BRICS Expansion and Human Capital Development

Will BRICS + SIX invest in bridging the leadership gaps in emerging economies?

BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) was formed in 2009 to increase trade and economic cooperation among its member states.

In 2010, BRIC became BRICS by adding South Africa into the mix.

This year, in its 15th Summit in Johnsburg, South Africa, BRICS nations invited six new member states:

  1. Argentina,
  2. Egypt,
  3. Ethiopia,
  4. Iran,
  5. Saudi Arabia, and
  6. The United Arab Emirates.

BRICS is no more a club with exclusive membership. Up to now, though BRICS’s mandate incudes increasing cooperation among emerging economies, it didn’t have a single member from the Middle East.

In 2024, on top of three countries in the Middle East, BRICS will add two more African countries from the east and north, and one more nation from South America.

These six emerging economies are set to join BRICS in January 2024. BRICS also signaled further expansion next year.

By taking this critical step, BRICS now truly represents the global south. This is very significant…

BRICS has already taken initiatives to fulfill its mandate of bringing sustainable development through economic cooperation among its member states.

For instance, BRICS established the New Development Bank (NDB) in 2014. NDB aims to finance projects and initiatives to help emerging economies in the south and east attain sustainable development and, in turn, usher a bright future for their citizens.

The bank has six focus areas:

  1. Clean energy and energy efficiency
  2. Transport infrastructure
  3. Water and sanitation
  4. Environmental protection
  5. Social infrastructure
  6. Digital infrastructure

We hope that BRICS + SIX invest in Human Capital and NDB incorporates Human Capital development as one of its future focus areas.

Sustainable development requires raising world-class leaders at all levels. The above six focus areas need competent leaders both in quantity and quality who contribute their fair share to bring true transformation within a short period.

We, at PRO Leadership, would love you to join us…

  • If you share our cause and vision, why don’t you join us?
  • If you would like to see world-class leaders in your community who build bridges rather than erect walls and create barriers, why not join the movement?
  • If you would like us to work with you in designing and executing exchange programs for your institution or community, don’t hesitate to ask.

Reach out via [email protected]

We look forward to chatting with you and seeing how you may be involved according to your passion, talent, and experience.

The Missing Link

Have you ever asked what many emerging organizations and countries might be lacking to experience true transformation?

Experience exchange has been one of the ways leaders of organizations and nations have been using to bring transformation into their organizations and countries.

Many organizational and national leaders from emerging economies visit highly performing organizations and nations to learn from their experiences.

It is a smart move:

  • Why reinvent the wheel?
  • Why not shorten the learning curve?

It makes sense.

However, if it is done wrongly, experience sharing may not benefit both the hosting and visiting leaders. It may not lead to true transformation…

Let me just give you one example.

Many organizations and countries from emerging economies send their high-level delegates, almost every year, to learn from the transformational experiences of formerly emerging economies such as Japan, South Korea, and Singapore…  

As you already know the facts on the ground, we don’t yet have so many emerging economies who benefited from the exchange. They’re not getting the ROI to their efforts and expenses.

Except in a few cases, most exchange programs have been done wrongly. They were ineffective and rendered mediocre and marginal results.

One missing link that is coming in the way preventing many organizations and countries from experiencing true transformation is the lack of context…

The trend we have seen from such experience exchanges is that the visiting leaders focused on:

  1. Policies,
  2. Processes and Systems, and
  3. Technologies that contributed toward the transformation of the hosting countries.

These are important lessons to draw but they aren’t transformational. Implementing the policies, systems, and technologies these transformed countries have been using to get where they’re today can’t bring lasting transformation.

There must be a missing link…

That missing link is the context. Many leaders ignore or undermine the underlining environment that fostered the transformation in these former emerging economies.

Policies, processes, systems, technologies, and so on alone can’t bring lasting transformation…

That is why PRO Leadership is committed to designing effective and holistic leadership exchange programs that deliver lasting transformation.

