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Hong Kong LEAD Program: Currently Suspended
Director: Herman Dutch Leonard
Historical note: In 1998, the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Executive Program for high-level officers of the Hong Kong Civil Service was established under an agreement with the Secretary of the Hong Kong Civil Service Bureau. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government faced unique and unprecedented challenges, and the objective of the LEAD Program was to provide an opportunity for heads and deputy heads of government departments and policy bureaus to identify the strategic capacities and skills they needed to manage effectively in a new policy-making environment. Developed by the Kennedy School in collaboration with the Hong Kong Civil Service Bureau and Training and Development Institute, the first 5-day executive program was held at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in May 1998 and was attended by 30 directorate-level civil servants. After eight successful years of week-long workshops and mini-refresher courses, the Hong Kong Civil Service Bureau and Asia Programs mutually decided that the original needs of the CSB had been met.