REDC Develops a Series of Leadership Development Programmes for the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
The Rausing Executive Development Centre (REDC) at LUMS has developed and executed programmes for officials from various departments of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These programmes aimed to enhance influence, develop cognitive communication skills, and better problem-solving abilities.
The programmes were developed with the support of the Governance and Policy Project (GPP), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), which was established in 2016 following a formal agreement between The World Bank and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government.
Based on a highly interactive pedagogy conducive for peer-to-peer learning, the programme participants interacted through a host of discussion-led case studies, exercises, and group simulations. It provides participants with an opportunity to build confidence through interactive discussions and goal-driven project work.
“This is a very well-structured training for public sector officials, wherein all the important topics from leadership style to communication style and stress management were discussed in depth. I learned a lot and will implement the same at my workplace,” said Tariq Mehmood, Deputy Secretary Finance – Government of KP.
Led by Dr. Arif N. Butt and Co-directed by Dr. Adnan Zahid and Dr. Zain ul Abdin Khawaja, the programme focused on team building, stress and conflict management, negotiation skills, leadership and communication skills, and enhancing personal effectiveness in the context of managing a high stakes project.
Participants also learned to develop a deeper understanding of the various areas of personal and professional development, necessary for leading and executing successful projects.
“I have been hearing about LUMS for so many years and the style of teaching here was totally a new experience for me,” said Dr. Nauman Mujahid, Deputy Secretary Finance, Government of KP. “The case study method of teaching practiced at REDC has been amazing. The environment of the sessions was engaging, thought-provoking, and helped participants learn from each other.”
“I believe that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other and LUMS can provide both in a single package,” said Dr. Azmat Ullah, Director SIDB, Government of KP.
The closing session of the programmes were also attended by Mr. Zahir Shah, DG, Post Crisis Need Assessment, GPP and Ms. Fazeelat Jahan, Chief SP&GM Section, Planning & Development Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. They appreciated the rigour for learning and skills building among the participants and expressed hope for them to utilise the acquired knowledge and skills in their work in future.