New Breed Leaders of Africa workshop at AAU Black Lion

Another successful New Breed Leaders of Africa workshop at Addis Ababa University University Black Lion facilitated by dynamic young leaders of PRO Leadership in Addis Ababa.

This kind of successful program cannot be organized without teamwork. Congrats to the Addis team who worked behind the scene tirelessly.

Below are some of the pics:

Interview with VOA Youth program

I had a very productive discussion with VOA Amharic Gabina’s producer HABTAMU SEYOUM earlier this past week. He asked me very timely questions that are very relevant to Ethiopian youth, the future of the country.

The interview focused on the youth’s role to overcome conflicts, unemployment, and ultimately pick themselves from the ashes to greatness through self-initiative, small scale action, and persistence. In the interview, I mentioned about PRO Leadership’s effort in Ethiopia to empower the youth starting from AAU; how I was handling myself when I was young :-); examples of some of the things I used to do that helped me to get where I’m today; how other countries built their people to take themselves from the third world to first class, and more.

Here is the reporting of the interview: It begins around 10: 16. Check it out and let me know your thoughts. The detail of the interview will soon be available on VOA’s website.

TOT Workshop for AAU Representatives

Today at Ghion Hotel, PRO Leadership’s Team in Addis offering Training of Trainers (TOT) for AAU faculty representatives as we expand our New Breed Leaders of Africa program to students in the different faculties of the University.

Here are some pics…

2nd Workshop at AAU

On January 28, 2020, PRO Leadership provided the second workshop at AAU. The facilitators were Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw and Salem G/Mariam. Below are some of the pics from the event.

1st Workshop at AAU

On January 15, 2020, PRO Leadership provided a leadership workshop for students at Addis Ababa University (AAU), Black Lion medical school. The speakers were Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw (Director of Partnerships) from the US, Yonas Duguuma and Hanna Hailu from the Addis team. Below are some of the pics from the event.

New Breed Leaders of Africa Facebook Group

The new century is for Africa. Regardless of your age and geographic location, you’re called to be that generation. That generation that transforms Africa in one generation: New Breed Leaders of Africa.

Though Africa is facing so many challenges, she has been shown some encouraging signs of progress. What is more? Especially in recent years, there are some signs of hope that show the continent is heading toward her lasting transformation. You don’t want to miss this golden opportunity to be part of this historic movement. You need to take leadership initiatives in the area of your passion and where you can add unique values.

You may already know that I’m working toward publishing a book that demonstrates the importance of bridging the leadership gaps by raising youth and women leaders who shoulder the responsibility to take Africa to the next level. The book will be published during this year’s annual leadership conference. It offers some insights, statistics, stories, approaches, and leadership development programs necessary to raise the New Breed Leaders of Africa.

You may also already know that PRO Leadership, I’m part of its leadership, launched an Initiative in 2019 both in the diaspora and on the soil of Africa. If this is your first time to hear about PRO Leadership or don’t know about its history, you should check out this video clip where I explained when and why PRO Leadership was formed, what we have been doing since its establishment, and about the Initiative. By the way, we have begun implementing the first and foundational program of the Initiative called New Breed Leaders of Africa starting from Addis Ababa, the seat of the African Union.

If you are an experienced leader with some track record and/or a learning professional both in the diaspora or back home in Africa and would like to participate in raising the next generation African leaders, reach out to us. We can share with you the materials of the program plus train you virtually as a trainer to provide the same program in your respective country, organization, school, and so on.

While I’m finalizing the book and PRO Leadership teams both in the US and Addis working hard to do great things in the New Year, I decided to serve those of you who are committed to engaging with me on Facebook. Just created a group you should belong to.

We can use this group to exchange ideas, learn together, and develop our mind set, skill set, and character set regularly. Leadership development, like gardening, requires constant effort from each one of us, and I’m giving you another chance in the group. Use this platform to take your leadership to the next height and play your fair share in transforming first your life, career, community, and ultimately Africa in one generation together with other fellow New Breed Leaders of Africa.

To join this group, no requirement. You could be one of our graduates or leaders of PRO Leadership, Advisor, Volunteer or someone who is interested to grow in the area of leadership. Whatever the case may be, you can join the group for free and get the following:

  1. Weekly blog post
  2. Regular educational video clips
  3. Social media quotes and short posts
  4. Opportunities to engage in vibrant discussion with your fellow New Breed Leaders of Africa and myself.

To begin with, join the Facebook Group created for this purpose. Going forward, I encourage you to comment, ask questions, and also share your perspectives and stories.

Sign up for the email list below. When you sign up, you will get new blogs, excerpts in PDF format, and educational video clips when they become available.

