Serving as a senior official for the United Nations is both a great honour and an immense responsibility. UN leaders are expected to provide aspirational guidance and practical solutions to the complex challenges our world is facing, often in inclement conditions.

The rapid pace of change in today’s world means that the best leaders are the ones who keep growing.

Participants to the UN Leaders Programme explore UN leadership in the context of innovation, transformation, collaboration and resilience; reflect on strong and successful leadership approaches and their application; and forge deeper connections with colleagues from across the UN system through peer exchange.

Now entering its tenth year, the UN Leaders Programme has welcomed hundreds of senior UN officials from around the globe and world-renowned experts from different sectors to create a more effective and unified leadership culture in the UN system. It is now the official Leadership Development Programme of the UN Secretariat.



In this programme participants will:

  1. Reflect on strong and successful leadership, transformation and innovation approaches and their application in their context.
  2. Benefit from deeper connections with colleagues through peer exchange – and re-energize!
  3. Analyze and respond to leadership lessons from challenges, trends and opportunities.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The UN Leaders Programme fuses sessions exploring dimensions of leadership with discussion on thematic issues. Participants reflect on a variety of leadership approaches and their application in one’s day-to-day work.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

Topics, tailored by edition, may include: Leadership Reflections; Power, Authority, and the Dynamics of Relational Authenticity; Adaptive Leadership; Change and Innovation in the UN; Leadership Resilience; Global and Regional Challenges, Trends and Opportunities and the UN’s Role; Collaboration.

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff at the Director-level (D1-D2). By open enrolment or nomination. (Please note that some UN organizations follow an internal nomination process to identify candidates for the programme).

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

The course fee of 7,000 USD includes tuition and training materials. Participants or their sponsoring organizations are expected to cover all travel costs related to their attendance in the course.

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