LAP - Leadership Academy Programme
The Leadership Academy Programme (LAP) course is an interactive training programme for public authorities of all levels that seeks to develop leadership for organisations, leadership for strategy and leadership for capacity building over 3 stages.
1.1 STAGE 1 – LEADERSHIP FOR ORGANISATIONS
- To gather an in-depth understanding of the 12 Principles for Good Democratic Governance and their relevance for their organisations’ activity.
- To gather an understanding of the competences needed for local government leadership.
- To acquire knowledge on ’leadership’ – as it is envisaged within the LAP.
- To understand the added value of a situational approach to leadership (there is no “one size fits all” solution).
- To train participants in a benchmarking tool that can be used to raise the standards of performance of a municipality.
- To identify the role of values in shaping attitudes and behaviours.
- To identify the individual values stimulating leadership and, in turn, good governance.
- To learn the meaning of self-mastery and that the journey towards it never ends.
- To learn the meaning and implications of “natural” leadership preferences.
- To understand the kind of mind-set that is better aligned with good performance within a performance-oriented organisation.
- To understand the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) and its essential role in effective team working.
- To recognise the importance of facilitation for effective team working, that in turn leads to improve public services performance.
- To develop an accurate understanding of different leadership styles.
- To match own strengths and weaknesses to choose the appropriate leadership styles for different situations.
- To understand the drivers of effective communication.
- To experience the importance of the group as a ‘multiplier’ of ideas and prospectives.
- To learn and experience tools for different group interaction methods.
- To appreciate the long-term process of developing leadership at the organisational level;
- To apply the leadership landscape approach (i.e. integrative thinking approach) for local governance to ‘problem-solving’ at the organisational level;
- To understand the importance of continuous self-assessment for sustainable organisational leadership.
1.2 STAGE 2 – LEADERSHIP FOR STRATEGY
- To learn how good leadership can change the organisation culture to deliver better performance.
- To introduce the method for developing dynamic scenarios and initiating inclusive strategic dialogues for strategic planning and problem solving.
- To present the 3 core domains of strategic management from a leadership perspectives and suggest instruments for establishing high level performance.
- To present the concept of a ‘learning organisation’ and give ideas for participants how to encourage learning in their own organizations.
- To understand that local government needs to be responsive and dynamic to change and issues need to be tackled in an integrated manner.
- To learn tools to develop the highest standards of internal and external communications.
- To support leaders to apply leadership to staff management.
- To reveal conflicting points in mutual expectations between staff and leaders and formulate a more coherent set of expectations.
- To deepen the understanding of performance management and how it can be used to more effectively deliver outcomes by the organisation.
1.3 STAGE 3 – LEADERSHIP FOR CAPACITY BUILDING
- To strengthen participants’ capacity to ethical reflection and reasoning and make them reflect on the integrity of their organization.
- To strengthen participants capacity to ethical reflection and reasoning and offer methods to develop ethics and integrity of their organization.
- To increase awareness on the role of civil participation for efficient and effective local governance.
- To improve understanding of the requirements, benefits and relations intrinsic to civil participation.
- To acquire knowledge on different civil participation approaches and to choose the best for a given situation.
- To understand the relevance of Inter-Municipal Cooperation for a better service delivery and thus for the overall delivery of good local governance. (General)
- To gain an-in-depth understanding of the key-elements, mechanisms, success factors at the core of IMC. (Advanced)
- To understand the relevance of Cross-Border Cooperation for a better service delivery, that ensures the improvement of the overall delivery of good local governance in a border area.
- To gain an-in-depth understanding of the key-elements, mechanisms, success factors at the basis of CBC.
- To understand the relevance of City-to-City Cooperation to promote local development opportunities, in turn ensuring the improvement of the overall delivery of good local governance.
- To gain an-in-depth understanding of the key-elements, mechanisms, success factors of C2C.
- To know the tools and legal frameworks available for ensuring equal access to opportunities to all.
- To become aware of gender perspectives as key factors determining eventually good governance at local level.
- To understand the role of leadership in ensuring equal opportunities and representativeness to all, at local level.
- To strengthen participants’ understanding of and commitment to accountable local leadership.
- To discuss some of the usual misconceptions about leader’s accountability.