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Ireland´s Public Service Development Agency

Leadership Challenge for Senior Public Servants

The Leadership Challenge is an intensive Leadership Development Programme for Senior Public Servants.

The programme was first launched in 2005 by the Institute of Public Administration. Over three hundred senior public servants drawn from central and local government, state agencies and the health sector, have attended the programme to date.

The Leadership Challenge is reviewed annually to ensure that it continues to address the major challenges of leadership and change in the Irish public sector. The programme is short, intensive and delivered in three modules, two of which are residential, with individual coaching.

2017 Brochure Available Here

Who is it for?

The Leadership Challenge programme will be of interest to those at senior levels in the public service who wish to engage in a challenging and intensive programme to enhance their leadership capacity. It will be of interest to those who have senior leadership roles in central and local government, health and state agencies and international institutions and who are committed to progress and development.

Venue, Dates and Fees

The programme will be delivered over three modules, two of which are residential.

Module 1: 1-3 March 2017 (Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford)

Module 2: 30 May - 2 June 2017 (Warwick University, UK)

Module 3: 29 June 2017 (IPA, Dublin)

The cost of the programme for 2017 is €7,300 per person.

Bookings / Enquiries

A total of 22 places are available on this programme. 

To apply, please complete and return an application form to:

Emer McManus, Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration | 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135 | Email:

2017 Brochure Available Here

Nomination Form Available Here

57-61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 | Tel: +353 1 240 3600 | Fax: +353 1 668 9135 | Registration no: 21087