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The Hand Over

 

Letting go is one of the hardest things in life, especially letting go of something that is very important to you. What’s even harder is giving it to someone on a silver platter. After all the sleepless nights, the fights, complaining, venting, moaning, achievements and improvements it was time for the Class of 2014 to hand over their Student Enterprise Programs known as SEP’s to their junior class, the Class of 2015.
ALA is a unique institution focused on Entrepreneurial Leadership. Its students are given a real life experience of what the corporate world is all about through the SEP programme. Throughout the years this program has grown leaps and bounds and the experience is definitely worthwhile.
31 April 2014 was the Hand Over, the current team (Class of 2014) passed over their SEPs to their successors. In order to prepare first years for this take over, EL teachers ensured that they are well prepared to work as a team. Throughout  this academic year it was evident that team dynamics were a huge setback for many SEPs, some recovered, some found the healing formula earlier and some never experienced such. It is for that reason that a week was dedicated to team building exercises- lessons about collaboration and conflict.
“It is quite imperative that students became aware about the inevitability of conflict and how to deal with it when it arises; it enables them to grow from one stage of team development to the other.”
The Class of 2014 argues that if SEP’s had been handed over earlier to them they definitely would have outdone themselves. On the other hand, this is an overwhelming experience for first years. One minute you are trying to figure what ALA is about, the other you are thrown into a team with people from all parts of the continent. You  could fight, or dislike each other for a while (if it gets that deep), you have presentations to worry about and you get on a journey to discover who you are and just when everything is a little rosier and less thorny – you are thrown into another OID group and expected to love your team, work well together and if your OID doesn’t make it to the SEP program, you get grumpy about it. Just when you start moving on from the traumatic OID experience – you are thrown into the SEP program and you have to start from ground zero.
While this time has been very hard for some, every second year deserves a  pat on the back for a job well done. Angaza, Duka Bora, Radio Skika & many other SEPs have grown from September until now. It is time for the Class of 2015 to rise to the occasion and fulfil the expectations placed on them by the predecessors, board members and SEP coaches – goodluck firsties.

Happy Birthday Mr Veda

mr veda gifHappy Birthday Mr Veda- from your Advisory Family

Leadership Journey

“Leadership.” Upon being defined as the ability to or action of leading a group of people or organization according to google, “leadership” has many different meanings. Some of the various meanings include: power, service and exemplary attributes.

A.L.A., standing for African Leadership Academy definitely takes into account the idea of leadership through its Entrepreneurial Leadership class (also known as “E.L” amongst the student and staff).

Along with the idea that leadership in A.L.A. is taught in classes, also comes the idea that leadership is related to politics and governance in Africa.

However, on the A.L.A. campus, leadership is present on many different levels. Some of which are: academics, hobbies, interests and daily life.

The interests present on the A.L.A. campus are just as diverse as the countries represented in the school. From dancing to singing to drawing to scienctific research, the list is endless. Amongst these interests are Wissem Gamra’s passion for videography, Osadee Fadaka’s love for singing and Arnold Sanginga’s enthusiasm for politics.

These three members of the A.L.A. community experienced similar interviews and were asked the following questions: “What is your definition of leadership? Has it changed? If yes, why?” “Have any leadership lessons been present in your hobbies or interests? And if so how?”

Tunisia’s Wissem told ALAians Media correspondent, that his idea of leadership changed from “the power someone has on a group of people,” to an idea that entails harmony between leadership of one’s self and leadership of the community (Wissem).  While the first word that sprang up in Osadee’s mind once he heard the word “leadership” was “service” (Osadee). Finally, Arnold is another person whose idea of leadership has undergone change. Arnold’s definition of leadership changed from someone who “makes the examples to other people of what to do,” to including someone who does the previously mentioned statement and consciously “encourages others to follow suit” (Arnold).

In answering the question whether leadership lessons have been evident in their individual passions, the answer all three gave was “yes.” “Feedback,” “PINS And Courage” and “Self-Regulation and Teamwork” are leadership topics that have been present in Osadee, Wissem and Arnold’s passions respectively. Osadee said, “Whenever I write a song or [gear] up for a performance, I seek feedback” (Osadee). Meanwhile, Wissem passion for videography was founded through the “PINS” topic introduced by E.L., who Wissem said “was the spring board for my videography” (Wissem). Arnold talks about his “increased willingness, tolerance and patience” (Arnold) whilst working in groups to achieve results.

