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About the programme

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The programme outline

The inaugural 8-month leadership development programme will run from April 2020 until November 2020.

The programme will be delivered through four core modalities:

  • Accredited short course training, consisting of three modules delivered in a blended format (residential component, followed by online learning).
  • Personal coaching: each participant will benefit from six individual coaching sessions to support their personal learning journey.
  • Mentoring and peer network support: all participants will receive training in mentorship and will be paired with a mentor; the programme will support the development of a peer network through both in-person and online networking opportunities.
  • Webinars: quarterly webinars focussing on specific content areas will support participants’ learning journeys and provide for continuity of learning and ongoing opportunities for peer connection. The webinar series will also be available to participants beyond those enrolled in each programme cohort.

Expected programme outcomes

This programme is designed to empower participants by building their personal agency, capacity, resilience and solidarity, enabling them to achieve the following overarching learning outcomes, namely to demonstrate:

  • Greater self-knowledge to enhance leadership practices
  • Innovation in the management of decision-making and implementation processes, informed by a critical analysis of both context and existing (and anticipated) problems/challenges
  • An understanding of team dynamics and ability to shape these
  • An understanding and ability to manage change within the work context and measure impact
  • An understanding of and ability to engage communities and other stakeholders

Participants in the programme will be supported on their intensive journeys of personal development through the establishment of a supportive peer and mentor network for emerging and existing women leaders in this sphere.

As successive cohorts complete the programme, it is expected that programme’s impact will be seen in the increase women’s access to leadership and management positions in local government, contributing to the enhancement and effectiveness of leadership and management in the sector.

By expanding the pool from which women middle and senior level leaders and managers can be drawn, the programme contributes to the development of a skilled, efficient and effective work force in local government. By enhancing the capacities of women leaders and expanding the pool of these leaders, the programme contributes to institutional leadership and management stability, supporting the sustainable strategic and operational efficacy of local government. Through the above the programme enhances transformation efforts at a system level for improved quality, relevance and responsiveness of service delivery.  

Programme content

The programme content and curriculum has been designed on the basis of a detailed needs analysis conducted of women in the local government sphere, and is aligned to the SALGA Leadership Competency Framework, which focuses on the following four competency sets: Leading Self, Setting Direction, Stakeholder Engagement, and Delivering Service.

Programme content is oriented on the following core themes: self-mastery, ethical leadership, innovative practice, collaboration and communication. These are addressed explicitly in each of the three modules that comprise the short course, and are woven through all additional programme elements. The three short course modules are:

  • Leading in public life: personal mastery
  • Ethical leadership and innovative practices in the public sector
  • People-centred leadership in the public sector

Programme timeline

The programme will commence with Module 1 of the short course in April 2020. Each module will be delivered in a blended format, including a four day residential component, followed by a six-week online component.

The short course modules are scheduled as follows:

  • Module 1
    • Residential: 6 – 9  April 2020
    • Online: 10 April – 22 May 2020
  • Module 2
    • Residential: 22 – 25 June 2020
    • Online: 26 June – 7 August 2020
  • Module 3
    • Residential: 31 August – 3 September 2020
    • Online: 4 September  - 16 October 2020

The professional coaching, networking and mentorship, and webinar elements of the programme will commence following the residential component of Module 1 and take place until the completion of the programme in November. Results will be finalised in November 2020.