Supporting Adaptive and Inclusive Leaders in Vanuatu’s Justice, Policing and Community Services Sector

Stretem Rod Blong Jastis mo Sefti Program
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The executive leadership retreat for the Justice and Community Service sector is the flagship leadership and team development activity under the Executive Development Program for leaders in Vanuatu’s Justice and Community Services sector.

Designed and facilitated by Square Circle, the two-day leadership retreat provided a foundational leadership and team development learning experience for agency heads. The purpose of the leadership retreat was to provide a foundational leadership and team development learning experience for agency heads that supports the sector vision of ‘Jastis, sefti, digniti, rispek mo gud fasin blong evriwan’, or ‘access to justice for all’. The theme for the retreat was ‘Inclusive Strategic Leadership’—the ability to think and lead strategically, inclusively and adaptively in a way that delivers justice for all.

The program engaged leaders with a mixture of conceptual and practical frameworks to help participants strategically analyze the simple and complex problems and development challenges they face as public service leaders in the justice sector. The course supported participants in considering strategies for becoming more strategic, adaptive, and inclusive leaders. Gender, inclusion and participatory planning was also mainstreamed across the two-day program and engaged as an area of strategic focus. Another key feature of the workshop was the use of digital storytelling to record ‘Personal Leadership Visions’ that connect to the Justice and Community Services Sector Strategy 2018-2021 and Vanuatu 2030: The People’s Plan.

The workshop was attended by 13 agency heads from the policing, justice and community services sector.

The retreat was an opportunity to focus and reflect on my leadership style and how I can improve it in the light of the different multi-dimensional factors that often go into sound strategic decisions, some of them I was aware of but now made more clearer to me.

Workshop participant

The retreat helped me understand myself and gave me a better picture on how I can be a better leader.

Workshop participant

The workshop really contextualised very practical and relevant to our role as executive leaders.

Workshop participant

This retreat has allowed a self reflection on my leadership style and role in this complex and challenging responsibility. This workshop is timely and excellent in providing new ideas and forging relationships with sector agencies in delivering on our mandate.

Workshop participant

But the most important lesson the treat has given me is that “NO one agency is an island. If there is no linkages between the heads, a sector is just a theory.

Workshop participant

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