Make the leap to the next level
ANZSOG’s Towards Strategic Leadership program uncovers the potential strengths in public service leaders and encourages them to overcome personal obstacles and think more strategically about their everyday practices.
ANZSOG’s Towards Strategic Leadership Program (TSL) is a unique two-week program that helps emerging public service leaders develop the qualities needed to thrive in a senior executive role: a strategic outlook, political astuteness, personal resilience and the capacity to reflect and learn continuously.
TSL creates an environment where learning can happen that cannot take place in a work context filled with day-to-day pressure or a conventional classroom setting.
With a keen focus on personal reflection, TSL is designed to provide participants with a defined sense of purpose, a stronger sense of self and the ability to recognise and manage urgent and important tasks within their department and the larger public administration setting.
As in most ANZSOG programs, participants are viewed as co-contributors to the program – an integral ingredient to the program’s success. In fact, TSL harnesses the knowledge and experience of the participants who, as professional peers, share a common language and a commitment to public service.
We encourage participants to share their experiences within the safety and context of the program’s themes and frameworks, creating a collaborative learning environment that allows everyone to draw on the expertise in the room.
The entire program is run under Chatham House Rule.
TSL is the ideal program for public sector executives, such as Directors and Branch Managers, and those who have moved from an operational to a strategic leadership role in a government or not-for-profit organisation. The program will suit those seeking clarity in their decision-making to help them perform their roles with purpose and good judgment. TSL will provide a tangible boost in confidence and skills for leaders facing senior executive responsibilities for the first time
TSL is not your average leadership program. With innovative and respected program co-directors at the helm, TSL creates a dynamic forum which combines non-traditional learning methods, such as extensive individual and group-based reflection and real-world case studies, with experiential learning and critical thinking.
Across two one-week modules, participants explore:
TSL encourages participants to identify personal and institutional strengths and weaknesses, helping them understand their personal leadership styles, and how their roles fit within their organisation, the broader public sector and the community.
Participants will develop reflective and strategic thinking, and discover tools to discern and address the urgent and strategically important tasks, with an emphasis on integrating them into their everyday practices.
The Live Case Study, a program highlight, moves participants from the abstract into the real world, where they tackle a real issue, experiencing the passion, purpose, innovation, confusion and avoidance that comes with managing a complex adaptive challenge.
At the end of the program, participants will have:
TSL is delivered across two one-week blocks in two separate cities:
Module 1: Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May 2019, Brisbane (Australia)
Module 2: Monday 21 October – Friday 25 October, Melbourne (Australia)
Participants may be nominated by their employers or may nominate themselves. The program offers a maximum of 40 places each year and candidates are reviewed by a selection committee, which assesses each applicant’s level and experience and, where possible, seeks a balance of jurisdictions and departments.
Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University and Associate Dean of the Netherlands School of Public Administration in The Hague. His experience with leadership is based on extensive and close-up research, training and consulting in the Netherlands, Sweden and Australia. His work focuses on political and public service leadership, policy evaluation, public accountability and crisis management. He currently leads a program of research in what makes public policies, organisations and networks particularly successful.
Managing Director of Adaptable Leadership and Principal at Reos Partners, a global consultancy that drives thinking and practice in solving tough, systemic problems. He has extensive experience developing senior public sector leaders as well as executives in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked in Scotland, Australia, the Netherlands, the US and South Africa.
ANZSOG creates and delivers industry-leading educational programs tailored to meet the needs of public sector leaders, who face an array of challenges distinct from those found in private enterprise.
Our programs are designed by government, for government, and led by renowned academics and top practitioners from the government and non-government sectors.
Nominate a public sector executive, such as a Director or Branch Manager, or someone who has moved from an operational to a strategic leadership role in a government or not-for-profit organisation.
The program will suit those seeking clarity in their decision-making to help them perform their roles with purpose and good judgment.
The sponsoring government or agency covers program costs, including tuition fee, program materials, accommodation and most meals.
The ANZSOG experience reaches well beyond the classroom. The national and international networks to which participants gain access to while completing the TSL program will be invaluable throughout their career.
Our Alumni Program helps participants to maintain and build on their peer-to-peer relationships, creating a broad community of public sector managers from around New Zealand, Australia and internationally. This provides an opportunity for ongoing learning and support from peers, greater exposure to different perspectives, and an appreciation of work done, and solutions found, elsewhere.
Participants will have opportunities to apply new learnings and insights to their workplace and are encouraged to share their learnings with others.
We encourage sponsoring managers to facilitate such opportunities for participants to ‘give back’ and add further value as a result of their studies.
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