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RGU shortlisted for leadership development award

The Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been shortlisted for the 'Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development' award in The Times Higher Awards 2006.

In 2002 RGU set out to improve the leadership skills of its senior managers and to date two thirds of its 60-strong senior management team have been through the programme.

David Briggs, Director of Human Resources at RGU said, "We are extremely pleased that RGU has been recognised for its commitment to the development of its leaders and managers.

"We have developed and introduced a 360 degree feedback process which is widely used in the private sector. Confidential feedback is given by a manager's boss, peers and direct reports on qualities and behaviours considered vital to the University's mission. This was developed with additional 1:1 feedback from a personal coach, plus team coaching. Additional development programmes have been prioritised according to the development needs identified.

"In the last year, the University has also made major steps forward with our programme of development by taking stock of our progress to date through an employee commitment survey and conducting a further Investors in People review.

"With the help of external consultants Penna, the University has developed a comprehensive leadership behaviours model strongly aligned to the RGU vision, mission and values. This has been used to develop and implement a revised 360 feedback process for use throughout the University at all levels of management.

Briggs added: "In addition, by developing and implementing an RGU 'framework for good management practice', we have in effect set a management and leadership standard for RGU which we now aspire to by recruiting and developing people who share our values and aspire to these standards.

"The framework is critical to our ongoing leadership development and the future success of RGU - it forms a fundamental starting point for all future management and leadership development activity as well as providing an assessment process that managers can use to self-evaluate their skills and development needs as well as feeding into our employee review process."

The award winners will be announced at The Times Higher Awards 2006 dinner at the Hilton Hotel, London on 15th November.

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