The Submarines Leadership Fundamentals programme was created to equip ‘new in role’ leaders to perform capably and effectively in a complex, safety critical environment. The programme was identified as key to the successful delivery of Submarines’ business challenges in alignment with their Business Unit People Strategy, which also included developing the Strengthening Leaders and Leading Leaders Programmes.
Following feedback from internal surveys, Submarines recognised that the programme needed to focus more on leadership skills and less on technical management skills. The surveys identified the need to close the ‘say–do gap’ and ensure that ‘leadership actions matched leadership words.’
The key challenge was to develop a compelling program that enabled ‘new in role’ people managers to become self-aware, learning the correct mix of leadership and technical management skills.