We also ensure that the hosting countries’ leaders benefit from the exchanges. So far, it has been a one-way street.

That is why it hasn’t been effective and unsustainable. The exchange should be a win-win. All parties should have skin in the game.

  • If you share our cause and vision, why don’t you join us?
  • If you would like to see world-class leaders in your community who build bridges rather than erect walls and create barriers, why not join the movement?
  • If you would like us to work with you in designing and executing exchange programs for your institution or community, don’t hesitate to ask.

Reach out via [email protected]

We look forward to chatting with you and seeing how you may involve according to your passion, talent, and experience.

Becoming Bridge Builders

The need for raising world-class leaders who build bridges, those who refrain from erecting walls and creating divisions

In the 20th C, the global socio-political atmosphere was tense, especially immediately after WWII.

  • The world was divided into two camps.
  • The arms race was at its peak.
  • Humanity lived with constant terror of possible nuclear annihilation.
  • The scarce resources of humanity, including intellectuals, were spent on how to destroy the other camp.
  • It was ugly and counterproductive. No one benefited from that state of existence.

Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, it seems the next COLD WAR is in the making, if not already formed.

It is unfortunate that history is repeating itself. It is frustrating to see that we don’t learn from our past…

In this Century, by now, we should have cool-headed leaders from both camps who could take the lead and tone down the tension and, in the process, save humanity from potential extinction.

At this stage of human evolution, it is embarrassing to lack leaders who understand that no one will benefit from a nuclear exchange… No one will come out as a winner and unscratched…

  • How did we get here?
  • Why are we having unthoughtful leaders who are comfortable crossing red-lines?
  • Why are these leaders push some boundaries carelessly and play with fire???

Anyways, at PRO Leadership, we are neutral. We don’t take sides. In this matter, we don’t think anyone should take sides and fan the flame. Both camps are equally vulnerable…

We’re also a small non-profit organization with limited scope. Resolving this conflict is beyond our pay grade 🙂

However, we call upon leaders in the west and south/east to remember those wise leaders who tamed their personal egos. Leaders like John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Nikita Khrushchev, and Mikhail Gorbachev, who stepped up to the plate when the hour called for cool-headed leaders. They took LEADERSHIP and acted responsibly during that scary time where humanity was so close to experience a devastating nuclear war, and self-destruction.

We also call upon the UN and other continental and regional institutions to continue to play constructive roles in resolving the conflict FASTER and through dialogue. This bloody conflict must stop. The death of young Russians and Ukrainians must stop NOW.

That said, our scope is limited. We’re committed to bridging the leadership gaps in emerging economies one community at a time.

We are highly concerned about this conflict because of two reasons:

  1. First, we are human beings and deeply feel the pains our brothers and sisters at war are experiencing.
  2. Second, the conflict has created global divide and led to another COLD WAR, affecting our mission and many other critically important undertakings in emerging economies.

The conflict is coming in the way of raising world-class leaders who may transform their communities by tackling the dire challenges their respective communities are facing such as the lack of:

  • Quality infrastructures like hospitals, schools, roads, transportation vehicles…
  • Adequate clean water,
  • Enough nutritional foods, and so on.

Emerging economies now have to divert their resources, attention, and focus away from the dire needs of their communities because of this emerging COLD-WAR tension among big dogs.


  • Emerging economies are victims here.
  • Even if they’ve not played any role in what is happening, they can’t escape the consequences.
  • They’re forced, directly or indirectly, to take sides.
  • They’re paying dire prices because of high inflation, consumer prices, and demand-supply route disruptions.
  • And more…

It doesn’t look good for emerging economies… They had to overcome so many chronic challenges. And now, they’ve to deal with this HUMAN-MADE divide, which isn’t their own making?

We strongly believe that there are lots of things both the West and East/South commonly share. What units us outweighs what divides us.

