Through its research and leadership development programs, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) works with some of the largest and most successful organizations in Africa. We’ve found that many of them are investing in both new and experienced managers who can help them promote growth and build their capacity. The ability to attract and retain effective leaders, though, depends on how each organization develops and sustains its leadership talent.

There is no doubt that the need for effective leadership in Africa is high. But traditionally, talented leaders have not received much structured support for developing their full leadership potential. For this reason, many organizations in Africa are underperforming. By strengthening leadership skills, they could improve their business results and strengthen their prospects for sustainable growth and prosperity.

Many African organizations, especially those on the verge of becoming multinational or international in scope, find that their leadership challenges are plenty and complex. CCL’s research and leadership development initiatives show there is hope. Leaders can exceed their current levels of performance by developing their untapped potential – ensuring that their organizations are not just adapting to global change, but are effectively using change to their advantage.

In this white paper, we focus on the strengths of leaders in three regions of Africa (Southern Africa, West Africa and Egypt) and highlight the regional differences our research has uncovered. We also outline an effective approach to leadership development that benefits both leaders and organizations alike. It is being used successfully by CCL in more than 100 countries around the world.

Additional Contributing Author:

Simon Rweyongoza is the former Center for Creative Leadership’s regional director for Sub-Saharan Africa. His key responsibilities include providing regional management for CCL’s work in the region, strategic client-relationship management to clients across a range of industries and sectors and assisting with developing the Center’s presence in Africa. At CCL, Simon has worked in Assessments Operations, Client Solutions, Operations and with the Leadership Beyond Boundaries initiative. He has held positions as a client solutions operations associate, client-solutions project manager and key account manager in CCL’s EMEA Region, providing creative approaches and support for the delivery of successful high-quality interventions for global companies in a variety of business sectors. Born in Tanzania and holding dual Tanzanian and Belgian citizenship, Simon has worked across Europe and Africa. His areas of expertise and interest include leadership development, innovation, diversity, international development and facilitating youth leadership workshops.

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