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Oxford Management Centre

Political / Administrative Alignment in the Public Sector

Jun 30—Jul 4
5 days
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
USD 4950
USD 990 per day

How it works


This Oxford 'Political / Administrative Alignment in the Public Sector’ training course will help you to navigate the ambiguities between political decision makers and management. You will gain contemporary insights to the political/administrative interface, ‘real time’ leadership strategies and practical tools to enhance your personal leadership success.

Failure to ensure clear roles, accepted ‘rules of engagement’ and well-designed processes leads to conflict rather than cooperation. Join a timely discussion with colleagues to enable you to contribute to enhanced organizational and governance effectiveness in public service agencies.

This Oxford training seminar will highlight:

  • The Public Service Paradigm – balancing efficiency and effectiveness
  • The Core Government Functions – strategy, policy, services and systems
  • The Political Realm – mandate of elected and appointed officials
  • The Administrative Realm – responsibilities of managers and staff
  • Leadership at the Apex – roles of Chief Elected and Appointed Officials
  • The Interface – preventive and remedial relationship strategies


At the end of this Oxford training seminar, you will learn to:

  • Recognize evolutionary aspects of contemporary public services
  • Differentiate the political and administrative realms
  • Appreciate the overlapping political and administrative roles
  • Assess governance and administrative effectiveness
  • Develop political / administrative alignment strategies
  • Analyze and develop strategies to manage contemporary challenges

Training Methodology

A highly interactive learning environment enables participants to:

  • Explore contemporary organizational and government models
  • Learn global best practices for governance & administrative excellence
  • Apply diagnostic tools to identify ‘real time’ challenges facing participants
  • Facilitate group solution seeking processes
  • Present strategies to enhance political / administrative interface

Organisational Impact

The return on organizational investment involves participants being able to:

  • Facilitate efforts to improve political / administrative alignment
  • Develop policies and guidance for good governance and administration
  • Coach others on the roles and responsibilities of elected officials and staff
  • Help individuals and groups to find effective solutions
  • Enhance their personal capacity to make a leadership difference in their organization

Personal Impact

Participants will realize enhanced leadership capabilities to successfully:

  • Assess and identify personal leadership aims for attention
  • Navigate the political / administrative interface for a favorable organizational fit
  • Facilitate group solution seeking to produce valued outcomes
  • Align leadership style with organizational expectations
  • Adapt leadership approaches as required for different situations
  • Nurture effective organizational relationships

Who should attend

Elected and appointed civic officials in local, regional and national government such as:

  • Current, newly appointed and aspiring Principal Appointed Officers
  • Senior Managers interacting elected officials
  • Professionals responsible for public service delivery
  • Elected officials and Chief Executive Officials
  • Appointed Board and Commission members
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