Public sector leaders should make equality, inclusivity and diversity central to their transformation programmes, says Socitm.
In a new briefing – which should probably be studied by Hollywood bigwigs as well as some in Westminster if recent news headlines are anything to go by – we call on local government leaders to ‘realise the benefits of leading, managing, designing and delivering innovative and transformative change’.
According to the briefing, equality, inclusivity and diversity should extend beyond leadership to every tier, department and function in organisations and across the places in which they operate.
The briefing states: ‘Equality of opportunity and inclusivity of diverse backgrounds, mindsets, beliefs and experiences bring with them new ideas, new energy, new understanding and new innovative approaches. These are assets that are vital to any organisation, not just local government and its digital and IT teams.’
And recommendations are made to help point organisations in the right direction, including exploring opportunities for degree apprenticeships with colleges and universities, and encouraging routes to the top for people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Martin Ferguson, Socitm’s Director of Policy and Research, said: ‘Digital technology is now centre stage in enabling transformation, bringing with it far-reaching leadership, cultural and organisational challenges. That’s why we’re placing a greater priority on the people and cultural aspects of leading, managing, designing and delivering innovative and transformative change.
‘Socitm is making a special call to local government leaders to embrace the issues raised in the briefing and to take action on the recommendations made. The time to act is now, if digital and IT are to realise their full potential in transforming local public services.’
Embracing equality, inclusivity and diversity in delivering innovative and transformative change can be downloaded here.