The stake is high. The challenges we all humans face demand us to set aside our differences including how this conflict should be resolved, BRIDGE the GAPS, and work together on those common agendas that affect all of humanity.

That is why we at PRO Leadership create programs that raise world-class leaders in emerging economies who create synergy with other leaders by focusing on what units us. Leaders who refrain from erecting walls and burning bridges…

Our programs are also designed to empower leaders who are skillful in negotiating win-win deals on those issues we have differences. Leaders who avoid war and conflict by employing skillful diplomacy.

Unfortunately, long-term initiatives like ours take the back burner whenever communities deal with pressing issues like the one we are now facing. It seems every essential and long-term project has been frozen, both in the west, and east/south and everything is centered around this conflict and the cold war in the making.

This is the 21st C. Humanity has come a long way.

We should continue to evolve mentally and spiritually to defeat humanities common enemies:

  1. Poverty,
  2. Conflicts,
  3. Diseases,
  4. Environmental degradation,
  5. Terrorism,
  6. Corruption, and more.

This isn’t the time to reverse gear, slow down, take the down spiral path, and self-destruct.

Of course, we’re mindful that we’re a non-profit. We help communities raise extraordinary leaders. We don’t have the mandate, abilities, influence, or resources to play any meaningful role in bridging the global political divide.

However, we firmly believe that small organizations like ours, community organizations, and individuals like you and I can make a difference if we use whatever little influence we have to play our fair share in promoting tolerance, peace, unity, synergy, and collaboration… If we act as BRIDGE BUILDERS…

Of course, we don’t give up. Even if our journey is slowed down and taking a back burner, our long-term vision is to see LEADERS in emerging economies who:

  • Transform their respective community once and for all.
  • Defeat poverty, conflicts, and corruption.
  • Learn from those leaders who have already achieved economic development.
  • Share the leadership wisdom they gained that worked in their respective communities with other leaders in the West.

As you can imagine, this goodwill, collaboration, and exchange of wisdom can only happen if there is peace. It can only happen if leaders in the west and south/east see each other as strategic partners, not as rivals. While the cold war is waged and the political atmosphere is tense as it is now, it is hard to build bridges and learn from one another.

What is worst? While we’re in this COLD WAR mentality,

  • Chances are, we may all DIE if someone crosses the proverbial red line.
  • Even if we SURVIVE for now, the fight against poverty, corruption, and environmental degradation takes the back burner.
  • Our civilization stalls, if not goes backward decades, as creative minds and resources are invested in creating weapons.
  • It takes us decades to trust, reengage, and collaborate again, wasting precious time and opportunities that could have advanced our collective human evolution and civilization.

As you can see, leadership makes or breaks. Leaders can lead us into WAR and DESTRUCTION or into PEACE and PROSPERITY.

The problem is severe when the leadership gap is at the national and global levels. It tricks down…

Though our programs and initiatives may not dent the direction of this conflict or what is happening globally, if PRO Leadership and other stakeholders continue to raise world-class leaders at family and community levels, chances are these leaders one day will become national and global leaders. That is our mission and mandate, and that is our vision and what we see… Raising leaders who will bring a lasting transformation in emerging economies playing their parts for a better world!!!

  • If you share our cause and vision, why don’t you join us?
  • If you would like to see world-class leaders in your community who build bridges rather than erect walls and create barriers, why not join the movement?

Reach out via [email protected]

We look forward to chatting with you and seeing how you may involve according to your passion, talent, and experience.

Exchanging Leadership Wisdom Among Cultures

Many culture experts agree that there are two major cultural divides in the world:

  • Individual, and
  • Communal cultures.

There are subcultures and individual exceptions within these two major cultural divides.

Grouping cultures into just two reduces the complexity of understanding the thousands of cultures that exist in the world. However, this shouldn’t stop us from recognizing, learning, and appreciating the uniqueness of each subculture and individual.

