The Creating the Leading-Edge Programme (CLE) has been developed by and for the universities in the Western Cape and is presented under the auspices of the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC). The programme is designed to meet the management capacity development needs of academic and administrative middle managers and to create effective networks of key managers in the Western Cape. The programme is specifically designed for academic heads of departments, heads of research entities, and support/professional staff managers. Typically, the selected candidate will have at least a post graduate qualification and more than five years work experience as a new or existing manager in their positions. However, universities are free to select any participant that they believe will benefit from the course.
The CLE is endorsed by Universities South Arica for its relevance and responsiveness to developing and supporting the leadership and management knowledge and skills required, for greater efficiency and effectiveness in the systems, processes, people and technology requirements of our universities.
The purpose of the CLE is: “To build and develop human capacity to create a thriving and supportive HE workspace.”
The core courses constitute a comprehensive middle management development programme based on the essential competencies that all leaders and managers need. It is highly recommended that participants register for the full CLE Programme to achieve maximum benefit.
The CLE follows a sequential developmental level phased approach:
Phase 1. Leading the team: Understanding the self in relation to others
Phase 2. The HE strategic space: HE in a new context, University strategic planning, execution and governance, Achieving strategy through operational excellence
Phase 3. The creation of a conducive HE workspace: Digital transformation in HE, Performance engagement and succession planning, Effective communications strategies
Phase 4. Personal development options: A new selection of elective courses (Resilience and wellness in a time of turbulence, Leading in employee relations, Leading through creativity, problem-solving, entrepreneurship
The sequence of the courses offers a sequential developmental level approach in four phases:
The team environment ➤ the HE strategic space ➤ creating a thriving work environment ➤ personal development.