| Ishan Ibrahim |
THE 8th South East Asian Central Banks (SEACEN) Research and Training Centre Intermediate Leadership Course commenced at The Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong yesterday.
Organised by the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) in cooperation with SEACEN, the sessions will run from 10-14 November.
The guest of honour, Awg Hj Adi Marhain bin Hj Leman, Assistant Managing Director of AMBD, spoke about the importance of effective leadership as a pillar to the overall effectiveness of an organisation.
He said that over the past few years, leadership crises had become increasingly apparent and has plagued all levels of corporate and government administrations, a natural consequence of leaders not being adequately trained on the ways to grasp and maintain core leadership values.
He said leaders must be made to understand that success of an organisation is heavily dependent on effective leadership that can only be achieved through training and experience.
Authentic leaders, he said, would need to display a great deal of positive, forward thinking attitude to promote openness while building trust and support from their respective subordinates so as to consequently improve individual and collective performance of an organisation.
He further emphasised that leaders must be extremely competent in elements of administrative leadership that includes strategising, planning, team management and performance monitoring as well as being well versed in communication, motivation and people mobilisation.
This course, he explained, is designed to assist the leaders of Central Banks to expand their capacity through recogniSing elements of leadership effectiveness that involve the assessment of leadership roles and enhancing critical leadership skills.
Earlier, Mr Hookyu Rhu, Executive Director of SEACEN also made his opening remarks as he welcomed the participants of the course that has the theme “Leading with Character: New Leadership Paradigm in Central Banking”.
The course provides an opportunity for current and potential leaders of Central Banks to develop their leadership capacity through various lectures and exercises that focuses on the assessment of leadership roles and enhancing critical leadership skills. 30 participants from various regional and international Central Banks including senior officers from AMBD attended the course. First established as a legal entity in 1982, SEACEN then had only eight member central banks/monetary authorities and has now grown to twenty members in 2014.
SEACEN has also established its unique regional position in serving its membership of central banks in the Asia-Pacific region through its learning programmes, research work, and networking and collaboration platforms for capability building in central banking knowledge.