The primary goal of the leadership program is the creation of a pool of young individuals who understand the importance of values and integrity, and who are ready to take the lead in promoting rule of law principles and enforce them through their work.
The project's objectives are to train talented junior lawyers to become leaders in their field, to equip them with essential leadership skills, project management abilities, as well as substantive knowledge about democracy, rule of law, justice and especially professional ethics. They will also be involved in individual and group projects in order for them to have a practical understanding of what being a leader means.
The target group of this program is made of law students in their last year of university studies, master or doctoral law students, and recent law graduates in the first three years of their professional career, who prove leadership potential. The participants, coming from all over Romania, need to be genuinely interested and committed to play a pro-active role in the evolutions of the legal and socio-political system of Romania.
The activities envisaged by the project will comprise three main components: learning, seeing and doing. Each of these components focuses on the development of key abilities foreseen for the participants in the program. The program consists of six training sessions throughout 2011, meetings with experts, seminars, and developing a project.
Training sessions: February -- June 2011
I. Vision and Creativity. Let the Thinking Begin!
Humanity as the fundamental value of justice
How to design the right vision
Creativity and critical skills
A vision for change in the justice system
II. Team Leading and Team-work. The Tale of I Do vs. We Do
Building trust while you lead
The secret of teamwork: inspiration and motivation
Basic communication skills for managers
III. Decision Making and Change Management. The Art of Sound Choices
The modern concept of justice
Decision toolkit for legal professionals
Planning for change
My personal plan of action
IV. Project Management. The "How to" that Will Make the Difference
Supervision skills for legal professionals
Transforming vision into action: resources management
V. Communication Skills. Say It Better, Write It Better
Is Morality the permanent challenge of Law?
Communication and presentation skills
The persuasion toolkit of the leader
VI. Evaluation and Feedback. What Else You Need to Know to Make a Good Leader
What did I learn from the Leaders for Justice program?
Why do I want to be a good leader?
Where can I find the necessary resources?
When shall I start to practice leadership?
The main result of the leadership program will be the sustained training and support of 20 young lawyers. We envisage an attitudinal and behavioral change of the participants, whom we expect to develop leadership skills, capabilities and modes of action, and thus become agents of change. The participants shall serve as multipliers and pass on their experience to a wider spectrum of young legal professionals. Through this, they are expected to create a national network of young legal professionals, and to contribute to the strengthening of civil society organizations in the field.