 

Along the course of the interview, the students were asked what their favourite E.L. topic was. Which E.L. topics shall win the awards of being Osadee, Arnold and Wissem’s favourite topics? Osadee’s favourite topic is “Proactivity,” Arnold’s is “The Crèche BUILD Lab” and Wissem’s is the “Courage Assessment Process.”

“Leadership.” Upon being defined as the ability to or action of leading a group of people or organization according to google, “leadership” has many different meanings. Some of the various meanings include: power, service and exemplary attributes.

A.L.A., standing for African Leadership Academy definitely takes into account the idea of leadership through its Entrepreneurial Leadership class (also known as “E.L” amongst the student and staff).

Along with the idea that leadership in A.L.A. is taught in classes, also comes the idea that leadership is related to politics and governance in Africa.

However, on the A.L.A. campus, leadership is present on many different levels. Some of which are: academics, hobbies, interests and daily life.

The interests present on the A.L.A. campus are just as diverse as the countries represented in the school. From dancing to singing to drawing to scienctific research, the list is endless. Amongst these interests are Wissem Gamra’s passion for videography, Osadee Fadaka’s love for singing and Arnold Sanginga’s enthusiasm for politics.

These three members of the A.L.A. community experienced similar interviews and were asked the following questions: “What is your definition of leadership? Has it changed? If yes, why?” “Have any leadership lessons been present in your hobbies or interests? And if so how?”

Tunisia’s Wissem told ALAians Media correspondent, that his idea of leadership changed from “the power someone has on a group of people,” to an idea that entails harmony between leadership of one’s self and leadership of the community (Wissem).  While the first word that sprang up in Osadee’s mind once he heard the word “leadership” was “service” (Osadee). Finally, Arnold is another person whose idea of leadership has undergone change. Arnold’s definition of leadership changed from someone who “makes the examples to other people of what to do,” to including someone who does the previously mentioned statement and consciously “encourages others to follow suit” (Arnold).

In answering the question whether leadership lessons have been evident in their individual passions, the answer all three gave was “yes.” “Feedback,” “PINS And Courage” and “Self-Regulation and Teamwork” are leadership topics that have been present in Osadee, Wissem and Arnold’s passions respectively. Osadee said, “Whenever I write a song or [gear] up for a performance, I seek feedback” (Osadee). Meanwhile, Wissem passion for videography was founded through the “PINS” topic introduced by E.L., who Wissem said “was the spring board for my videography” (Wissem). Arnold talks about his “increased willingness, tolerance and patience” (Arnold) whilst working in groups to achieve results.

Along the course of the interview, the students were asked what their favourite E.L. topic was. Which E.L. topics shall win the awards of being Osadee, Arnold and Wissem’s favourite topics? Osadee’s favourite topic is “Proactivity,” Arnold’s is “The Crèche BUILD Lab” and Wissem’s is the “Courage Assessment Process.”

E-Fest

Welcome to E-fest, an initiative implemented by the EL department here at ALA. It follows the intensive four weeks first years go through whereby they have to initiate a pan African solution to a problem in society. They call this the OID lab which aims at pushing groups into creating a final presentation of their idea.

E-Fest makes the OID Lab seem very easy, all you have to do is present an idea right? Continue reading “E-Fest”

The Two Most Prestigious Leadership Schools in South Africa

South Africa has been blessed to be the home of the two most admired leadership schools in Africa. The African Leadership Academy (ALA) and Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) have yet unleashed an amazing group of students within the African continent in order to lay a foundation for a future generation of African Leaders. My visit to OWLAG on the 28th of February is the reason as to why I wrote this article. Continue reading “The Two Most Prestigious Leadership Schools in South Africa”

BUILD in a Box

A new way to teach what is being taught over a period of two years, now compressed to two days.  The Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership at ALA has taken the initiative to expose young South Africans to what makes up the leadership curriculum in ALA. This is a model used for a two day camp, of approximately 60 high school students, led by about 12 facilitators and 4 directors. This has been piloted by current ALA students and Alumni during the 2013 summer break in their home countries. The impact is extraordinarily great and has turned the BUILD in a BOX model into one major success. Continue reading “BUILD in a Box”