“When asked to define the ideal leader, many would emphasize traits such as intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision—the qualities traditionally associated with leadership. Such skills and smarts are necessary but insufficient qualities for the leader. Often left off the list are softer, more personal qualities—but they are also essential. Although a certain degree of analytical and technical skill is a minimum requirement for success, studies indicate that emotional intelligence may be the key attribute that distinguishes outstanding performers from those who are merely adequate.” Harvard Business review, 2004
My people perish for the lack of vision, said the good old book. Vision is the key to any significant achievement in life. However without leadership, there is no vision. Our mission is to develop young Africans around the world into leaders who can effect social change in their community. We will help prepare the young generation to become leaders in the public, business, academic, sciences, arts, music, and other professional fields.
Leadership skills are not acquired by accident. These skills can be taught and nurtured over time in order to make one an effective leader.
Even though about 80% of the population has access to basic education, unfortunately less than 3% end up with a college degree. An even smaller percentage of the population has acquired formal leadership training.
This means that a significant portion of all sectors of the African economy is managed by people who have not had formal leadership training. As Africa’s economy rises, there is an urgent need to inject leadership skills into the school system starting from the middle schools. Starting from the middle school ensures the students that drop out after middle school due to whatever reason will have an opportunity to provide leadership in the respective informal sectors that they will end up operating.
The number of migrants coming into the United States increased over time due to the progressive liberalization of the immigration policies of the United States. As migrants arrive in the US, they come along with their family and children looking for brighter opportunities to develop their potentials. The rapid pace of the American life combined with the cultural shock affect the potentials of the young migrants. Most of them end up failing to live up to their potential.
With lead one we seek to build leadership skills in these young migrants. We will connect them into the network of other young African leaders who aspire to make a difference in their community. We will leverage the mentoring program to link them up with other successful Africans living in the United States.
LeadOneAfrica offers scholarships, leadership training, personal development, and mentoring to selected African students across the world. We seek to become the most prestigious African leadership development program designed specifically to foster the next generation of African Leaders.
Many leaders are competent, but few qualify as remarkable. If you want to join the ranks of the best of the best, make sure you embody all these qualities all the time. It isn’t easy, but the rewards can be truly phenomenal.
- Awareness – They conduct themselves in a way that sets them apart from others. Awareness informs the image, actions, and communication.
- Decisiveness– They understand that in certain situations, difficult and timely decisions must be made in the best interests of the entire organization. These decisions require a firmness, authority, and finality that will not please everyone.
- Empathy– Extraordinary leaders praise in public and address problems in private, with a genuine concern.
- Accountability– Extraordinary leaders take responsibility for everyone’s performance, including their own.
- Confidence– Not only are the best leaders confident, but their confidence is contagious.
- Optimism– The very best leaders are a source of positive energy They communicate easily. They are intrinsically helpful and genuinely concerned for other people’s welfare.
- Honesty– Strong leaders treat people the way they want to be treated. They are extremely ethical and believe that honesty, effort, and reliability form the foundation of success.
- Focus– Extraordinary leaders plan ahead, and they are supremely organized.
- Inspiration– Put it all together, and what emerges is a picture of the truly inspiring leader: someone who communicates clearly, concisely, and often, and by doing so motivates everyone to give his or her best all the time.