Excellence in public sector leadership

Crawford School of Public Policy | Executive course


If you are an executive or leader interested in achieving leadership excellence in your role, this course has been designed specifically for this you. Harnessing the latest research advances from contextual behavioural science, this workshop teaches you how to cultivate a high-performing mind in managing change. Combining the tools of psychological flexibility and human behavioural insights will help you more consistently allocate the scarce resource of attention to what is most important and achieve results through people – the key assets for productivity enhancement and successful change transformation.

Course date: 
9.30am–4.30pm 10 October 2018

Course overview

You will learn to deal with habitual and negative responses and behaviours in both yourself and others, to name and identify such behaviours and develop the metacognition and perspective-taking to recognise and manage this intrinsically and extrinsically. By taking perspective on your part in a larger system, you will learn how you are modifying the system, and develop a more flexible repertoire of chosen responses to challenging and difficult situations. Such personal responsiveness has been shown to significantly enhance work engagement, communication, stress management, learning and information processing, emotional intelligence, executive functioning, cognitive style, and physical and mental wellbeing.

In this course you will learn to:

  • Develop and refine the attributes of psychological flexibility as a leader and manager.
  • Identify intrinsic core values for success that facilitate personal agility and responsiveness.
  • Develop a broader repertoire of chosen responses to life’s situations.
  • Develop an empathetic approach by increasing your awareness of peers, bosses and subordinates and in so doing, better appreciate their needs and strengths.
  • Facilitate constructive and productive engagements with others that deliver results and create a positive impact at the workplace.
  • Improve your sensitivity and develop a tool-kit of diverse approaches for dealing with people effectively and efficiently.

Cost: $1,350 GST incl; Group discounts applicable.

Course date: 9.30am–4.30pm 10 October 2018

Venue:#132, Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Enrol now

Download registration form here

Complete your registration form and email to csee@anu.edu.au.

We’ll contact you to confirm your enrolment. Invoices are raised post-course to cater for any changes or cancellations prior to the course date. If you would like an invoice prior to the course, please let us know when you send through the registration form to csee@anu.edu.au.

For further enquiries, please email csee@anu.edu.au us or call 02 6125 2154.

Important information about your enrolment

All full day subscription courses are $1,350 (GST incl) unless otherwise specified. Maximum class size is 22 participants. Full day courses run from 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Group discounts are available for bulk registrations of 3 or more participants. To receive the group discount, registrations must include full details of all participants attending.

Cancellations or changes to course registrations should be provided in writing to csee@anu.edu.au at the earliest opportunity. Substitutions of registrants or shifting to other courses is permissible but subject to approval and may incur a cost.

Please view our Cancellation Policy for further information.

Course convenor

Dr Robert Styles

Dr Robert Styles is a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. As a Contextual Behavioural Scientist, his applied work has been a study of how language and cognition functions to influence psychological and social wellbeing, particularly the enhancement of team productivity, collaboration and performance. This work has been part of an international initiative stemming out of the University of Nevada and The Evolution Institute, Florida, aimed at applying evolutionary and behavioural principles to solving real-world problems.

Within ANU, the ongoing application of Robert’s research is at the operational nexus of a number of different disciplines including applied behavioural psychology, organisational and cultural sociology, evolutionary science, and systems engineering. Currently this work is being applied in Australia, SE Asia and Africa, within corporations and public-sector agencies striving to improve strategic and behavioural approaches to human capital development, and the sustainability of individual and collective endeavours shared across local and regional communities.

Over the last decade Dr Styles has advised and mentored over 300 top executives and leaders, and consulted to a range of clients including: the Australian Public Service Commission, NSW Health, Australian National University, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet, Australia Federal Police, NTU Executive MBA Singapore, Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection, and China Ministry of Education. Between 2008 and 2012 he was a principal leadership consultant for the APSC-DFAT Leading Australia‘s Future in Asia-Pacific (LAFIA) SES training program; he led the design of the SES leadership development suite of programs implemented by the APSC from 2011-12; and, he designed, lead and researched the impact of an approach to applied behavioural psychology with systems engineering within the Museum of Australian Democracy and Australian Government Department of Finance between 2014 to 2017.

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