We recognise that leadership is a multidimensional art and capacity in any context, and for international civil servants in the UN whose mandate is based on the values and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, the challenges are numerous.
In 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres proposed a reform agenda aimed at transforming the UN into a nimble, transparent and pragmatic organisation. In a corresponding report, he proposes changes to the management model that would address shortcomings in management culture and leadership. It makes clear that the UN must move toward a culture that focuses on results rather than processes, better manages administrative and mandate delivery risks, and values innovation.
In response to the Secretary-General’s reform proposals, we have initiated two projects that through publications and trainings seek to address the internal and external challenges and opportunities pertaining to leadership and management in the UN. With these projects we aim to build knowledge and inspire transformative leadership and management practices at all levels of the UN.