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Designed for participants at the Director level (D1/D2), the UN Leaders Programme explores successful leadership approaches, innovation and transformation practices, as well as their application to UN and international leadership.
UN leaders are expected to provide aspirational guidance and practical solutions to the complex challenges our world is facing, often in challenging conditions. The rapid pace of change in today’s world means that the best leaders are the ones who approach their leadership practice with a 'growth mindset'.
Participants in the UN Leaders Programme explore leadership in the context of innovation, transformation, collaboration and resilience; reflecting on strong and successful leadership approaches and their application, and forging deeper connections with colleagues from across the international and UN system through peer exchange and collegial support.
The UN System Leadership Framework (UNSLF) and the Adaptive Leadership Framework serve as the foundational frameworks woven throughout and informing this programme journey.
Through what will be an interactive online and in-person learning solution, you will have the opportunity to:
The programme journey comprises three phases:
1. Preliminary Phase – (Estimated Time Commitment: 6.5 hours)
As part of this phase, you will:
2. Core Programme Phase – (Estimated Time Commitment: 24 - 26 hours)
Over a period of four days of in-person sessions, you will unpack and reflect on how to live out and practice the principles and ideals envisioned in the UN System Leadership Framework, complemented with tools and best practices from the Adaptive Leadership approach.
There will be approximately ½ hour of pre-work to be reviewed before each session.
3. Follow-up & Consolidation Phase – (Estimated Time Commitment: 7 hours)
During the Follow-up and Consolidation Phase, you will:
Executive Coaching to Contextualize the Programme Journey (Time Commitment: 2.5 hours)
Throughout the programme, you will work with an executive coach on pre-identified touchpoints to help contextualize the programme experience to your leadership practice and organizational context. There will be two such touchpoints of 90 minutes and 60 minutes respectively.
The programme focuses on the following five thematic areas:
Senior UN staff at the D1 – D2 levels;
Senior staff operating in relevant fields of international cooperation. By open enrolment or nomination. (Please note that some UN organizations follow an internal nomination process to identify candidates for the programme).
The fee is $6,750 which includes access to all sessions, assessments, executive coaching, and course materials.