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United Nations Leadership Dialogue 2016


Welcome to the resource page for the 2016 United Nations Leadership Dialogue. Between ‎now and 31 December 2016, all managers in the Secretariat are asked to host a one-hour ‎dialogue session with their direct reports on the topic, “Fraud awareness and prevention: How do I fit in?” This year's Leadership Dialogue topic asks staff members to think about ways in which to detect, deter, prevent and respond to these serious ethical challenges, and the role they can play in helping to protect the Organization. The topic is in partial response to a recommendation of the Board of Auditors to raise awareness of fraud risks, to communicate regularly on fraud risks, and to provide training for all staff.

Each head of department/head of mission should lead the first Leadership Dialogue ‎session for his or her direct reports. Following that initial session, those direct reports ‎will schedule and lead the next sessions. The dialogues should occur in this “cascading” ‎fashion, until all managers have engaged their staff in a Leadership Dialogue. Upon completion of the programme, respective Executive/Administrative Officers are requested to submit to the Ethics Office final staff participation statistics for their respective Departments/Offices by 15 February 2017.

All materials needed for the Leadership Dialogue are provided via the link box above. Detailed instructions for the 2016 Leadership Dialogue programme may be found in the Leader’s Guide.  The Guide additionally contains feedback forms for Departments/Offices to complete and return to the Ethics Office. To open or download the document(s), click on the link(s) provided. If you cannot download the materials, or if you have reviewed the materials and still have questions, please contact the Ethics Office directly.

The most important thing is that you enjoy the session. Having also been conducted in 2013, 2014 and 2015, feedback on the Leadership Dialogue initiative has been overwhelmingly positive. We are confident you will have a similar experience regarding the 2016 programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.‎ Why should I do this programme?

A. All managers in the Secretariat are asked to host a one-hour session with their direct reports on this year’s topic, “Fraud awareness and prevention: How do I fit in?” All heads of department will be asked to confirm to the Ethics Office that their managers have all completed their Leadership Dialogue sessions. By discussing with colleagues important issues such as preventing fraud and corruption, we contribute to enhancing the work and effectiveness of the Organisation.  

Q.‎ I am not a great trainer or public speaker. Do I have to do this program?‎

A.‎ Don’t worry . The Leader’s Guide was designed with you in mind . Just follow the ‎programme that has been provided and you will find that it is relatively easy to lead ‎your session . The most important thing you can do, besides being prepared, is to be honest, open, and authentic with your team during this discussion.

Q. What if I cannot answer all of the questions raised during the session?‎

A. The Leader’s Guide provides summary points that should address most questions ‎that may be raised. However, it is entirely possible that your staff will ask questions ‎or raise issues not previously considered. This is a wonderful opportunity for the ‎group to consider the issue and reach its own answers. For matters you continue to ‎struggle with, document the question and consult with the Ethics Office. After your ‎consultation, you can go back to your staff and share helpful information.‎

Q. I am ready to conduct my session, but my manager has not yet done her ‎session with our team . Can I go ahead with my own session ?‎

A. The program is designed in a “management cascade” style, which anticipates that ‎you will lead your session once your manager has conducted her session with you. ‎However, you may go ahead with your session if you are ready. ‎

Q. Can I ask my Executive Office, or another manager, to do these sessions ‎instead of me ?‎
A. No. The purpose of the dialogue session is to allow you and your staff to engage in ‎a direct discussion with each other about this important issue. Having someone other ‎than the manager lead the discussion does not achieve the purpose of the program. ‎But don’t worry – the Leader’s Guide was designed to make facilitating the ‎discussion relatively easy.‎

Q. How can I learn more about ethics standards and issues?‎

A. Feel free to download and view additional information from the Ethics Office website. ‎In particular , you are encouraged to download our new ethics guide, "Putting Ethics to ‎Work : A Guide for UN Staff(pdf icon) , which is also available in French(pdf icon) , and The Roadmap: A Staff Member’s Guide to Finding the Right Place (pdf icon)  on the Ethics Advice and Guidance page.

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