Friday, January 19, 2018

Public Service execs learn leadership skills

Forty recently promoted deputy permanent secretaries participated in an intensive orientation programme hosted by the Ministry of Public Administration.

The three-day programme began on Tuesday at the Hyatt Regen­cy hotel, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain.

The programme is part of the Ministry of Public Administration’s Executive Leadership Development Programme (ELDP), which aims to strengthen leadership skills of senior executives of the Public Service.

The intention is for them to develop compe­tencies in vital management areas, including organisational transfor­mation, institutional de­velopment, change management and focusing on results, a press release from the ministry said yesterday.

Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister and head of the Public Service Reynold Cooper elaborated on the role of the minister and the permanent secretary as defined in the Constitution and emphasised the importance of building trust.

He stressed the leadership of the Public Ser­vice must work colla­bo­­ratively, providing support and rendering assistance to each other.

Feature speaker, pre­sident and group CEO of the Neal and Mas­sy Group of Compa­nies Gervase Warner urged deputy permanent sec­retaries to lead the change by becoming conscious leaders.

He emphasised for change to happen, it must be led and to truly lead is to serve.

He outlined the attri-

butes of conscious lead-

­­ership as being analy-

tical intelligence, emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, systems intelligence, servant leadership, integrity and a great capacity to live and care.

Among the speakers addressing the opening session was permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration Gillian Macintyre, who congratulated the new deputy permanent secretaries on their promotion.

She reminded them there were many chan­ges taking place within the Public Service, including the transformation of the Public Service architecture from a pyramid to a diamond shape and their responsibility as leaders to create other leaders.

The remaining sessions discussed the glo­bal outlook for Trinidad and Tobago, the national development planning agenda, the financial management outlook and expenditure management issues.

There were also sessions on procurement and human resource management to help sharpen their skills in these areas.

The programme concludes in June.