The Public Sector Senior
Leadership Development Programme (PSSLDP) is a Government of Jamaica (GoJ)
leadership learning programme aimed at creating a cadre of public sector senior
executives capable of leading public sector modernisation and transformation.
More specifically, the PSSLDP is geared towards preparing a core of senior
officers from which the mission critical positions of Permanent Secretaries,
Director Generals and Chief Executive Officers can be filled.
The programme design is
intended to support Jamaica’s overall public sector modernisation agenda, and
assumes that focusing on the development of leadership practices that enable
broader public sector modernisation will contribute to a strong and networked
group of public sector leaders. These leaders will, in turn, support the
further development of others and through them the creation of an enabling
environment for large-scale transformation.
Through the practices of
this initial cohort there will be an acceleration of progress towards realizing
programmes, activities and attitudes that contribute to the creation of the
citizen-centred public sector that Jamaica wants and needs.
Among the Programme’s
specific objectives are to:
1. Build a cadre of
effective and skilful senior leaders who are capable of taking on progressively
greater responsibilities in various capacities across the public sector;
2. Create a strong community
of trusted senior leaders who are capable of working together collaboratively
to address complex and cross-cutting public sector opportunities and
3. Develop confident and
skilful senior leaders who will form part of the talent pool from which to
select the next generation of permanent secretaries (and other key executive
roles in the public sector);
4. Contribute to greater
alignment and focus on how to address the goals of public sector transformation
and other strategic business priorities moving towards Vision 2030.
Accordingly, the Programme’s
content has been designed among other things to provide participants with
opportunities to frame, debate and reframe issues that have strategic impact on
the country through in-depth engagement with rich, complex cross-cutting case
studies, locally-based examples and live case work; and challenge and expand
dominant or limited world-views at both individual and group level. The main
cross cutting themes are:
1. Authenticity and Personal Effectiveness
2. Team, Organisation and system Transformation
3. Strategic Leadership
4. Emerging Issues in Public Service Governance
The Programme consists of senior public
sector leaders representing a mix of ministries, departments and agencies. The
Programme infuses core leadership and transformation themes that will be
executed over a one year period in four (4) modules, each lasting five (5)
consecutive days. Modules One and Four are residential, and Modules Two and
Three are non-residential.
Participants will be exposed
and enriched in leadership and organizational transformation through a journey
of self-discovery and inter-experiential processes. An eclectic mix of
leadership development strategies and real-world experiences are the hallmark
of this Programme, inclusive of face-to-face sessions, executive coaching and
live case analysis.
Critical to the success of
the Programme, is the valuable input of the expert facilitation and coaching
teams, comprised of leadership, organizational development & effectiveness
and transformation stewards from the national and international contexts.
As the GoJ’s public service
learning, organizational and leadership development institute, the Management
Institute for National Development (MIND) has responsibility for the
successful design, development, delivery, evaluation and management of this
The current delivery of the Programme is supported
under the Public Sector Strategic Transformation Project, being led by the
Ministry of Finance and Planning.