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Aga Khan & Harvard Offer Africa’s Executives Leadership Program

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Aga Khan and Harvard universities have partnered to transform the management of top organizations in Africa by equipping senior executives with skills to help them adapt to the fast changing world.

The two universities have designed a pioneering suite of courses aimed at sharpening the leadership and communication skills of senior managers to deal with current complexities and accelerating change in the 21st Century.

The program, Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa, will be hosted in Nairobi by the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) for senior leaders in business, government, civil society, and media. The Founding Dean of GSMC Michael Meyer says the course will help senior executives exercise leadership amid uncertainty with skill, purpose, and effectiveness. “We live in an era of accelerating change and unprecedented complexity. Organizational strategies today will be obsolete — if not self-defeating — tomorrow. Success requires agile leadership and intelligent communication. That is why we are proud to offer an extraordinary opportunity to sharpen two of the most vital skills demanded by these challenging times,” says Meyer.

The courses include The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence, and Impact, to be delivered by GSMC to empower leaders to speak and act with clarity, vision, and authenticity.  The second course in the program, Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos, Complexity, and Courage, will be delivered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (HKS), Executive Education. As the single-most popular course at the Kennedy School, it aims to help executives exercise leadership amid uncertainty with skill, purpose, and effectiveness.

Meyer says,  “The courses are designed to offer senior leaders a unique learning experience that will change the way they think about leadership and communication in their professional and personal lives.”The first week-long course begins in November, is followed by a second-week module in February. Participants will work with Aga Khan Unversity and John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University mentors on their own “adaptive challenge.”

Upon successful completion of Transforming Leadership for 21 Century Africa, participants will be awarded the certificate for Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos Complexity and Courage by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, and the certificate for The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence and Impact by the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications.  Upon graduation, the leaders will become part of a global network of leaders from a professionally and geographically diverse class and faculty.
 

Executives wishing to enroll can apply by logging on to http://akumedia.aku.edu/programmes. The deadline for applications is October 6th, 2017.

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