The Commons Workshop on Leadership and Followership in the Public Sector

Scheduled Dates
  • 18th and 19th of July 2017: Victoria (Special Offer: register before 15 June 2017 and you could win a Caribbean cruise for two!)
  • 27th and 28th of November 2017: Ottawa
  • 27th and 28th of March 2018: Toronto
  • 24th and 25th of July 2018: Edmonton
About the Workshop

Sources say that well over 100 million books of all kinds have been published to date, and sometimes it seems that most of the recent ones have the word “leadership” in their titles … such is the ongoing interest in this subject! Few doubt the importance of leadership to the resolution of complex issues, but finding a way through the maze of approaches to leadership - some conflicting, some complementary - can be a challenge for officials in the public sector. How have we come to the present-day understanding of leadership and how does it to compare to “management”? Should everyone aspire to be a leader? Assuming leadership can be learned, can everyone learn it and then practice it in the same way? What are the “best fits” between leadership approaches and the range of situations that a public servant may face? Do leadership lessons, approaches and styles in one context - say, business - apply equally to the public sector? And how can leaders and their followers best understand and complement each other in the effort to achieve shared objectives? These are some of the issues that your workshop will address. The workshop will be of interest to public servants considering the assumption of leadership responsibilities and to those from whom leadership is already expected. Through a fast-paced mix of information, activities and exchanged experiences, a perspective on the leadership dynamic in the public sector will emerge.

Learning Outcomes: After completing this workshop, participants will be able to better:
  • understand how concepts of leadership have developed over time,
  • weigh the demands that leadership may place upon them, and govern themselves accordingly,
  • gauge the leadership implications of working in the public sector,
  • assess their personal opportunities for leadership within the larger contexts of their organizations,
  • identify an array of leadership styles/approaches, including those that may best suit their individual personalities, aptitudes and experiences,
  • apply the right leadership styles/approaches to the right work situations,
  • enable leaders and their followers to live up to their responsibilities to each other, and
  • identify the kinds of learning approaches to leadership that may work best for them in future.
Workshop Faculty
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Franklin Roy
A lawyer by trade and a former federal public service executive with over 30 years of experience in the Department of Transport and the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Franklin Roy brings a wide range of policy, administrative and human interest perspectives to learning and development activities. Over the course of his career at Transport Canada Mr. Roy developed and delivered training for public servants in new approaches to departmental leasing policies and practices. His efforts, for which the Minister of Transport awarded him a Transport Canada 50th anniversary medal in 1987, crystallized his ongoing interest in employee training and development. Shortly afterwards at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), he played a key role in the development of cross-cultural awareness sessions for employees that assumed special importance in the aftermath of the Oka crisis in 1990. Much of Mr. Roy’s work at INAC addressed the resolution of First Nations’ claims against historical transactions and a wide range of current-day policy and legislative regimes. For his contributions to the development of Aboriginal law he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Of necessity, Mr. Roy was called upon to understand, appreciate and act upon the many stakeholder interests engaged by this work. He brings this same careful analysis and sense of respect, balance and empathy to the learning and development activities that he develops and delivers.

Program Brochure

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Registration Fee

Up to 10 days before workshop: $690 + taxes
Within 10 days of workshop: $990 + taxes

Register for 18th and 19th of July 2017: Victoria

Register for 27th and 28th of November 2017: Ottawa

Register for 27th and 28th of March 2018: Toronto

Register for 24th and 25th of July 2018: Edmonton

What You Need To Know

Printed Materials
Materials required for the purposes of experiential learning, such as scenarios and exercises, as well as all workshop materials, are provided in printed form.

We know schedules can get quite busy, and we know last minute cancellations often wreak havoc on those schedules. That is why, as a measure of certainty, The Commons Institute rarely cancels its programs. We believe this puts us in a class of our own, and delivers worry-free professional development to the professionals that take our programs.

Locations & Cruise Offer
Our workshops are held annually in locations across Canada. In the event you have a group of learners and don’t see your location listed, please contact us and we’ll be glad to arrange for a workshop at your location.
Regarding our Caribbean cruise offer: the draw is conditional on the receipt of adequate registrations to enable your workshop to proceed. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash. Prize includes cruise component (inside room) only, does not include flight or other transportation to and from port, or incidental expenses. Cash value of prize can be capped at our sole discretion.

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