PAI’s Certificate in Strategic Leadership – 3 day blended programme

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Dates and Times

Day 1: Wednesday, November 1st 2023 – In person (9:30am – 4:00pm)

Day 2: Wednesday 8th November 2023 – online (9.00am start)

Day 3: Wednesday, 15th November 2023 – online (9:30am – 4:00pm)

Price: €1,650

Please note: Day 1 of this programme will take place in person in a Dublin 4 venue (Grand Canal Hotel) to allow for additional engagement and initial peer learning. The remainder of the course will be delivered online.


About the course

What does it take to be a good leader and manager in public sector organisations? It is often said that good leaders are made and not born, and that leadership skills are acquired through identifying your own leadership styles and adapting them to the situation and people involved in your workplace. Formal training programmes in leadership provide a learning structure within which to develop an understanding of the principles of leadership and identify areas in which individuals need to concentrate their development effort to be excellent leaders and managers.

This Certificate in Strategic Leadership is a qualification exploring roles and theories, winning and maintaining commitment, setting and communicating direction. Attendees will be given a thorough grounding in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This instrument is the most widely-used framework for providing insights and understanding of individual preferences that may drive specific workplace behaviours. It is particularly useful for those who do not have the opportunity to engage actively in leadership but who are preparing to do so, or for those employed in a leadership role and are keen to underpin their practice with a clearer knowledge of the principles of leadership.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, attendees will have acquired an understanding of developing and leading teams and their own leadership capability.

Through the course, attendees will:

  • Assess and develop their own ability to motivate others and build commitment to their organisation’s values and goals;
  • Assess the effect the prevailing leadership styles have on behaviour and performance in their organisation;
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of their own personality and how it influences their behaviour at work across a range of contexts and situations;
  • Develop their ability to communicate their organisation’s values and goals to others;
  • Develop their own ability to use different leadership styles, as appropriate to the situation and people involved;
  • Identify and improve on the factors shaping levels of motivation and commitment;
  • Improve and develop their personal leadership and management skills for the public sector workplace; and
  • Use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to focus on the likely strengths and positive qualities of different personality styles.

Intended Audience

The intended audience is public sector employees who in the course of their work are expected to perform a leadership role. Delegates have been from the civil service, state agencies and bodies, universities and local authorities. They are usually head of a function, a manager, director or senior executive (typically equivalent to HEO, AP, PO grades in the civil service). It is also of value and interest to specialists, officers and officials at all grades who are preparing to take on leadership roles and who wish to progress their careers.


Delegates will receive CPD certification upon completion of this programme.

Tailored Training

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.


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PAI's Certificate in Leadership

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