Masters Certificate in Public Sector Leadership

  • The ways in which public sector executives prepare to lead change today dictates the effectiveness of governance frameworks in the future.

    Thinking of government as a “guest” at the social responsibility table rather than the “host” can foster innovative solutions. Sharing “client groups” between levels of government and public sector agencies generates service delivery options and alternatives. Leading effectively in public service requires a unique strategic vision and skill set.

    Public-sector leaders need to know how to deliver high quality results. In rapidly changing political environments, that means having a unique blend of mission-critical knowledge, perspectives and finely tuned competencies. From state-of-the-art innovations in service delivery, performance metrics and evaluation and globalization trends to advanced leadership and change management models, today’s public sector executives require cutting-edge know-how about a host of different specialized topics.

    Transformational leadership requires a well-rounded executive.

    In order to “do more with less”, executives in the public sector must find new, non-traditional approaches that get the most in productivity and creativity from their people. They must also be able to fully engage with stakeholders. From critical thinking and problem solving to communicating with influence; from establishing strategic alliances to leading effective organization change – operating in complex political environments requires advanced people leadership skills and acumen.

    The Masters Certificate in Public Setor Leadership addresses the public sector’s major leadership issues by giving public service professionals the practical tools and knowledge they need to design and deliver effective public services. The program stimulates insights and builds understanding rapidly through an action-learning environment. Participants enjoy lively discussions, examine real life case studies, explore group projects, and engage within breakout sessions across 3 impactful learning modules — all while being guided by public sector leaders who are unsurpassed in their expertise and experience. The resulting blend of ‘soft’ skills and ‘hard’ expertise allows public sector professionals to fully engage with all of the stakeholders whose involvement in the process of public management is critical for success.

    Key Program Take Aways

    • Learn about innovative ways to deliver public services
    • Gain a deeper understanding of leading innovation and organizational transformation through stakeholder engagement
    • Advance your critical thinking and communication skills to address complex issues
    • Learn advanced management methods to achieve organizational results
    • Gain practical insights from seasoned faculty members

    Participant Profile

    The program has been designed for:

    • Executives and senior managers at the federal, provincial or municipal levels of government, as well as the broader public sector, who are looking to increase the effectiveness of their department or agency
    • High potential professionals in the public sector who wish to develop their skills to the next level and aspire to senior level leadership in the government or not-for-profit sectors
    • Public sector leaders who will be succeeding to higher levels as current senior personnel retire
    • Professionals in the private sector who interface with government

    Green Program!

    Participants will receive all program learning materials electronically, and are asked to bring a suitable tablet or laptop PC to class. Alternative arrangements are available upon request.

    Individual modules of this program are available as standalone courses. Go to “View Modules” on the details page for registration links.

    John R. Allen, program director, talks about the changing face of public management.
    • “An excellent program for senior public officials to develop and share methods and techniques to tackle today's changing issues in the public sector." ”

      S. HamiltonManager of Design and Construction, City of Burlington
  • Course content details

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  • Message from the Program Director

    The ways in which we prepare ourselves to lead change today will dictate the effectiveness of our governance framework in the future. The Masters Certificate in Public Sector Leadership addresses the leadership issues facing the public sector by providing public service professionals with the tools and techniques instrumental in shaping the design and delivery of effective public services.

    Our program faculty includes industry leaders who will share their experience and knowledge with participants in an action-learning environment designed to stimulate insight and understanding.

    Through this program, our goal is to help today’s public sector professionals strengthen their skills for engaging all of the stakeholders whose involvement in the process of public management is critical for success.

    Program Director Photo
    John R. Allen Schulich Executive Education Centre
    Schulich School of Business, York University