I. Individual Cultures. Countries, most of which are recognized as Western cultures such as the US, Canada, most of the European countries, and Australia, are within the individual cultures group. These countries are also named developed nations. They attained economic development using modern management, science, and technology.

II. Communal Cultures. Countries in the South and East such as in Africa, Asia, and South America are categorized as communal cultures. Most countries in these continents are labeled as developing countries. Nations like Japan, South Korea, and Singapore experienced transformation and became developed nations while countries like China, South Africa, Brazil, and so on are grouped together as emerging economies.

We, at PRO Leadership, would like to recognize all developing countries as EMERGING ECONOMIES. Though there are apparent economic development disparities among these nations, they have many things they share in common.

Our mission is to help emerging economies raise world-class leaders that transform their lives, careers, organizations, and communities. We use leadership development to empower individuals, organizations, and communities in these nations to tap into the opportunities the new era presents and overcome the challenges the 21st C poses…

We’re also bridge builders. We would like to create a bridge that connects leaders from both developed and emerging economies to exchange leadership wisdom by creating products, programs, and platforms.

We strongly believe that there are many mutually beneficiary leadership wisdom both camps could be able to learn from one another.

On top of facilitating platforms, we would like to distill leadership wisdom from both the individual and communal cultures and share them so that leaders in these cultures could be able to benefit from the leadership wisdom of cultures outside of their native culture.

If you are interested to learn more or would like to play a role in this noble mission, reach out at [email protected]

Dr. AZ was interviewed by The African Passport

Dr. AZ was interviewed by The African Passport Show from South Africa.

Some of the discussion points were: 1. What are your vision and objectives at Success Pathways? 2. What advice would you give to most African leaders? 3. How can we permanently resolve ongoing conflicts in most African countries such as Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, etc 4. How can Africa benefit from her citizens living in the diaspora? 5. How can we build the Africa We Want by 2063? 6. What kind of Africa would you like to leave for the next generation?

Below is the interview:

Once you listen, let me know the most important lesson you got, what went well and what didn’t go well, and if there are points that you share or don’t share with me. 

If you prefer to give your feedback offline, that too works with me. Let me know what you think went well and what can be improved when I’ll have another interview with Godfrey or another host in the future? Thanks in advance!

#TheAfricanPassport #Africa #Agenda2063

Be an all-weather leader and excel to lead in times of crisis (join us on Feb 25, 2022)

One grand reality that makes humanity uncomfortable from the start of its history is time. It is so dictatorial and stubborn that it never stopped, waited, nor slowed for anyone, even to dictators, kings, queens… Time keeps on dictating the pace of life on earth and will keep on doing so indefinitely until its own TIME comes to cease existing. Till then, well, we better be comfortable, especially if you’re a leader!

One of the reasons why Time makes us uncomfortable is that it accompanies another constant, change. And, we humans by nature are control-freaks and hate change! Well, if you’re a leader, you cannot be unfriendly with change. You must get used to it and help your people do the same.

What is more? You have to be more than comfortable with change! You’ve to be an all-weather leader. You must excel in leading in times of change. 

This is especially critical NOW, more than ever, and in this generation. We have seen in the past 2 years many leaders stumbling while others damaging their reputations and even taking down with them their teams or organizations because they failed to lead in times of change. Remember, these leaders were okay when they were walking on the red carpet, during peacetime. 

On the other hand, we have also witnessed some leaders successfully leading in times of crisis enabling their people and organizations not only to survive and outlast but also to thrive. 

The question is, what empowered these effective leaders to succeed in leading during this tough time while many struggled? They must have been doing certain things before the crisis, which others hadn’t. 

Let’s stop, if we haven’t yet, and ask: Where are we as leaders when it comes to leading through change? Would we lead differently if another crisis hits again? Are we up to the task or need some work? If so, what can we learn from those who shined in the past two years as we passed through one of the most devastating global crises humanity ever experienced so that we could also become all-weather leaders now and going forward? 

