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President Obama Speaking at the 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship in Washington, D.C

President Obama Speaking at the 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship in Washington, D.C

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of  President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies his commitment to invest in the future of Africa.

The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived (in the United States of America) in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.

Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.  Selected Mandela Washington Fellows should be prepared for an academically and professionally challenging program.

The Fellowship is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion, and commitment of the next generation of African leaders.  It offers young leaders an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of America’s dedicated leaders from community organizers to the President of the United States.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship will challenge preconceived ideas and open new horizons for those who embrace the experience.

The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows comprised 500 young leaders from across Africa drawn from the tracks of Public Management, Civic Leadership and Business and Entrepreneurship.

The application for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders will open on October 7th and will run on up to November 5th, 2014. To find out if you are eligible read the Mandela Washington Fellowship Application Instructions.

If you do qualify and decide to apply do not be in a rush. Make sure to build a good resume. To find out what exactly will be required read this article on Building Your Resume.

Best wishes!

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Authentic Leadership Doesn’t Pigeon Hole People

By Steve Keating

Authentic Leadership is a balancing act.

An authentic leader must understand the strengths and weaknesses of their people. They must make judgments about their people and make certain that they are giving their people the best chance to succeed.

It’s a balancing act because authentic leaders can’t afford to be judgmental while making the judgments required to help their people succeed. Authentic leaders know better than to apply their own life’s circumstances and values to the situations and decisions of their people. Authentic leaders accept most everything at face value.

Authentic leaders know that judging a person does more to define themselves than it does the person they judge. They also know that every person is in someway unique and gifted. Authentic leaders invest the time to discover what those gifts are and find a way to put them to use.

Authentic leaders are realists and they are fair. There will always be a person or persons who a leader “prefers” working with but that preference shouldn’t mean “extra” benefits or opportunities for that “preferred” person. Rules and policies apply equally or they don’t really apply at all.

Most of all, a leader should never pigeon hole their people.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term “pigeon hole” it means to decide that someone or something belongs to a particular type or group, especially without knowing much about them.

This is where authentic leaders really separate themselves from the more common leader: They know their people. They know what motivates them, they know their challenges and goals. They see their people as PEOPLE and not merely a resource to be allocated.

They invest the time everyday, yes everyday, to understand them as people. They work to understand their environment, backgrounds, past successes and failures. They can make judgments without being judgmental because they know where their people are coming from.

If you’re a leader who believes (accurately) that your own success is dependent upon the success of your people then don’t judge what you don’t know. If you’re a leader who believes that your organization’s greatest asset is it’s people then invest your time with your greatest asset.

People want to matter and when they know that they matter to you then and only then will you have the opportunity to truly lead.


 

Steve Keating

Steve Keating

Steve has over 29 years of sales and sales management experience and he speaks dozens of times a year on topics relating to sales, customer service, management, team building, leadership and business management.

1977 Graduate of University of Minnesota

Certified by Sales & Marketing Executives International as a Certified Professional Salesperson, Certified Sales Executive and Certified Marketing Executive

Visit Steve’s website at http://stevekeating.me

 

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