Public Service Leadership

The objective is that Finland's public administration will continue to be a shining example of the reforming Nordic model in which well-functioning and cost-effective administration is a national success factor. As part of the public sector, central government is able to secure the sustainable development of the national economy and the wellbeing of citizens. Strategic capabilities and proactive management help Finland succeed in international competition. 

Public service leadership is built on a set of values in which the emphasis is on the principles of good administration and the requirements of professional management. Its special features are related especially to political steering, the regulation of public finances, legislation and the requirement for the publicity of information. Individuals holding senior managerial positions in public administration play a key role in the implementation of the objectives set by the Government. Management as a whole is based on the Government’s societal objectives and the needs of citizens and customers. 

A reform of the administrative structures and management systems is supported by reforming manage-ment and the entire management culture. Trust and collaboration are important resources that are sup-ported by Group-like cross-administrative processes and operating methods. Sustainable development can-not be achieved without taking into account the special features of public service leadership, interaction and learning from the management practices of other sectors. 

The Ministry of Finance models and supports the management reform in central government. The work is based on the view of good management, in which the key areas are the implementation and service capacity of the administration, exemplary personnel management, the realisation of good governance and bold change management. 

Vision and focus areas in the development of management

Good governance requires both continuity and change also in the future. Under the Ministry of Finance, public administration will be reformed as one entity to secure the stability and integrity of society.  

In the management of large and complex phenomena, the emphasis should be on cross-administrative objectives and cooperation between individual sectors, administrative branches and agencies. Rapid changes 

in the operating environment bring new priorities to management practices and their development. The most important change drivers and future focus areas of development are the emphasis on knowledge-based management, digitalisation and artificial intelligence, and the role of a sufficiently uniform and dynamic operating culture and trust between individual actors as key resources.  

The vision of Antti Rinne’s Government is that in 2030, Finland will be a society based on socially, ecologically and economically sustainable development and with the best public administration in the world. In the vision, public administration, i.e. both central and local administration, forms an entity that is capable of responding to the requirements of the operating environment with a phenomenon-based approach. The Government will draw up a public administration strategy, in which the key objective is to improve the quality and availability of the services received by citizens. 

The Government Programme of Sanna Marin’s Government