Initiative

Name: Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa

Background: The new century is for Africa. Regardless of those skeptics who dubbed her ‘The Hopeless Continent’, Africa is now a rising star in the universe full of potential and hope.  Africa is the youngest continent endowed with untapped natural resources. 

However, the focus to transform Africa should be on the human capital than her natural resources. She should use her human potential as her competitive advantage to overcome the challenges she is facing, catch up with the rest of the world, and ultimately lead the way in the areas where she has comparative and competitive advantages.

Africa should also make changes in her approaches. As she has been lagging behind almost in every sector, far behind, if she continues the path she has been on using the same approaches and with the usual pace that led her to this point, there is no better future for its people and the coming generations. She must take this season of her seriously and as her last chance to redeem herself. This is time to chart a new path, turn a new page. Otherwise, she will remain behind forever.

Resting her hope solely on any form of revolution- industrial or technology- must stop now. The continent took too much time and failed to capitalize on these on time. These revolutions that helped other continents cannot accelerate her speed of growth to catch up with the rest of the world, let alone to use them for her own competitive advantages. It is too late. Financial and in kind assistances, technology transfers, and experience sharing from those who attained sustainable economic development alone cannot also allow her to experience true transformation in one generation.

The continent must make a paradigm shift from focusing on techniques, systems, and technologies alone to investing in her people, especially on her youth and the most crucial section of her society- women. Africa should also tap into the Diaspora community well beyond its contribution in the form of remittance.

In short, Africa may need to undergo lots of changes and use various approaches at multiple fronts before she attains sustainable development. On top of implementing multitudes of development efforts both at continental, regional, and local levels, Africa should put developing her human capital at the center. These development efforts cannot be successful, both in short and long terms, without raising competent leaders in quantity and quality. Raising leaders at all levels should be the focal point of Africa’s transformation. And PRO Leadership would like to play its fair share in raise New Breed Leaders who first lead themselves and the people around them, and ultimately contribute their fair share in transforming their respective community and ultimately the continent.

Mission: The mission of this initiative is to bridge the leadership gaps to tackle the major challenges Africa faces and to seize the opportunities the 21st C presents.

Vision: We see millions of African youth, women, and diaspora leaders transforming the continent in one generation.

Goal: The main goal of this initiative is to raise a minimum of 1 million competent leaders that have a new mindset, the necessary competency, and solid character to transform Africa once and for all.

Objectives: The following are its specific objectives of the initiative:

  • To increase awareness about the critical roles leadership development plays for sustainable economic and social development and in turn toward the transformation of Africa
  • To arrange events and platforms to bring key stakeholders annually to highlight, review, report, and brainstorm efforts toward bridging the leadership gaps in Africa
  • To create cohorts and TOTs (Training of Trainers), together with our strategic partners, as part of raising 1 million new breed leaders with the right mind set, skill set, and character set that equip them to play their fair share in transforming first their own lives, the lives of people around them, their communities, organizations, and finally the continent
  • To recruit strategic partners who support the Initiative
  • To design long and short term intermediary and advanced leadership programs to continue to empower graduates of Cohorts and training programs for TOT graduates
  • To create support systems and documents to continue to support the different programs of the Initiative

Strategic Partners: PRO Leadership would like to partner with all stakeholders who care about the true transformation of Africa. PRO Leadership has identified its strengths and areas it can add value to propel the Initiative forward. We would like to attract other stakeholders as strategic partners to support the Initiative in the areas of their strengths. To learn more about the partnerships we are looking for and areas to partner, click here…

Notes:

  • Whether you are interested to implement the Initiative within your community (organization) or to sponsor it for another community (organization) of your choice, please reach out and we will give you more detail. Send us an email at info@proleadership.org Use Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa Initiative on the subject line.
  • We have already formed a strategic partnership with Success Pathways, LLC (www.successpws.com), which participates for free to provide the contents for the leadership programs. The funding we need to implement the Initiative will only be used to cover logistic expenses, not for the content and delivery. By the way, if you need customized leadership programs for your team leads, supervisors, managers, and executives, feel free to reach out to Team Success Pathways at info@successpws.com If you mention that you’re one of our strategic partners, you may get discounts.