Strategic Leadership and Governance Program for Senior Managers Training Report

By Juliana Namada and Christopher Barak

Last week, USIU-Africa hosted the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Commissioners for a Strategic Leadership and Governance Program for Senior Managers. The training delivered through the Chandaria School of Business focused largely on global best practice and continuous improvement. The purpose of the course was to equip senior management at the Commission with Strategic Leadership and Governance skills to enhance their operations.

Some of the key areas covered in the training included Strategic Planning, Principles and Practices of a Responsible Leadership Mindset, Performance Management, Strategy Implementation, Financial Quality Assurance, Legal Framework, Ethics and Integrity, Negotiation across different Stakeholders, Change management, Gap Analysis and Risk Evaluation, Social Entrepreneurship, Fundraising and Resource Mobilization Strategies among others.

While making the opening remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs Prof. Munyae Mulinge, recognized the Commission for partnering with Chandaria School of Business for the training. He noted that it was the beginning of a long-term relationship for the two institutions and implored on both sides to nature the relationship.

The training lasted for one week of different exploration of different subject areas by content expert faculty from the School. The training heavily relied on case study methodology as a learning technique that gave participants a chance to analyze real scenarios through reinforcement and application of learning. It featured interactive class discussions, short lectures by subject experts and practical oriented process where participants were able to reflect and discuss their work situations, challenges and subsequent solutions.

In her remarks, the Current Chair of the Commission, Dr. Leah Munyao emphasized the need for continuous training of top government policy makers for effective leadership within government institutions both nationally and at the county government levels. She commented on interactions and observations made during the week by congratulating the USIU- Africa students as being very courteous, focused and observable purposeful attributes seen throughout the week.

The Commissioners recognized world class facilities at USIU-Africa and exemplary service delivery and culture principles exemplified needed to be transferred to public institutions in the Country. In his closing remarks, the Dean, Chandaria School of Business, Dr. Timothy Okech reiterated USIU-Africa’s commitment to offer quality, practical, need based short courses and degree programs. Other short courses on offer by the Chandaria School of Business include Project Management, Strategy Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Industrial Relations and Data Analytics. He appealed to the commissioners to be good ambassadors for USIU-Africa in the Public Service space.

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