Leadership in the public sector has a vital role in a country’s progress. Compared to the private sector, leaders in public institutions face far greater challenges in fulfilling their multi-stakeholders obligations. This context often requires a clear purpose and different sets of leadership competencies. My recent class consisting of 30 Master of Business Administration (MBA) students who are also state government officers, had the opportunity to learn about this issue during the TalentTalks session held on 22nd August 2020. For this round, we invited an expert from the University of Manchester – Dr. Christopher Rees, is a Reader in Human Resources and Organisational Change at the Global Development Institute (GDI), University of Manchester, UK. He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Prior to commencing full-time academic work, Dr. Rees held senior positions in the public and financial services sectors in the UK. He also serves as the Standing Chair of the annual EISAM colloquium on Organisational Change and Development and familiar in human resources and public policy research in other countries, including Malaysia.

It was a successful, interactive session overall. Full details can be found here: