The CTA currently employs over 500 permanent administrative and technical staff. Only a handful of whom have received formal training in leadership or public administration, and few of whom have received professional development opportunities outside training provided by the CTA. As the older generation of career CTA administrators approaches retirement, the next generation of mid and senior ranking staff, many of whom were born in exile, will soon shoulder the responsibility of leading the CTA into a pivotal phase of institutional change. With the challenges facing the Tibetan people more serious than ever, the importance of CTA staff gaining the skills, tools, and knowledge needed for effective leadership has never been greater.
The leadership development program is supporting a vertically integrated strategy of CTA staff leadership development that focuses on four target groups: senior and mid-level officials with managerial and administrative responsibility; junior CTA staff with potential to become future leaders; recent graduates aspiring to enter public service; and students at graduate schools, colleges, and secondary schools who are interested in public service and public leadership. Eleven types of short and long-term training courses, workshops, and graduate study opportunities aim to meet the respective needs these groups, and are interlinked to create a sequential continuum of leadership development for CTA staff at each stage of service and pre-service preparation. The program also provides leadership development opportunities to leaders within the Tibetan civil society: representatives from schools, NGOs, monastic community, cooperatives, etc.