Leadership module 1 programme_Strategic leadership, good governance and policy formulation

01 December - 02 December 2015 Danilovgrad,Montenegro Training

The Regional School of Public Administration in partnership with the British Council is launching a 5-month intensive Regional Public Administration Capacity Building Programme, which is to be delivered between November 2015 and March 2016. The programme aims at building capacities of the public administrations of the Western Balkan countries through improving institutional leadership and developing professional skills of the civil servants of ReSPA Members and Kosovo*.  The project is funded by the UK Government through the British Embassy Podgorica.

ReSPA would like to announce the three training modules on leadership which aim to enhance leadership skills of regional senior level officials and institutional leaders. It will be important for those attending to be able to apply the learning and have nominal if not actual authority to take action. The overall objectives for the workshops are to: a) enhance participants’ understanding of leadership in public service policy and delivery; b) develop a suite of leadership skills, including prioritising, communication, team work and change management, and c) develop self-awareness and personal effectiveness.


The same group of 24 participants (4 per ReSPA Member and Kosovo*) who will go through all three modules for leaders between December 2015 and March 2016. The participants should also commit to inter-module action. The participants should have senior management position in the public administration and ready to attend all three modules.

1.1 Strategic leadership, good governance and policy formulation (2-day training on 01-02 December 2015)

·         Managing personal learning through the programme and techniques for applying and implementing;

·         Public service overview - seeing the big picture and defining the purpose and

function of public service; delivering services to citizens and stakeholders

(national, local, business, men, women, children etc.);

·         Leadership and good governance – a self-assessment exercise, analysis and priorities;

·         Leadership, strategy and modern policy making: setting policy outcomes, direction and goals,

‘joined up’ government; politics, evidence and delivery;

·         Strategic leadership, taking the longer and wider view; e.g. scenario planning, envisioning the future public service in the context of EU accession and membership;

·         Principles of leading change in public services of the Western Balkans;

·         End-of-module action planning.

Inter-module application: country learning set meeting to examine how group members could adopt and apply issues

raised in their Ministries; self-assessment against practical leadership skills.

1.2 Practical leadership skills: turning plans into action (2-day training on 21-22 January 2016)

·         Presenting ideas and actions since module 1;

·         Horizon scanning; identifying strengths, weaknesses opportunities and threats (SWOT) in the administrations; developing strategies to address them;

·         SMART working: objectives, success indicators, monitoring and evaluation, capturing relevant


·         Engaging leadership - analysing workplace culture; shaping values, behaviour and attitudes,

understanding engagement and the role of the leader;

·         Leading high performing  teams, delegating responsibility, coaching and mentoring; building capacity; applying appropriate development solutions;

·         Group problem-solving, analytical and creativity skills;

·         End of module action planning.

Inter-module application: country learning set meeting to examine how group members could adopt and apply issues

raised in their Ministries. Work diary - 2 week time analysis for use in module 3; resilience questionnaire.

1.3 Practical leadership skills: personal effectiveness and impact (2-day training on 17-18 March 2016)

·         Presenting personal impact and application of skills since module 2;

·         Leadership competencies – what  leaders must do well in a political environment;

·         Personal skills, style qualities and values;

·         Organising work, time and managing priorities;

·         Taking responsibility, making decisions, developing personal resilience;  

·         Communication and influencing – getting support from above and below;

·         Leading and navigating change;

·         Personal SWOT and personal development plan - maximizing the impact of the programme.

Post-module application: country learning set meeting to continue to examine how group members could adopt and

apply issues raised in their Ministries.

We would kindly ask all interested participants to submit their completed Application forms and Approval letters by 25th November 2015 to following email address: logistics@respaweb.eu


Only those candidates who meet required criteria of selection will be contacted for further proceedings.

ReSPA will cover accommodation costs including full board on location, international travel and daily allowance. Practical information sheet with general rules which apply for all ReSPA events can be found on ReSPA website (www.respaweb.eu). A detailed Practical information sheet, tailored for the event in question, will be sent to the participants upon their registration. Please note that in case of cancellation, the costs of flight tickets will be shared between ReSPA and the participants’ respective institutions.


* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence



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