Professional Development Training Program on Leadership in Agricultural Research Management, 30 May-10 June 2018

This ten day long professional development training program on Leadership in Agricultural Research Management is tailored to the needs for future research managers from Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, who are responsible for achieving technical changes in developing the country. "


Leadership is one of the most important predictors to effectively adapt and perform in a dynamic environment. The development of effective leaders and leadership behavior is a prominent concern in all type of organizations across the globe, which are undergoing revolutionary changes, and they need a new kind of leadership thinking to cope with the challenges, plan strategically and envision the future of the organization. Therefore, leadership development has emerged as an active field of theory building and research, providing a more scientific and evidence-based foundation to augment the long-standing practitioner interest in the topic. Despite the fact that organizations are increasing their investments in leadership development, there is an emerging consensus that the source of leadership talent is insufficient to meet the needs of contemporary organizations. It has been studied that “leadership development could be one of the integration strategies by helping people understand how to relate to others, coordinate their efforts, build commitments, and develop extended social networks by applying self-understanding to social and organizational imperatives.”

In many Asian countries, education, training institutions, and government organizations have been considered as a key component of human resource development. Leadership in research institute will have to come from a disciplinary background and leading department in which all staff members are genuinely committed to research. The effective senior leaders will need to be careful to focus sharply on aspects of research productivity under their control and actions to expand time and energy to support research development. Many research studies have shown that soft skills are as important as talent or technical know-how in order to succeed in working day-to-day basic and managing.

Program Outline

The main focus of this professional training program will be more towards experiential learning combining sharing experiences, lessons learned, study and exposure visits. The participants will be able to learn and extend their professional knowledge on academic and non-academic officers in the areas of Leadership skill in research development. It will provide insight into leadership and team building as well as direction on how to develop and manage a scientific research program, how to improve productivity, and how to harness creativity and innovation.

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of this program will ensure that the participants acquire knowledge and uplift their understanding of the fundamental approaches towards Leadership role on effective research project management, team building, communication and negotiation skills; which are the keys to innovative agricultural research system. Upon completion of this program, we expect that the participants will have a full understanding of the following aspects:

Key leadership theories and ideas

  • Skills to lead an effective and successful research program
  • Leadership skill to increase personal and team productivity
  • HR planning, development, and Management
  • Difference between a leader and a follower
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Conflict Management and resolution
  • Organizational effectiveness and team building capacity
  • General Guidelines on effective research project management
  • Role of a chairman in conducting effective meetings


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