Strategic Leadership and Planning for Public Administrators
Current realities of globalisation, technological advancement, increased competition, dynamic workforce, fragile markets and economic conditions, and scarcity of resources, among others, all increase the complexity of modern day management.
Consequently, organisations can easily lose a sense of mission and direction, hence public and civil society leaders need skills, knowledge, and tools to respond effectively and swiftly to translate planning into action. Whereas strategic planning was a competitive advantage in the past, it is a necessity of global thinking in this century.
Planning strategically is certainly a new requirement in both the National and global business world. In order to survive the new business challenge, global thinking and practice all management level personnel must think strategically and plan with a global mindset. In addition, recent studies have concluded that organisations engaged in strategic management have outperformed those who do not.
All organisations of any reasonable size must imbibe the strategic planning mindset to be able to survive in today’s corporate climate. Strategic planning enables organisations to remain proactive, competitive, and develop calculated methods to resolve interrelated sets or problems and issues from an eagle–eye perspective.
It is a process of thinking through myriad choices and developing appropriate alternatives to resolve issues and problems. Planning also has a combining quality, as it brings innovative leaders together and enables them to share and promote their vision. Good planning promotes teamwork, improves knowledge of the organisation, fosters better communication across functions, and improves managerial skills. It establishes a pattern of success and growth and helps organisations to influence and control their environment.
It is a necessary process for gaining competitive advantage, requiring the active participation of all functional areas and for improving performance. It is a must–attend for any forward thinking public sector top management and heads of departments and units.
- Exhibit greater clarity of contextual aspects of planning, confidence, and productivity
- Develop a better alignment and deeper understanding of common priorities for performance improvement
- Become better able to apply the dynamics and execution of the strategic planning process
- Be able to seamlessly apply the strategy formulation process to workplace situations
- Be able to appraise their organisation’s environment and formulate organisational, corporate, business and functional strategies
- Become better able to improve, simplify and execute organisational culture and structure
Who should attend
The programme is ideal for public sector and civil society senior management personnel, including heads of departments and units such as directors, general managers, and deputy general managers.