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These are some of the Training that Student Leaders are encouraged to practise to unleash their leadership potetial.
This is a course that we have developed for Africa Youth Leadership Forum to help young people maximize their leadership potential. It is built upon 21 essential leadership principles which are matched with 21 character qualities of a leader.
Additionally, we will have case studies on 21 men and 21 women who had exemplified these individual laws and qualities in their lives as influential people. Not that these individuals were perfect in all areas, through-out their lives. But, rather we can see that during their finest moments they exhibited qualities that we can do well to emulate.
The outline of this course is, in large part, based on the writings of John Maxwell – a top authority on Leadership in the world today. He speaks in person every year, to thousands of people and is the author of more than 30 books.
John Maxwell advocates a holistic approach to leadership that embraces the physical, social, intellectual and spiritual aspects of life, he also seeks to teach the timeless principles that leaders everywhere must follow if they wish to lead effectively: In their families, in the work place, in government, in the community – wherever they seek to create a positive influence. He has developed his expertise based on his experience of being in professional leadership positions for over 30 years.
The general outline of this course is based on one of Maxwell’s most popular books, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” which has sold over 1 million copies and has been translated into many languages. And for this course – we have matched up these 21 Laws with 21 Character Qualities taken from another one of his top books: “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.”
Though this study can be done alone, we know that there is strength and insight gained in numbers. More than that, we understand through the teachings of Jesus that something profound and mysterious happens when people gather together in His name. “Wherever two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). For this reason, we encourage you to find at least one other person with whom to discuss these ideas.
Leadership flows out of being… to be then to do… Your leadership style is much of who you are. Lessons learnt in life become underlying assumptions that guide leaders. All leaders operate from a philosophy. That philosophy may not be adequate or it may be simplistic. It may be implicit and not explicit. Effective leaders can articulate much of their philosophy.
The result of leadership emergence is a leader in whom God has developed character and ministry skills, who has learnt some lessons in this processing, and who uses these lessons to shape his influence and to accomplish God’s purpose. Leadership philosophy is the result of leadership emergence – the ideas, values, and principles whether implicit or explicit that a leader uses as a guideline for decision making, for exercising influence, or for evaluating leadership. A growing awareness of one’s leadership philosophy leads to more effective leadership.
Leaders must develop a philosophy that simultaneously honors Jesus leadership values, embraces the challenges of the times in which they live and fits the unique gifts and personal development if they expect to be productive over a whole lifetime.
A leader is said to be value driven if that leader consciously attempts to identify, make
explicit and explain leadership values that under gird his/her leadership and deliberately operates his/her
ministry based on these values. In leadership, values are crucial, since a person will want to pass on legacy in a way that can be on-going and effective. One of the best ways to do that is to pass on values to leaders. The legacy lives on in the leaders who will carry on those values.
Methods will come and go but principles of truth in the form of values can impact and will be much more
long-term than methodology. In this Training we will define a leadership value and an explicit leadership value.
We will show the format for writing explicit leadership values. We will suggest that all leadership
activities have two interweaving strands, that is, two major controlling foci —sharing values and modeling.
An exposure to lots of explicit leadership values is a start toward helping a leader identify his/her own values. We close by suggesting that leaders must pass on values to insure longevity of legacy.
Values are Motivations, Assumed, Distinctive, Constant, Commitments, and they are Important.
Values are not Goals, Vision, Principles, Doctrine, and they are not Aspirational
This training focus primarily in helping you discover and clarify your values. Its assumption is that everyone in uniquely endowed with set of values that motivates them, guides them and they are committed to. These may be implicit or explicit.