Turning the Situation Around: Strategic Public Sector Leadership

Sauder School of Business

Sauder School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Supervisors, managers and elected or appointed officials at all levels in federal, provincial, local, regional and indigenous government agencies
  • Leaders of non-government organizations interested in enhancing their personal and organizational effectiveness

About the course

Foster the flexibility needed to lead in challenging times

The global pandemic and its economic impacts are creating profound challenges for public sector leaders. The ever-shifting conditions often require them to turn on a dime, in order to minimize dire outcomes and cultivate new opportunities for healthy change.

Dynamic times call for an adaptive leadership approach, and Situational Leadership is perhaps the most flexible of all. By incorporating many different leadership techniques, it enables leaders to take stock of their environment and their team, balance the many variables, and select the style best suited to meet their objectives and conditional needs.

Designed for public sector leaders, this online program will help you sharpen your Situational Leadership tool kit. Acquire concepts and tools for addressing the real-time matters you are facing now. Modify your leadership style to navigate a constantly evolving strategic, interpersonal and workplace landscape. Open up your problem-solving options, and promote the wellness and adaptability of people.

Online program format

Each day of this two-day program includes two online sessions in real time, with ample breaks provided. Sessions are highly interactive, including facilitator-lead instruction, group work in virtual breakout rooms and opportunities to present and receive feedback on your work. You will also have access to self-directed resources (readings, videos, templates, etc.) that you can access at any time.

Benefits for you

  • Apply a tool kit of diverse leadership techniques to different situations
  • Customize your situational leadership and problem-solving processes
  • Respond to changing conditions faster and with less stress
  • Find innovative new ways to analyze and manage quickly evolving challenges
  • Enhance your facilitation approaches to elicit ideas from others, and to focus their efforts
  • Strengthen workplace relationships, wellness and agility
  • Drive greater performance accountability and results in yourself and your team
  • Increase your adaptation to change for sustained resiliency

Program Content

Day One: Internal Situations

  • Understanding the public service ethos
  • Assessing workplace pressures within government/nonprofit agencies
  • Differentiating task and people-oriented leadership approaches
  • Dealing with dysfunctional individual behaviours and performance
  • Clarifying expectations with subordinates and teams
  • Leading effective teams and group processes
  • Developing preventive and remedial workplace strategies

Day Two: External Situations

  • Navigating the public service eco-sytem
  • Scanning significant influences on government/nonprofit agencies
  • Diagnosing organizational and community resiliency risks
  • Selecting critical strategic imperatives
  • Identifying relevant stakeholders and partners
  • Applying social innovation techniques to strategic processes
  • Finding sustainable and realistic solutions

Special Features

Prior to each session, you will submit a current issue or opportunity you are facing. You will then apply situational leadership concepts and techniques to these issues in real-time breakout rooms with your peers, and receive guidance from the program leader.


Gordon McIntosh

Gordon McIntosh has 37 years of management, educator and consultancy roles with local government. As President of the Local Government Leadership (LGL) Institute, he provides governance development, strategic facilitation and leadership training services. He has conducted 1,200 workshops involv...

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