Various programmes groom potential officers for leadership roles, says minister

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE topic of leadership and management programmes for government officers was among those discussed in the afternoon session of the 15th Legislative Council (LegCo) Meeting yesterday.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud responded to a question from Legislative Council member and Penghulu of Mukim Kota Batu Yang Berhormat Naim bin Haji Kamis pertaining to what leader-ship and management programmes have been prepared for senior officers to further strengthen government administration.

“In general the government has provided various leadership programmes and courses for all government officers,” said the minister. “As a result of these programmes and courses, any officers identified as having potential in the field of leadership are absorbed into the Civil Service Leadership Pipeline (CSLP) programme.”

He shared that the CSLP was established as one of the sub-initiatives under the Civil Service Framework that supports the aim of Brunei Vision 2035 through institutional development strategies.

The CSLP, the minister explained, aims to identify, build and maintain charismatic, capable, qualified and capable officers to improve organisational performance and build future leaders.

“Each target group will be provided a flagship programme that aims to develop self-leadership, team leadership and organisational leadership.”

He also spoke of the Young Executive Programme, Executive Development Programme for Middle Management Officers (EDPMMO) and Executive Development Programme for Senior Government Officers (EDPSGO).

“In line with the requirements for succession planning or vacancies, the impact of CSLP in civil service will create sustainable planning of human resources of high quality and potential, especially at levels of leadership of strategic positions.”

“With the CSLP leadership pool, the transparency in nomination, selection and filling of key or critical senior positions in service will be more systematic and well organised because every decision is made collectively.”

Meanwhile, programmes offered by the Civil Service Institute (IPA) aim to overcome competency gaps for officers in civil service through leadership and management programmes, he said.

“By complementing officers of B2 grade and above with the right competencies, it is expected to contribute to the strengthening of government administration.”

The minister added that, for the 2017-2018 period, 498 officers of B2 grade and above received training at the IPA in various programmes, including leadership and management.