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Senior Public Officers Complete Leadership Training

Officials with first cohort of participants to complete the Leadership and Development Programme. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Several Senior Public Officers completed a leadership development programme designed to enhance the skills that align with the Public Service’s needs and strategic direction.

The Leadership Development Programme spanned over a five-month period and was an initiative by the Department of Human Resources in collaboration with Governance Partnership International (GPI). The programme was a component of the Talent Management Strategy for the Public Service and was customised for public officers using the results of the 2018 Engagement Survey and the Public Service Leaders Competency Framework. 

His Excellency, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert congratulated the Public Officers and said that the first cohort of participants is a significant step in the efforts being made to transform the public service. Governor Jaspert added that it remains vital for the Government to enhance the capability of Public Officers for the future development of the Territory.

Permanent Secretary in the Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs Sharleen S. DaBreo-Lettsome, MBE, underscored the importance of the training opportunity, “I would hope that through your participation in this development course, you would have been equipped with the tools required to become effective agents of change in your positions.”

Mrs DaBreo-Lettsome added, “As recently appointed leaders, deputies and managers in strategic roles, you have the potential to become successors for other key leadership roles in the service.”

Director of Human Resources, Mrs Michelle Donovan-Stevens reminded the Public Officers that learning takes time and is an investment in their development. She said her department is actively working to continue to establish mentorship programmes that would allow for further development of Public Officers.

The Leadership Development Forum and Programme is a cross-cutting unit that provides peer-to-peer support to partner governments overseas to better public services to its citizens.

5 Responses to “Senior Public Officers Complete Leadership Training”

  • ccc (07/02/2020, 08:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Waste of time half them need to go home and the other half will not change
  • lord o. (07/02/2020, 10:54) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    What work place need most are good personalities and attitudes. Those are done from young at the home. At the age of 14th you either have it or you don't. Can't be injected in you at an older age..... Let's start giving good attitudes and good personalities thumbs up.. Those are the keys
  • reality (07/02/2020, 15:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is good but I don't think much will change. Most leaders today is about themselves really. As usual the same set. Several high Performers, Senior Officers needed to be here too.
  • Observer (08/02/2020, 06:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Next time, please open the training to Statutory Bodies. Some senior officers in those bodies are in dire need of leadership training. Being a boss is one thing, being a leader and one that is effective is another thing.
  • WOT (09/02/2020, 10:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I participated and it was a waste of time.


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