Leadership Development

While remote working, it can be difficult to find time to attend full development programmes. However, current circumstances also provide a great opportunity to focus on your development needs. We have adapted the Assistant Principal (AP) programme to give you the opportunity to reflect on your people leadership, oversight and functional responsibilities in shorter sessions.  The modules prompt discussion and reflection on the appropriate leadership mindset, skillset and practical toolset that APs can draw on to work better with and through others to achieve objectives. You can self-manage your learning with pre, intra and post modular activities and learning.  

The programme will thus focus on:

  • Enhancing Your Mindset for Strategic and People Leadership -sessions provide an opportunity to review the policy formation process and the requisite governance and leadership expectations of senior managers in a changing environment
  • Strengthening and Broadening the Skillset Portfolio - opportunity to benchmark own skillset and approaches against best practice for working with multiple stakeholders and managing people and their development
  • Developing a Toolset to Build Capacity - reviewing the importance of ensuring sustainable engagement, performance and accountability in your team and identifying some tools to assist you in that process.

Assistant Principal Officer Programme

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This course has been modified for online delivery.  It will be delivered over three x three hour modules on three separate dates between 2:00pm and 5:00pm.  They will be delivered remotely via MS Teams and will be facilitated by subject matter experts. 

Modules are at regular intervals to allow for some pre-course and intra-modular independent work. This is a critical element in personalising the programme content to your specific needs and allowing you the time to work at your own pace, applying concepts to the work environment.

The Assistant Principal Officer Programme Module Dates are:

  • Module 1: 23 July 2020 (2:00pm-5:00pm)
  • Module 2: 12 August 2020 (2:00pm-5:00pm)
  • Module 3: 26 August 2020 (2:00pm-5:00pm)

To obtain the most benefit from this programme it is recommended that all three Modules are completed in sequence.

NB.  Change from previously advertised dates.

 

Commences

23 July, 12 and 26 August 2020 Bookings for this course will close two weeks in advance of the start date.

Entry Requirements

Participants of this programme will typically be newly appointed to the Assistant Principal (AP) role or have been working in the role for less than 5 years.

Duration

Three x Three Hour Online Workshops

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this three-module online course is €920 per person.  To obtain the most benefit from this course, it is recommended that all three modules are completed in sequence. 

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

While remote working, it can be difficult to find time to attend full development programmes. However, current circumstances also provide a great opportunity to focus on your development needs. We have adapted the Assistant Principal (AP) programme to give you the opportunity to reflect on your people leadership, oversight and functional responsibilities in shorter sessions.  The modules prompt discussion and reflection on the appropriate leadership mindset, skillset and practical toolset that APs can draw on to work better with and through others to achieve objectives. You can self-manage your learning with pre, intra and post modular activities and learning.  

The programme will thus focus on:

  • Enhancing Your Mindset for Strategic and People Leadership -sessions provide an opportunity to review the policy formation process and the requisite governance and leadership expectations of senior managers in a changing environment
  • Strengthening and Broadening the Skillset Portfolio - opportunity to benchmark own skillset and approaches against best practice for working with multiple stakeholders and managing people and their development
  • Developing a Toolset to Build Capacity - reviewing the importance of ensuring sustainable engagement, performance and accountability in your team and identifying some tools to assist you in that process.
Who is this for?

This programme is for Assistant Principal Officers (APOs) and equivalent grades in the Civil Service and State Agencies.  Participants of the programme will typically be newly appointed to the Assistant Principal (AP) role or have been working in the role for less than 5 years.

Learning Outcomes

The programme will focus on the following:

Enhancing your Mindset for Strategic and People Leadership

Modules provide an opportunity to review the policy formation process and the requisite governance and leadership expectations of senior managers in a changing environment

Strengthening and Broadening the Skillset Portfolio

Session provide the opportunity to benchmark own skillset and approaches against best practice for working with multiple stakeholders and managing people and their development.

Toolset to Build Capacity

Reviewing the importance of ensuring sustainable engagement, performance and accountability in your team and identifying some tools to assist you in that process. 

Course Content

The programme consists of three x three hour modules. The time between modules is to allow for individual reflection, intra module work and application of learning to organisational issues. 

Indicative Module Content includes:

Module 1: Leadership Mindset
  • Leadership expectations within an evolving Public Service
  • Creating a Performance Focused Culture
  • Navigating the Policy Making Process
Module 2: Leadership Skillset
  • Competency Portfolio for Effective Leadership
  • Building Relationships and Leading Collaboratively
  • Effective governance and accountability focus
Module 3: Leadership Toolset
  • Influencing for Impact
  • Coaching conversations for High Performance
  • Building Resilience and Future Focus
Other Information

The course can be tailored for in-house delivery. The course can be tailored to the specific requirements of a Government Department or State Agency and delivered on an in-house basis at a negotiated rate. We will also deliver the programme where two or three Departments come together to provide a minimum number of participants. Please email training@ipa.ie if you would like further information about customised training.

Course Leader

Siobhán Bradley, Senior Leadership and Management Specialist will lead this programme with a range of specialist contributors.

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