Lao leadership training sponsored by SIDA

A seminar sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA, was recently held for key officials from the Lao Science Technology and Environment Agency (STEA) on the skills required to become a good leader.

Attending the first of seven management and leadership seminars from October 31 to November 1, officials were introduced to the key ideas in general management practice at the STEA office.

The participants were given a questionnaire consisting of 64 statements relating to leadership issues. The participants read through all of the statements and indicated whether the statements were desired leadership practices.

Organisers say the seminars aim to give STEA officials an enhanced ability to lead their staff, reinforce good management techniques and balance staff management with task operations and other responsibilities.
Staff from Oudomsay, Xieng Khuang and Champassak provinces attended the courses as these STEA branches are considered focal areas for strengthening environmental management through STEA capacity building.
The seminar series is being held in accordance with cooperation for the sustainable strengthening of environment management in Laos, first agreed to on December 12, 2000 between STEA and the Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA.
The SIDA cooperation project for the sustainable strengthening of environment management in Laos, first agreed to on December 12, 2000 between STEA and SIDA, is expected to continue to improve the knowledge and skills of staff in the provinces.

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