Growing Great Leaders for Conservation and Development across Africa

What Makes a good leader?

Everyone has their own definition of leadership but we believe in how Tom Peters defines it: “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders”. Irrespective of how you define a leader, he or she can prove to make a difference between success and failure. A good leader has a vision and knows how to turn ideas into a success.

1. Communication

Good communication skills are crucial to be an effective leader. Being able to express yourself openly and gain people’s trust is the foundation to effective leadership. Communication and listening go hand in hand as trust is gained when people feel heard.

2. Integrity

As C.S. Lewis wrote; “integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” Without integrity, no real success is possible. An honest leader sticks to their word, lives by their core values, leads by example and always follows through.

3. Vision

“It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams.” – Les Brown. True leaders believe in a vision [conservation], inspire loyalty, enthusiasm, and commitment, help remind everyone of the big picture whilst challenging people to drive it to completion. Positivity in leadership

4. Positivity

Leaders inspire their team not based on their own goals or outcomes, but on their exhibited behavior, outlook on life, and attitude in any given situation. It’s often said that employees and fellow colleagues exhibit the behavior of their managers – and good leaders need to lead by example at all times while mirroring how they want their team to act.

5. Confidence

To be an effective leader, you need to roll up your sleeves and take charge. This includes being confident enough to lead, knowing that your plans and vision are not only viable for the team but the absolute best decision possible.
We aim to grow great leaders for conservation and development across Africa. If this is something that aligns with your goals, contact us and let’s acheive our goal together. 

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