Although every day is different we all come to work for the same thing, to achieve our vision ‘To create a better and fairer Salford and provide the best possible quality of life for the people of the city’.
To achieve this vision we’ve identified our eight key priorities, which we’ve called the Great Eight. These are:
Our City Mayor Paul Dennett has set out this vision and whatever role we have, we are all here to make that vision a reality.
This vision gives our people direction and a shared sense of purpose.
To achieve this vision, we have a strong set of values. Pride, passion, people and personal responsibility capture the spirit and ambition of the city and inform the way we operate. They influence our choices, behaviours and how we make decisions and transform services. Living the values day in and day out creates a supportive environment which allows us ‘to be the best we can be’ and achieve our vision.
At the heart of the council the Spirit of Salford represents our culture, our social conscience and pride – our organisation is about
people and the communities that we serve. We are renowned for our resilience and coping positively with change and we make the
most of opportunities.
Our vision is for a better and fairer Salford providing the best possible quality of life for the people of the city, underpinned by the delivery of our Mayoral priorities - the Great Eight. This vision sets the bar high, presenting challenges and opportunities for everyone who works here to deliver high quality services for our residents and to achieve better outcomes. We deliver our frontline services through people and technology working together. We take every opportunity to think more creatively about how we deliver these services by working with our partners and developing a different relationship between public services, our residents and communities.
Salford is people-centred, and values based, and the Spirit of Salford is tangible throughout the city. To ensure that we can respond to an ever-changing environment and continue to strengthen our culture we need strong, values-based leadership.
Values-based leadership is about inspiring and motivating others to achieve high performance; creating a culture where people feel valued, empowered, and developed to do the very best job they can; modelling our values and embedding them into the way our people behave and deliver services; and demonstrating the Spirit of Salford in everything we do.
In Salford leadership is action and not a position - we lead through our behaviours and not through hierarchies or structures. What you do and how you behave is instrumental in developing a positive permission culture where all our people are empowered to develop different ways of doing things.
Through demonstrating our leadership behaviours, you will be able to develop the values-based leadership skills and ways of working required to be successful in leading our organisation and shaping our city.
In order to achieve our vision and meet our aim that all individuals and teams benefit from excellent leadership, we need leaders that will truly help build a better fairer Salford for all.
Our Leadership framework sets this out in more detail, outlining the expectations we have of our leaders at all levels. Our leadership
behaviours are all about values based leadership focusing on:
Our values describe the personal qualities that all our people demonstrate when carrying out their roles. Putting the values in to practice across the whole organisation creates a supportive, values based, inclusive and positive environment which allows everyone to thrive and ‘be the best we can be.’
“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” Bob Nelson
Great leadership in Salford is...
Leaders in Salford are able to create a common purpose, know when and how to bring people together to solve problems, develop the right people for group and individual activities, influence others at all levels across the organisation and city.
Leaders in Salford are values driven, human and trustworthy. Their behaviour is consistent and ethical, they follow through and deliver on commitments. They show kindness and compassion and are able to balance the needs of individuals and those of the organisation, so that people can trust them to lead, as well as trust them as human beings. They promote a positive permission culture where employees have permission to make the decisions that are in our people and residents’ best interests.
Leading the way focusses on the bigger picture. It requires a deep understanding of our different ways of working and bold and insightful knowledge of current and future demands on services. It’s also about how as a leader in Salford you can connect with our city and Greater Manchester ambitions and find innovative ways of doing things together. Always taking a strengths based approach based on co-design and co-production with residents and employees at the heart of change.
Leaders in Salford focus on achieving results through and with others.
Effective leadership requires you to draw upon your values, strengths and abilities to deliver high standards of service. To do so, you must demonstrate effectiveness in:
Effective leadership requires you to work with others, in teams and networks, to deliver and improve services. To do so, you
must demonstrate effectiveness in:
Effective leadership involves leading, directing and coordinating the work of others. To do so, you must be effective in:
Effective leadership requires you to contribute to the strategy and aspirations of the organisation and the City of Salford. To do so, you must be effective in:
Creative, innovative and ambitious for the city in a fast paced, ever changing environment.
Honesty and Integrity
Live our values and do the right thing.
Trusted, value each person and their contribution, show kindness, compassion, empathy and respect.
Future focussed with the ability to take the right decision at the right time.
Connect, collaborate and communicate.
Inspires people, leads the way, knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
Treats people fairly, values and welcomes diversity, respects people’s identity, listens to others and enables and magnifies the voice of under-represented groups.
We take a blended approach to development, we offer activities, training and tools to support your learning, we also encourage taking personal responsibility for your own development, which is key to your success.
There are opportunities available to you to learn, grow and develop for each leadership behaviour.