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Business Leaders Forums Open up Sustainable Leadership Dialogues across East Africa

  Mar 9, 2018

Growth and success in business is often seen as a product of the ability to generate new ideas and processes that challenge the way a business or industry operates. The business Leaders Forum, an initiative of Strathmore Business School is a rejoinder to drive sustainable and impactful business operations across East Africa. The series are targeted to initiate and effect cooperative and collaborative leadership styles among top senior business executives across public and private sectors.

The business Leaders forum in Rwanda, dubbed, Creativity and Innovation for Business Growth was graced by 42 executives from various industries such as finance and insurance, training and development as well as recruitment firms. Top corporate organizations such as Unilever, KPMG, Babylon Health, Rwanda Management Institute were well represented for the session. Dr. Nancy Njiriani – Academic Director, Rwanda facilitated the discussion emphasizing how great ideas could possibly displace, transform or change the course of direction in the industry.

As an extension of the Business Leaders Forums, the HR Learning series in recognition of the significant role HR practitioners play in identifying, nurturing and harnessing organizational talent. With this regard, the H.R learning series, across Kampala, Uganda and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania convened 99 senior HR directors.

The sessions themed, Creating and Sustaining an Engaged Workforce, drew perspectives from enabling Human Resource leaders maximize the potential of their people by successfully creating engaged working teams. In Uganda, Dr. Ben Chumo – Executive Fellow at Strathmore Business School facilitated the session and provided an insightful presentation on the same. Mr. Richard Byarugaba – Managing Director, NSSF Uganda, then shared his perspective as a Chief Executive Officer on how best Human Resource leaders can ensure that they have an engaged workforce in their respective organizations.

In Tanzania, leading organizations such as Airtel, NFT Consult, Jubilee Insurance, BK Associates and Britam were in attendance. Irene Kinuthia – Academic Director, Tanzania focused her presentation on the 5-step formula as illustrated below in unlocking one’s potential.

  • Know yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses through a personality test, SWOT analysis or simply ask a peer.
  • Say YES to big dreams, and remember, the way you say YES matters, clear all the doubts in your head.
  • Define your Why. It is very necessary and essential to state your reason for wanting what you want. Clearly define your roles, what you will need and who you will need.
  • Take massive action. What have you done today to move you closer to your dreams?
  • Every time the elevator takes you up, send it down to someone else. The more you give, the more you will always receive.

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