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This course is to prepare our students to lead global social and environmental change, and to prepare them for service and leadership with social innovation. Public Leadership explores the theory and practice of leadership, empowering students to become social change agents through hands-on public services, projects and examination of pressing social, political, and economic issues. This course is prepared for students from public, social and private sectors that are committed to developing their leadership skills for the common good.

The programme fee covers tuition, books, case materials, accommodations, and three meals daily. The accommodation will be provided in a four star hotel in the city metropolis.


Students in this course will be able to apply skills related to leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship to make an impact on a social issue or problem of their choice. To become an effective public leader, it requires certain strength, skills, and confidence which can only be achieved through the dynamics of leadership management training and innovation. Communities are still confined with issues like high unemployment rate, poor and inadequate education, lack of infrastructure, insufficient social amenities, poor health care, increasing inequality, and a raft of other issues. These challenges offer the exact settings to look at old problems in new ways, an opportunity for social innovation fuelled by its large and growing youth population Thus, it is important to manage public leadership with social innovation. In every case, class, event, activity, one is asked not only to study leadership, but to demonstrate it.

Interest in social innovation and public leadership will only grow in Nigeria when organizations and government recognize the need to pursue new and creative methods to achieve their goals with response to social change. Innovations are transforming the world, markets are undergoing massive change, and philanthropists are changing their practices. The speed of change is faster than ever, and the social and environmental need is reaching a frightening crescendo. We are providing lasting panacea to matters that had proven difficult through this course to develop innovative leaders for community and national development. The programme also Includes an opportunity to effectively raise, manage and deploy real funds to achieve social impact.


This public leadership and social innovation course is designed to introduce the concept as well as engage students and the tutor in a joint learning experience of this emerging field. Through the course, students will:

  • To develop the art of constructive leadership and citizenry giving back their time, their talents and resources towards improving the community and society
  • Be prepared to become an effective public innovative leader for community and national development.
  • Be prepared for service and leadership with social innovation.
  • Be empowered to become social change agents through hands-on public services, projects and examinations of pressing social, political and economic issues.

Who is the programme for?

  • High potential individuals in public offices, Private sector and Non-governmental institutions
  • Consultants in public and private sectors.
  • Researchers/research institutions.
  • Public Entrepreneurs
  • Administrators
  • Programmme Directors
  • Invariably, this course is open to everybody

Programme Focus

  • Inculcate the ability to identify ways of tackling social, economic and environmental problems and focused in creating social change around a specific problem.
  • To realise the importance or need for dynamics of leadership management training and social innovation so as to produce an effective public leader.
  • Recognize the need to pursue new and creative methods to achieve growth in the interest of society and environment with response to a changing world.
  • Develop greater self-awareness by exploring, experimenting and reflecting on your leadership style.
  • How to manage public leadership with social innovation in Nigeria
  • Learn how to deliver business results through the work of others. Project and action planning provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice

Key Benefits

  • Develop leadership skills and frameworks to transition from individual contributor to manager of others
  • Will learn to demonstrates leadership potentials and a clear drive and motivation to contribute to social change having specific idea of how they may contribute to advancing this change
  • Know how to approach innovation with a learning mindset with Compelling reasoning for pursuing social innovation within the context of a public policy school
  • Will develop an action-orientation and hunger to learn from failure.
  • Prepare to be competitive in the local and global market banking on effective leadership and increasing social innovation.
  • Increase your ability to negotiate and influence both within a team and the social and political landscape of an organization.
  • Considering actions that will reshape and develop public innovative leaders for community and national development.
  • Deliver results through others for organizational impact
  • Elevate your confidence and anchor your career in the fundamental drivers of performance
  • Practical and strategic thinking exercises empower you to hold your own when working with others
  • One-on-one coaching addresses your personal leadership approach.
  • Understand what is masses oriented projects and programmes as a public leader


This course is accredited and to be awarded credit, you must complete written contributions satisfactorily. Successful students will receive credit, awarded by the Board of Studies of Social Enterprise Academy and International Affiliates. The award will take the form of Advanced Certificate. Exceptional students will be recognised.

Assessment Methods

Assessment for this course is based on class participation and assignments.

IT Requirements

It is expected that participants should be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending emails, searching the Internet, searching for course materials online, submission of assignments, making of enquiries on the programme, and getting further information about the Academy.

Recommended Reading

To participate in the course you will need to have regular access to the Internet and you will need to read the following textbooks:

  • Strategic Leadership in the Public Services (Routledge Masters in Public Management) by Paul Joyce (November 2011).
  • The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in Government Organizations by Steven Cohen, William Eimicke and Tanya Heikkila (October 2013).
  • The Social Innovation Imperative: Create Winning Products, Services and Programs That Solve Society’s Most Pressing Challenges by Sandra M. Bates (January 2012)

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods for this course include:

  • Individual or group activity on a topic area of interest to the students on public leadership and social innovation.
  • Daily discussion and reflection questions on readings.
  • Short activities to support readings.
  • Daily journals for students to engage in discussions among their peers.

Teaching Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to:

  • Understand and apply the skills related to leadership, social innovation and entrepreneurship to make an impact on a social issue.
  • Effectively raise, manage and deploy real funds to achieve social impact.

By the end of this course, students will be expected to have gained the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the meaning of public leadership and social innovation, how its principles have been applied to address social problems.


Every Social Enterprise Academy programme is developed and taught by SEA faculty who are widely recognised as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, SEA faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is a teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior social and business leaders.


Please submit your application at least two weeks before the programme start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organisational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Social Enterprise Academy (SEA) expects the full commitment of the participants and their organisations because our programmes enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organisations. While participants are attending a programme, sponsoring organisations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience

EXE 701 Public Leadership and Social Innovation (3 UNITS)

The topics covered include, but not limited to, the following:

  • The concept of public leadership and social innovation
  • Theory and practice of leadership
  • The concept of social change
  • Dynamics of leadership management
  • Public leadership and management
  • Public leadership as related to the public, social and private sectors
  • Social innovation and public leadership
  • Leadership styles for public and social enterprise
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Drivers of performance in social innovation
  • Negotiation and influence strategies
  • Masses-oriented project and programme, and action plan
  • Creativity and innovation process
  • Funds management

Course exercise

Students will be presented with some case studies for analysis. The cases will centre on effective fund raising, leader management, and deployment to achieve social impact.

Student Activities

  1. Students will discuss contemporary social problems in their communities
  2. Students will identify individual leadership style and reflect on its adequacy in managing emerging social issues
  3. Students will be divided into groups and instructed to examine any pressing social, political and economic issues in their immediate environment and devise any leadership action that could address the issue for the betterment of the populace. The outcome would be presented in the class as group presentation.
  4. Each student will submit a paper, for grading, on the leadership approach considered most adequate for a named social problem.


Class participation- 30%

Group work & presentation- 30%

Individual presentation- 20%

Individual Assignment report- 20%

A student will be awarded the Executive Certificate with a minimum grade of 50%

Time Spread

Total Hours: 7hrs x 7days = 49hrs

Lectures/Class discussions: 42hrs

Class Exercises (case analysis, simulations, role play, etc): 2hrs

Group meetings for team projects: 2hrs

Individual/Group Presentations: 3hrs

Individual reading and assignments: off hours