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Postgraduate Diploma – Leadership criteria for assessment in the Achievement Portfolio

1. Leading and Developing Others
Present evidence as for the Graduate Diploma but with groups of 30 or more people for a minimum of 2 years. Staff development at individual and team level should be evident through plans, reports and feedback. The work of the group will often be complex and non-routine. The choices made are likely to affect the organization in a significant way, financially, competitively or organizationally.

2. Developing Capability and Capacity
Give one example of preparing for a favourable change and one example of preparing for an unfavourable change. In both cases, the anticipated events should have occurred. The candidate should write a reflective report on the adequacy of the capacity building at the time.

3. Making Sense of Complexity and Ambiguity
Present evidence showing how you have made sense of complex and ambiguous issues for a larger group of 30 or more people. Include a description of the issues and the strategies you developed and employed. The issues are likely to have been of major importance with significant impact on the organization. Reflect on the issues and comment on the impact your actions had on the people concerned.

4. Leading Change
Present evidence of leading change in groups of 30 or more people. The changes will be of major importance with significant impact on the organization. The evidence should illustrate the issues giving rise to the change and describe the situation following the change. Reflect on the handling of the change and comment on what you might do differently next time.

5. Ethics
Present evidence about two decisions you have taken based on ethical principles that have impacted groups of 30 or more people. The evidence should illustrate the issues giving rise to the decisions and the consequences of the decisions. Reflect on the decisions and comment on their outcome and the implications for staff development. Provide evidence of how ethics has been incorporated into staff development programmes.

6. Integrity
Present evidence which describes how you have demonstrated your integrity in the past in circumstances which were important for a larger group of 30 or more people. Reflect on the situations and comment on the impact your behaviour had on the people concerned.

7. Influencing
As for the Graduate Diploma but the impacts in both examples should have been very significant for the organization in terms of the size and scope of the organization (including the financial element) and the structure of the organization itself. Reflect on the events and write a report on what influencing tactics were used, how effective they were and what are the implications for the use of such tactics by others in your organization.

8. Ceremony
Candidates should provide evidence of 2 ceremonies they conduct. This is likely to involve large groups of people for more than 1 hour such as awards ceremonies. Reflect and write a report on the importance of ritual and ceremony in your organization.

9. Handling Cultural Diversity
Present evidence on how you have handled both internal and external issues of cultural diversity. The issues will be potentially very significant financially, competitively, operationally or organizationally. Staff development on handling cultural diversity at individual and team level should be evident through plans, reports and feedback.

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