Leadership and management principles, models and theories discussed at OSCE Border Management Staff College



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DUSHANBE, 18 March 2015 – Decision-making models of leadership and situational leadership theory were discussed at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe from 9-18 March 2015.

22 current and future leaders from the border security and management agencies of Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and Ukraine attended the course.

The Border Security Programme Expert for Education and Training at the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) Nevenka Tomovic and the Head of the Innovative Applied Learning Technology Centre at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences Marek Link delivered the training, focusing on practical work, case studies and interactive exercises.

“The study sessions focused on leadership models and competency frameworks, and presented a range of leadership and management frameworks currently used in border security related agencies,” said the Chief of Education at the OSCE Border Management Staff College Alexander Eliseev.

Nevenka Tomovic said: “The participants represent different border security systems and we made our best to focus on the needs of each of them. As preliminary information was delivered via e-learning study, our sessions focused on practical examples illustrating on how to translate this knowledge in practice.”

The educational programme, launched in September 2014, aims to enhance the professional skills of current and future border security officers in the context of international standards. It combines knowledge from various disciplines to achieve interoperability and harmonization in securing and managing borders. Participants learn and research important features of the contemporary security environment, different aspects of threats, the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept, conflict solving methods, strategic thinking, and management and leadership.

The curriculum is composed of three modules: Modern Security Challenges and Border Management, Management and Leadership, Current and Emerging Trends in Border Security Management.

Each module consists of a variety of training and learning modalities and methods that include e-learning supported by tutoring, lectures, case-studies, writing analytical and policy oriented research papers, follow-on discussions on subject matter, group exercises and activities supported by experts, and field visits to borders crossing points.

The study sessions were held in the framework of the Border Security and Management for Senior Leadership (BSMSL) one-year blended learning course designed and organized in close co-operation with DCAF.