n Journal of Public Administration - Strengthening senior management skills in the South African public service : a rationale for strategic leadership
|Article Title||Strengthening senior management skills in the South African public service : a rationale for strategic leadership|
|© Publisher:||South African Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM)|
|Journal||Journal of Public Administration|
|Publication Date||Apr 2009|
|Pages||3 - 14|
This article argues that managers in the South African public service require specific leadership skills to enhance service delivery. The slow pace of service delivery by many South African public service organisations suggests that such organisations have experienced crises due to the lack of leadership at the top, and at best the presence of only some elements of managerial leadership. The lack of strategic leadership and the prevalence of only some elements of managerial leadership are the most important issues facing the South African public service. The importance of strengthening leadership capability in the South African public service is highlighted. Thus, leadership training and development of managers should be a high priority in the South African public service. In this article it is suggested that management in the South African public service should be trained so that they incorporate strategic leadership, (which is defined herein as a synergistic combination of managerial and visionary leadership) in their managerial role. In relation to the need to improve service delivery, this article argues that leadership skills are deemed critical for managers and should, therefore, be part of the leadership development management framework in the South African public service.
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