Leadership and leaders’ capability in the public sector are important in ensuring inclusive, safe public services that reflect the diversity of the society they represent. Hence, if governments regard themselves as legitimate advocates of social equality, integrity, and inclusiveness, they must enhance leadership abilities across different layers of governance.

This course will orient participants on the qualities and roles of inclusive leadership in the public sector, the determinants of inclusive leadership, and how to foster inclusiveness in public organizations.

Course Objectives

The main objectives of this course are to:

  • Introduce the concepts, principles, qualities, and roles of leadership in the public sector, particularly as related to inclusive leadership, to enhance responsiveness and representation given diverse, changing societies; and
  • Guide participants on how to foster inclusive work environments in public organizations.

Course Modules

This e-course will cover the following modules: 
Module 1: Public Leadership and Its Distinction from Private-sector Leadership and Management 
Module 2: Inclusive Leadership in the Public Sector: Historical Context and Evolution 
Module 3: Significance of Inclusive Leadership in Public Organizations 
Module 4: Leading Inclusive Public-sector Organizations 
Module 5: Challenges and Barriers to Inclusive Public-sector Leadership

Important Notes:

  1. Participants who register to take this course and pass the final examination with a score of 70% or  higher will be eligible to receive the APO certificate. Please note that the final examination can be taken only once. Therefore, the most appropriate time to take the examination should be chosen carefully. The self-assessment quizzes are for personal evaluation only and are not related to the final examination results.
  2. Participants who perform well in this course and receive the APO certificate will be given preference, on a merit basis, for selection to attend follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects on similar topics, when nominated by their NPOs and if slots are available.
  3. Notes 1 and 2 are applicable only to participants from APO member countries. Participants from nonmember countries are welcome to take the course for self-improvement, although they will not have an opportunity to attend the follow-up face-to-face multicountry APO projects.
  4. Each module is in a prerecorded video format in which the expert delivers presentations by explaining each slide. Participants can access the video by clicking on the link provided under the title of each module.
Course Duration in Hours: 10 hours
Skill Level: Beginner
Upcoming Course: No
New Course: Yes