

Does leadership ensure all staff work in an inclusive and culturally competent manner?

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This page was last reviewed on 16 Aug 2013

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