Join me and other world-class leaders on February 25th and gain some insights, tools, approaches, strategies, and tactics that enable you to elevate your leadership to another level, the level where you excel regardless of change and crisis.

Here is a less than 2 minutes blurb video clip where I shared the main discussion points of my keynote:

To learn more and register, go to Eventbrite and get your ticket:

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

#Live2Lead #JohnCMaxwell #EdMylett #JeffHenderson #JamieKernLima #ValorieBurton #WilliamAttaway

Why bridging the leadership gaps in Africa for the continent to experience lasting transformation?

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 on any other single resource. Though she needs to tap into her natural resources, taping into her human resources should get prime attention. 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.

Putting her human capital at the center requires making some 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 only 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 alone 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. What is more? Financial and in-kind assistance, 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 needs 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 other development efforts using her natural resources cannot be successful, both in the short and long term, without raising competent leaders in quantity and quality. We need competent leaders who lead these development efforts successfully, and in turn, enable Africa to experience a lasting and sustainable transformation in one generation.

Raising leaders at all levels should be the focal point of Africa’s transformation. That is why PRO Leadership came up with this Initiative to raise competent and world-class leaders, together with other stakeholders and strategic partners. It is impossible to achieve once in a generation world-class transformation without raising world-class leaders at all levels, who first lead themselves and the people around them successfully, and ultimately contribute their fair share in transforming their respective community and ultimately the continent.

To learn more about the Initiative, and see how you may become a strategic partner, click here…

If you may have any questions, reach out at [email protected]

Leadership Development to transform Africa once for all

Will Africa see her better days in my generation? Will I be lucky enough to see Africa shine during my lifetime? It depends.

It can happen if:

  1. You contribute your fair share in becoming and also raising new breed leaders who can transform Africa in one generation.
  2. Enough people cease the quest to seek external rescuers from outside.
  3. We stop over-depending on those politicians who are promising tones but under-delivering.
  4. We fight the temptation to listen to activists who promise that if we just do more activism we can earn the respect of the world and secure Africa’s rightful place on world stages.

Let the politicians and activists do their politicking and activism. There are some merits to these endeavors, especially to address burning issues and draw attention to the suffering of the people of the continent.

However, at the end of the day, Africa’s future can only be shaped and her honor is restored if and only if she bet on her people, especially the youth and women.

To transform Africa in one generation, we need to:

  • Invest in the human capital of Africa.
  • Raise visionary leaders who have high self-regard.
  • Empower the youth to have an unwavering commitment plus world-class leadership competencies.

Even if these new breed leaders may be few initially, they can act like yeast to transform their peers, communities, nations, and ultimately Africa.

If you believe that leadership development, like other development efforts that are going on right now, can play a significant role in raising competent leaders that can shoulder the responsibilities to transform Africa once for all and in this generation, join the movement and let’s bridge the leadership gaps in Africa. #Africa #NewBreedLeadersOfAfrica #BridgingTheLeadershipGapsInAfrica #PROLeadership

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Are you ringing the bell 3 times & putting the helmet down?

One of the toughest, if not the TOUGHEST, military unit in the US army is the Navy SEAL. You have to be physically and mentally tough to get into the door. You have to be extra tough to remain in the program and finish it without ringing the infamous bell 3 times and putting your helmet down in front of other candidates and then walk away from your Navy SEAL dream.

At PRO Leadership, we aim at raising Navy SEAL equivalent New Breed Leaders of Africa. We realized that Africa needs to pass through a lasting transformation before she enjoys true prosperity, unity, harmony, and peace. We also acknowledged that this journey is a long and protracted one, and it should begin with transforming the mindset of the youth. Accordingly, we gave special emphasis to our programs on mindset. We believed that we have to raise new breed leaders of Africa with a new and tough mindset. New Africa, New Mindset. For Africa to overcome her challenges and compete globally, she must first raise world-class citizens with world-class mindset.

