An introduction to public leadership
An introduction to public leadership

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

2.5 Week 2 round-up

At the beginning of this week’s activities, you read that one of the key challenges for leaders is to identify opportunities for improvement in the work of service teams and organisations they lead, and to initiate the changes that will effect those improvements. For public leaders, these opportunities need to be rooted in an understanding of public value.

Two approaches to change have been examined: the incremental approach associated with ongoing continuous improvement; and the planned approach associated with more fundamental, transformational change or innovation. Either way, change is not always straightforward and requires key skills in leaders to be able to imagine a different future and influence ot0hers to create and monitor the changes.

The adoption of a systems approach to change encourages leaders to clarify the context of any improvements or changes they implement as a ‘microsystem’ – an assemblage of staff, technology, data, methods and participative commitment. This week you have learned something of the operational planning and implementation of change and improvement.

Next week, you will examine in more detail the leadership of people and teams, focusing on how effective leaders can mobilise the commitment of their team, and how leadership extends beyond the boundaries of the immediate team (or microsystem) to influence the work of other teams.

You can now go to Week 3 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371