Short Courses

Leadership and Management: An Introductory Short Course

Course Finished: 
4 modules over 2 weeks: R3 500 each or R12 000 for all four
Instructor: 

Prof Nicholas Rowe, Prof Marilise Smurthwaite, Miss Vuyo Themba and TBA

incl. course materials and refreshments

In four modules over two weeks, this short course will impart the latest thinking about a philosophy of leadership and management based on ethics and justice. In addition, participants will be introduced to the basic skills of running voluntary, non-profit and church organisations.

Module 1: Understanding leadership and management

  • What does it mean to be a leader? Changing views about leadership over time
  • Understanding leadership versus management (Hint: they are not the same thing)
  • The difference between leadership and ethical leadership
  • Are Christian leaders different from the above?
  • Approaches to ethical Christian leadership
  • Ethical decision making
  • Leadership within the parish, the NGO and the volunteer organisation: leading towards a more just society

Module 2: Leadership and Management in the work context

  • The Nature of Work in the 21st century
  • The Spirituality of work: what Christianity and other religions have to say about work
  • Being ethical at work: the South African ethical context, globalised work culture and the difference between law and ethics
  • Effective Management and leadership: skills, tasks and activities
  • within multi-cultural environments
    • Communication of vision, ethics, plans, progress, completion, with relevant stakeholders such as colleagues, employees, outside bodies, etc.
    • Leadership and management of staff
    • Conflict management, negotiation and peace-making (especially within multicultural environments)
    • Chairing meetings, agendas, minutes, records, legal aspects / documents; financial documents
    • Planning and assessment: consult with stakeholders, discuss, with a view to action

Module 3: Human Resources & Management Skills

  1. Getting the right people for the right work
  2. Human resources: recruitment / selection / orientation assessment / retirement / retrenchment
  3. Staff development
  4. Performance appraisal
  5. Building a sense of belonging and motivation
  6. Labour laws
  7. Office administration
  8. Clear and effective communication with staff and stakeholders
  9. Avoiding conflicts — Dealing with conflicts
  10. Writing effective proposals / reports / letters / proofreading

Module 4: Financial Management

  • Good stewardship of funds and property: oversight by leadership
  • Having the right accounting programme
  • Working within a budget: financial planning and accountability
  • Internal controls: authorisation for spending
  • Financial reporting compliance
  • Working with auditors
  • Understanding costs and working towards sustainability
  • Specifically, participants will
    • be able to distinguish between management and leadership and how both function in various organisational contexts.
    • gain insights into the spirituality of leadership as a foundational component of running a healthy organisation.
    • gain knowledge and skills to create an ethical work environment.
    • gain knowledge and skills necessary to practice good financial and human resource management in their various contexts.
    • learn practical skills for chairing meetings, setting agendas / minute-taking and setting time frames.
Module 1: Understanding Leadership and Management
Module 2: Leadership and Management in the Work Content
Module 3: Human Resources & Management Skills
Module 4: Finanacial Management

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