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31 October 2022

Students receive capacity building opportunity as part of leadership studies

The African Leadership Centre held the first ‘Leadership Weekend Workshop’ of the year to allow students to learn how to approach and deal with problem-solving from a leadership mindset.

Students at the ALC weekend workshop

The Social Identities and Group Problem-solving Leadership Weekend Workshop brought together students from the MSc Leadership and Development and MSc Global Leadership and Peacebuidling programmes. The workshop aimed to help students understand themselves and their own positionality

Prof ‘Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President (International, Engagement & Service), opened the first session of the weekend to instill an understanding of transformative leadership and its implications, explaining the differences in adopting a transformative style and its role in personal and societal change as a result.

Sessions throughout the weekend were designed to cover subjects such as mapping identities, problem-solving through a case study of the theory and practice of leadership, and crisis analysis problem-solving through a complex leadership scenario, respectively.

The first of our weekend programmes, this provided an opportunity to transform student’s world view. As they study and analyse different problem-solving scenarios, students are realising that the application of different approaches to leadership affects every outcome. Over the two days, a foundation was laid that serves as a successful introduction to how the programme and its workshops will be built from here on.”

Barney Walsh, Senior Lecturer in Security, Leadership and Development Education

The workshop helped students to understand their personal leadership styles by reflecting on their life experiences, providing insight into how leadership qualities such as empathy, selflessness, and integrity are shaped by our past experiences.

The weekend workshop also served to facilitate networking between the two programmes and to take the learning experience beyond the classroom.

The overall workshop was terrific. Everyone who participated brought an excellent energetic idea. I enjoyed how the workshop connected with leadership, and I understood how every session we were doing interlinked with leadership learning and practice.”

Feedback from a student who attended the workshop

I have never done such a workshop before, and the experience touched every corner related to my MSc programme. I learned networking, communication, problem-solving and sharing information between many groups.”

Feedback from a student who attended the workshop

Dr Michael Flavin, Zeedah Meierhofer Mangeli, Prof Funmi Olonisakin, Dr Michael Owiso, Dr Gloriana Rodriguez Alvarez and Dr Barney Walsh supported the weekend.

The African Leadership Centre’s weekend workshops have been run since 2018.