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Those of you who are interested, I encourage you to subscribe to my personal YouTube Channel ( that aims at turning underdogs like you and me into greats. Subscribe also for the podcast ( You will get great insights, and action tips that enabled many underdogs to excel. 

Note: Please don't join the group or sign up if you aren't serious and willing to actively engage in the coming years and decades.

Background on PRO Leadership and its Initiative

Background on PRO Leadership and its Initiative ‘Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa’

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New show for the underdogs

Check out my new blog in which I announced a new Show. In this blog I shared some of my disadvantages as an underdog and why I’m now committed to empowering the underdogs turning them into the great ones of the 21st C. You don’t want to miss this blog and the upcoming show if you identify yourself as an underdog.

Read it, share it with others, and also let me know what you think and if you may have any suggestions for the upcoming show and podcast. I’m excited and I want you to join me in this journey so that we grow together, tap into our unlimited potential, serve the world using our passion, have a lasting impact based on our purpose in life, and ultimately die empty leaving legacy that continues long after you and I left this universe:

On top of this show, which I believe many of you fans of PRO Leadership would enjoy and find empowering, I’ve also a plan in the New Year to arrange a weekly Facebook live. Sign up to our eNewsLetter to get updates when the live chat begins and use the opportunity to take your leadership to the next level. Stay Tuned…

The place of leadership for finance professionals and investors

On December 1, 2019, I was invited to speak on the theme ‘The Place of Leadership for Finance Professionals and Investors’ at the ESFP 2nd dinner gala in Springfield Virginia. The room was jampacked. I reminded the audience that more than technical know-how and skills, soft skills are the determining factors to succeed in any field where finance isn’t exceptional. I also emphasized the importance of leadership development to succeed as a professional or an entrepreneur. I also shared three takeaways based on my personal journey as a leader and from great leaders, I have studied:

  • The first take away was the importance of purpose-oriented lifestyle, to take leadership (or initiate a project or open a business) that aligns with your purpose (or your cause, passion, calling, what have you). Be it GREAT business owners, inventors, change agents from history took leadership in the area which was very close to their heart- something they cared so much. Those who were out to chase just money, popularity, and things like that that are nothing to do with what matters to them the most intrinsically didn’t make it, even if they made it, it didn’t last. What about you? Are you serving where you are passionate? Are you leading a purpose-oriented lifestyle?
  • The 2nd takeaway from my speech on last Sunday was ‘leaders who 1st fix themselves can only fix what is on the outside of them’. I used to think that I am a leader to fix this troubled world, other people, and institutions than myself who needed huge fixing. Sadly, on a daily basis, we see novice to senior leaders out there who try to influence others before they do themselves, the most difficult being you will ever face. But, we cannot lead what we cannot manage. We cannot manage what we don’t know, and that is why self-awareness is the key and foundation to self-management and in turn self-leadership.
His Excellency Fitsum Arega, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the US
  • The last and third takeaway from my speech last Sunday was the need to develop and hone our leadership skills consistently if our desire is to succeed and continually excel as 21st C professionals, leaders, and/or entrepreneurs. Technical know-how and skills may take you hours or days (in some cases weeks) to understand and master. On the contrary, developing many of the soft skills necessary to lead may take you months, if not years. What is challenging, you cannot just develop and shelf them forever. You have to constantly improve them on a consistent basis without being tired. For example, initially, you may succeed to communicate in writing and verbally under normal circumstances. As you advance in your leadership and the more your scope increases, the more advanced communication skills you desperately need. For instance, ordinary communication competency you learned last year or ages ago doesn’t cut it when you find yourself in a stormy situation as you deal with a thorny customer, teammate, what have you. It doesn’t help as you struggle to lead your team out of a crisis.

As you can imagine, I cannot share here with you everything you should know, tools, models, and approaches you should use to work on your soft skills to take your leadership to the next level. I encourage you to read good books, attend seminars, webinars, get a coach, and most importantly, practice what you learn.

By the way, stay tuned, I’m going to start a weekly exclusive Facebook live to you…

Second Round TOT in Addis

Yet another successful TOT for PRO-Leadership Global team in Africa, Cohort A1!

PRO Leadership aims at raising 1 million New Breed Leaders of Africa who will shoulder the responsibilities to transform Africa within one generation. The main target groups of this Initiative are Youth, Women, and Diaspora.

The 1st Cohort that finished the first stage of the Leadership Development Programs of the Initiative on July 20 2019 in Addis Ababa just graduated the second batch of Training of Trainers on October 28, 2019.

Congratulations to the latest graduates. The Core Team in Addis, job well done!