Chairpersons from different organisations in Kenya congregated at Strathmore Business School on 8th and 9th October, 2012 to attend Leading the Board program, a program specially designed for chairpersons and aimed at providing them with leadership skills that are to corporate governance. The two day program was facilitated by seasoned faculty including Dr. George Njenga, Sunny Bindra and Dr. Jim McFie.
The program delved into various topics affecting chairs of boards such as understanding the special role of the chair, qualities of a great chairperson and ethics. Various issues t were raised during the discussions such as the difference in culture among employees, dealing with the silent director and principled departure.
The participants were divided into groups to facilitate discussions so as to grasp a better understanding of how the different chairs handle difficulties in their organisations. The discussions presented as opportunity for the chairpersons to interact and share their ideas and world views on leadership on the board. Sunny Bindra challenged them to rise up to the occasion and become true transformational leaders. According to him, Real leadership comes from understanding that a problem needs a solution.
In the closing session, Patricia Murugami, Vice Dean, Executive Talent Management SBS encouraged the participants to change the life of one person whom they will interact with or mentor in the course of their leadership just as Leading the Board Executive Program has given them the opportunity to learn so as to transform others. She concluded by quoting Paul Shane Spear who said, As one person, I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.
The program culminated with a graduation ceremony.