Building Water Leadership Capacity

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presented by Fiona Chandler in Asia Water Week 2013, Manila 11-13 March 2013

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Building Water Leadership Capacity

  1. 1. Building water leadershipBuilding water leadershipcapacityp yFiona Chandlerf.chandler@watercentre.org14 March, 2013Asia Water Week, Manila
  2. 2. MembersSupporterSupporterBuilding water leadership capacity
  3. 3. My top 3 messagesMy top 3 messages1. Leadership is a fundamental part of integrated watermanagementmanagement2. Leadership as a process of influence2. Leadership as a process of influence3. Effective leadership is very context specificCollaborative Networks for Water Management
  4. 4. Building water leadership capacity
  5. 5. Whole of water cycle …Building water leadership capacity
  6. 6. Building water leadership capacity
  7. 7. International WaterCentre | Healthy Waterways Ltd | Hodge Environmental
  8. 8. A changing climate49o CelsiusBuilding water leadership capacity
  9. 9. A changing climate49o CelsiusCourtesy of D. Hearne
  10. 10. Managing Water as a Wicked Problem?Key Characteristics:1. Difficult to clearly define problem2 Many interdependencies2. Many interdependencies3. Attempts to address problem oftenleads to unforseen consequences4. Problem is not stable5. There is no clear solution6. Problem is socially complex7. Rarely the responsibility of any oneorganisation8. Solution involves changing behaviour8. Solution involves changing behaviour9. Characterised by chronic policy failureAustralian Public ServicesCommission (2007)
  11. 11. Why build leadership capacity?• Moving to more integrated ways of managing wateris often a major process of change that involvesadaptive challenges.• Rapid, turbulent change is now common.• Leadership abilities are essential in this context.• Leadership is needed throughout organisations.• Research findings from around the world highlightthe value of particular types of water leader.
  12. 12. Leadership and change• Professor John Kotter (2006, p. 14) – Harvard( , p )Business School:“Producing change is about 80% leadership… and 20% management… In most changeefforts, those percentages are reversed. We, p gcontinue to produce great managers; weneed to develop great leaders.”
  13. 13. What do we mean by ‘leadership’?Leadership is like successfullynavigating a rapid:– Develop a shared visionof how to negotiate therapidrapid– Coordinate the team’sresources and abilities– Motivate and inspire theteam to generate extraefforteffort(A. Taylor, 2011)
  14. 14. What do we mean by ‘leadership’?• A process of influence that accomplishes threeoutcomes:outcomes:– Direction: a shared understanding (vision) of commongoals and strategy.g gy– Alignment: the coordination ofresources and activities.– Commitment: a commitment tocollective success.• Influence vs. authority.
  15. 15. T-shaped water professionals
  16. 16. IWCIWCModel:HelpingHelpingwaterleaders toleaders tobeeffectiveeffective
  17. 17. IWC Model - Effective Integrated WaterManagement LeadersLeader attributesTheir context(i l ll )gLeader attributes(incl. colleagues)Abilities / capacityIntegrating & collaborating(k l d & kill )Understanding Organising Influencing(knowledge & skills)(technicalknowledge & skills)(managementknowledge & skills)(leadershipknowledge, skills &networks)
  18. 18. Key leadership roles in the water sector• 3 key water leadership roles:– Project champion – initiate and drive processes ofh hi hl ti t d l t ti i flchange, highly motivated, excel at exerting influence– Enabling water leader - people who enable others to findsolutions to complex water management problems createsolutions to complex water management problems, createenvironments for others to interact and collaborate– Team / project leader – formally responsible for deliveringoutcomes, need to build, manage and monitor projectdelivery and build and communicate shared visions
  19. 19. Overview of the IWC Water Leadership Program• Elements include:– Pre-training exercises and reading– Customised 360-degree / multi-rater feedback tool– Face-to-face training – 2 intensives, 7 days, 27 modules– Individual leadership development plansIndividual leadership development plans– Leadership projects– 1 to 1 coaching sessionsMentoring arrangements– Mentoring arrangements(individual & group)– Monthly on-line discussionforums and learning modulesforums and learning modules
  20. 20. My top 3 messagesMy top 3 messages1. Leadership is a fundamental part of integrated watermanagementmanagement2. Leadership as a process of influence2. Leadership as a process of influence3. Effective leadership is very context specificCollaborative Networks for Water Management
  21. 21. Thank youyf.chandler@watercentre.orgwww.watercentre.org

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