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New generation of leadership needed in the region
Published on January 31, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional public sector leaders are urged to be part of a new generation of leadership in order to deal with the increasing pace of change and complexities facing Caribbean governments today.

This call for new leadership was made at the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Leadership Project’s Leadership Development Programme (LDP) by Avril Gollop, former cabinet secretary and head of the civil service of the government of Barbados.

The Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP) is a seven-year project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and executed by the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS). The opening ceremony for the first, week-long module of the LDP was held on Monday at the Cave Hill School of Business/University of the West Indies in Barbados, which is also the host of the regional project office.

During her feature address, Gollop reminded the first cohort of the LDP that “leadership is not about popularity or favouritism … but having the capacity to set examples, and make reasoned and reasonable decisions in times of calm and in times of crisis.”

She added that leadership is “about accepting blame and … having the capacity to listen and not be judgemental.”

Gollop encouraged the participants to be responsible, accountable, open to criticism, confident and courageous while having a vision and a plan. She pointed out that the hallmark of a leader is “the willingness to take risks amid caution.” She also implored the participants and their governments to remain committed to the programme in order for it to be successful.

This historic first cohort of the LDP comprises twenty-four permanent secretaries/ CEOs/directors from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. The overall purpose of the programme is to support public service leaders in developing their capacity to contribute more effectively to regional integration, economic growth and gender-sensitive public sector reform.

The second module of the LDP is scheduled to take place in Antigua and Barbuda in March 2013. The programme will culminate with a leadership symposium to be held in Jamaica in July 2013. Subsequent cohorts of the LDP will engage the next two levels of public service officers (both technical and administrative) in the chain of command within central governments and key regional institutions.
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Wellington C Ramos:

Dear Editor,

Just yesterday I was thinking about writing an article about political leadership in the English speaking Caribbean countries which is lacking.

In most of our countries the Representatives we elect lack, vision, forsight, integrity and other required leadership credentials to be politicains. This has led to stagnation, confusion, no growth and a feeling of hopelessness among our citizens. Many of our leaders have been in office for too long and are set in their own ways of thinking and doing things. Development is slow, unemployment is high along with drug abuse, gangs, gun violence, crime and many other social ills. The more the people change political parties and governments the least improvements they see. Leadership workshops are not only needed for our Civil Servants but also our political leaders.


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