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Leadership in Public Service


The Leadership in Public Service (LPS) program is a two-day in-residence program on the Texas A&M University campus hosted by the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy (CNP). Attendees can anticipate educational workshops led by highly regarded academicians and public service practitioners at the Bush School.

Information

The LPS program is geared for

  • managers and executives from the nonprofit and public sector;
  • graduate degree holders and current master-level students planning for a nonprofit and/or public sector career; and
  • for-profit and corporate sector leaders who have, or plan to, transition into a career of service in nonprofits or public sector organizations.

The two-day program is intentionally designed as a triadic learning experience that allows managers and executives to share knowledge and learn from one another, while also including facilitated learning from scholars in the discipline. Past participants of the LPS program have included professionals from the nonprofit sector, educational settings, federal/state/local government employees, faith-based organizations, and professionals focused on public policy, all with one goal in mind—advancing professionally.

Sessions

Sessions include the following:

  • Leadership in Public Service
    This session discusses the key features of leadership in public service organizations. Using a competency-based model of the organization, Dr. Brown distills some important activities and attitudes of public service leaders. The conversation focuses on the functions and activities of executive leaders, but individuals at all levels of the organization benefit from learning and appreciating priorities for effective strategic leadership. The session proposes objectives for individual leadership development goals. Participants are encouraged to consider the extent to which they possess these competencies as well as which areas are logical "next steps" in their personal leadership development.
  • Authentic Leadership in Public Service
    This workshop will introduce Authentic Leadership theory, its constructs of self-awareness-transparency-ethical/moral-balanced processing, and how public sector and nonprofit leaders who exhibit these behaviors have the opportunity to excel in their roles. Responses from the completed Authentic Leadership Questionnaire will be used to provide an overall group rating of authentic leadership and used to inform attendees’ leader development plan.
  • Performance Measurement in Public Service
    Using performance measurement data leads to better organizational performance, and this is true even when there are no compensation-based rewards attached to improved performance! Yet many public sector and nonprofit leaders hesitate to implement measurement, thinking it may not deliver results. This session prepares participants to design and use data to improve performance. After learning how data analysis works to improve decision making, participants will create a set of measures and learn how to implement a successful performance measurement program.
  • Maximization of Leader Strengths: StrengthsQuest
    Can you imagine what the world would look like if we spent more time focusing on what we are naturally good at instead of trying to fix everything that's wrong? Over fifty years ago, Dr. Don Clifton began researching a new area in psychology called positive psychology. The focus of positive psychology is on identifying and developing areas of strength and talent. From the beginning, the Gallup Organization was leading the way in research and application of the strengths philosophy, which eventually led to the development of the StrengthsQuest online assessment. Based on your input, you are provided a listing with your top five areas of talent (from a total of thirty-four signature themes). Once you learn about your individual areas of talent, you can begin working to develop them into strengths. This workshop will provide you with a basic understanding of the theory and will expose you to a variety of interactive activities and reflection exercises to help you understand your strengths.
  • Leading Diversity within Public Service
    This workshop will provide participants with relevant human differences that exist within public sector and nonprofit organizations with regard to race and ethnicity, economic and social class, and gender. The session will specifically address and examine strategies for building consensus across the differences referenced above. Participants can expect to explore the advantages and challenges of diversity in the workplace and leave with leader strategies that will contribute to positive outcomes for employers/employees/other stakeholders.
  • Leadership and Board Development within Public Service
    This session will explore the roles of nonprofit boards and consider how they support strategic decision making. The workshop is interactive in nature and will utilize case studies to explore the tactics and challenges of engaging board members. Strategy and planning are critical roles for the board, and participants will consider various tactics to support effective planning and decision making.
  • Leader Development within Public Service
    This session will focus on personal leadership development. The workshop will focus on developing participants’ knowledge of relevant leadership styles, include a discussion and specific examples of how leadership narratives are relayed to others based on specific leader behaviors , and explore leader behaviors that positively impact employees and organization performance. Attendees will be exposed to a leader development blueprint, challenged to investigate their personal leadership path, and provided with strategies to further develop as a leader.

Program Highlights

  • Two-day in-residence program on the Texas A&M University Campus
  • Educational workshops led by highly regarded academicians and public sector practitioners
  • Relevant leadership assessments

Program Benefits

  • Gain research-informed and practice-proven leadership and management competencies
  • Explore and advance personal leadership capacity
  • Deepen professional network

Who Should Attend

  • Managers and executives from the nonprofit and public sector
  • Graduate degree holders and current master-level students planning for a nonprofit and/or public sector career
  • For-profit and corporate sector leaders who have, or plan to, transition into a career of service via nonprofit or public sector organizations

Program Fee

  • Early Bird Registration Fee: $795 on/before March 23, 2018
  • General Registration Fee: $895
  • Registration Deadline: April 20, 2018

Contact Information

Contact the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy at 979.862.3195 or email parker.dj77@tamu.edu.

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