We strongly believed that without a reformed mindset, there will not be a reformed Africa. Our conviction is that mindset reform at an individual level leads to cultural reform first at community and ultimately continentally, and this in turn leads to the lasting transformation of Africa. Like Mother Theresa used to say, when everyone cleans his doorstep, the world becomes clean.

As a result, we decided to toughen up our leadership, graduates, and volunteers. The logic is simple. We cannot send our leadership and graduates to raise new breed leaders of Africa with a new mindset without them first developing such a mindset.

To accomplish this challenging task, we created a culture equivalent to the Navy SEAL. The latter are special forces with special assignments. Only the determined soldiers are willing enough to step into that culture. What is more, only the tough ones graduate and serve their country with extraordinary excellence, dedication, and precision. Our graduates are reform soldiers who vowed to contribute their fair share in bringing true transformation in Africa in their own generation.

We believed that our culture must be unique and tougher. Once we succeed in creating this culture in the house, we could duplicate it to the new breed leaders we raise. And, the latter in turn duplicate it among their communities, and ultimately throughout Africa.

However, we aren’t delusional. Not all candidates of our programs and leaders who volunteered will remain committed to this culture. For whatever reasons, if they are unable to fulfill the bare minimum requirements, they ‘ring the bell 3 times, put the helmet down’ and walk away. Of course, our doors are always open. They can come back again when they are ready.

Transforming Africa in one generation through leadership development is a challenging task and demands determined new breed leaders who are willing to reform their mindset- toughen themselves up, before they go out to raise other new breed leaders.

If you are already part of this movement, we’re excited that you took this challenge. For sure, you would be proud in the end to share with your kids and grandkids that you had a part in the lasting transformation of Africa. You will leave a legacy that outlasts you. The question at this juncture is: Are you determined to toughen yourself up in the rest of this twisted and protracted journey or are you going to ring the bell 3 times, put the helmet down, and walk away?

If you’re not part of this movement yet, do you have what it takes in you- which we believe you have, to finish this journey, contribute your fair share in transforming 1st your life, profession, your community, and ultimately the continent by continually growing without ringing the bell 3 times and putting the helmet down or not? If you’re not sure, take your time. Toughen up first your mindset, and knock the door when you are ready.

Whether you’re a returnee or new, we’ll always wait for you with open arms.

To learn more about our Initiative, go to our website @ If you may have any questions, email us at [email protected]

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Webinar- Trio Foundation of Visionary Organizations

The most important elements of any visionary organization are its mission, vision, and core values. They are foundations. If these foundations are non-existence or shaky, the organization cannot go anywhere meaningful. It cannot have a meaningful impact.

An organization’s other elements such as its organizational structure, strategies, and tactics should be built on these solid trio foundations.

These trios determine:

  1. The direction the organization takes and the destiny it arrives
  2. The products and services it provides
  3. How and who will be recruited and promoted
  4. Strategic partnership choices
  5. And more.

The most important assignments of a leader in any organization are:

  • Fully understand, articulate, communicate and share these trio foundations to internal and external customers
  • Align oneself, the department, and the team one leads alongside these trios
  • Impart them to his/her successors
  • And more.

This coming Saturday on August 8, 2020, PRO Leadership arranged a webinar on the theme Trio Foundations of Visionary Leaders: How to articulate, communicate & share your mission, vision, and values.

Using this webinar, the founder will clarify, provide deeper understanding, and give examples to help PRO Leadership’s new and future leaders fully understand these trio foundations in order them to successfully advance PRO Leadership’s mission, contribute their fair share toward the fulfillment of its vision, and demonstrate a commitment toward its values. The opportunity would also empower them to align their departments and team members.

Even if you’re not part of our leadership, the lessons you will learn will empower you to succeed as a leader of your team, organization, or business. The insights, examples, and approaches you will gain from this webinar will allow you on how to articulate your own personal life, business, and/or organization’s trios. For details and attend the webinar, check the flyer above:

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