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Competence and Character as a Leader’s Core

  Jul 8, 2011

A breakfast themed ‘Yoking Holistic Change’ and sponsored by Kenya Tea Packers (commonly known as Ketepa) was held on Thursday, 7th July hosting 120 women leaders from various sectors. The guest speaker was Timothy Chege, MD of Ketepa, who shared on the challenges that women in leadership face, as well as how to tackle them. His presentation touched on the competencies that great women should harbor and nurture: emotional intelligence, intelligence, good organisation skills and committed to their faith among others.

The Leader’s Core

The leader’s core consists of competence and character as was presented by Patricia Murugami, who talked of the 360o experience that one may have once they develop their self-leadership and team leadership skills. Where there is no link between these two types of leadership, it leads to disengagement. She elaborated the effectiveness of Strathmore Business School’s women in leadership programs in developing these core facets of leadership – competence and character; Women in Leadership Learning Series (WILLS) and The Leading Woman (TLW). While The Leading Woman focuses on sharpening the woman leader’s skills in leading and motivating others, Women in Leadership Learning Series focuses on self leadership.

Elizabeth Kyengo, General Manager of Procurement at Nation Media Group and alumnus of WILLS says that the program gave her a spirit of excellence, having to juggle between the batons of a high-demanding job and family. She says that she acquired values that she practices in her work, that have made her understand herself first, to be able to understand others. She reflected on her participation in a forum dubbed, ‘ What it takes to get to the top’ where Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore and CMA CEO, Stella Kilonzo were panelists, where the two shared the importance of good leadership values as a way to get to the top of your organisation.

To have a glimpse of the presentations that were made during this breakfast, please click on the relevant presenter’s link below:

Timothy Chege

Patricia Murugami

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