Last week, we graduated 20 participants in the New Managers Development Programme, Uganda. Of the 20 participants, 19 were from Uganda and one from the County government of Mombasa in Kenya.
The bulk of the participants in this cohort of the Programme were from the Ugandan financial services sector; with 11 participants from Centenary Bank Uganda, six from Finance Trust Bank Uganda, one participant from Uganda Development Bank and one participant from Mercantile Credit Bank.
This year’s Programme was virtual and spread out across five days. The week-long virtual sessions were very interactive and saw the participants engage in various topical discussions with the Faculty. Some of the areas covered by this Programme include; understanding leadership challenges for emerging leaders, effective decision making, building high performing teams and managing relationships with their superiors among others.
The Programme culminated in an interactive panel session with Gloria Mamwa, Managing Director & Head of Property, Africa & Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank and Samuel Wekulo, O & M Head of Operations, I – Engineering Group Uganda. The moderator for the panel session was Agnes Ruoro, Academic Director-New Managers Development Programme. This session allowed the participants to draw lessons from the panellists’ experience on career growth in their organisations.
About the New Managers Development Programme- Uganda
As a new manager, there are many pitfalls to avoid as you sharpen your skills in an all-round way. While the new manager has been recognized for the technical skills, self and other people management is a minefield. They must learn how to lead others rather than do the work themselves, to motivate, manage their peers, earn trust and respect, and to strike the right balance between delegation and control. It is a transition many find challenging to make.
The New Managers Development Programme is a week-long Programme that aims to equip new managers with adequate skills on the various areas of management as they transition from being successful individual contributors to effective managers.
By Francis Nthenge
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