Governance advocates brainstorm on leadership at youth summit

Renowned governance advocates are set to preach on service leadership at the maiden Impact Africa Youth Leadership Summit this year.
The summit, jointly organised by Afriwic International Organisation and Sertoh Leadership International, on the theme, ‘Breaking the leadership myth’ is designed to instill the values of integrity, stewardship and service rather than ‘rulership’ in future leaders of Africa.

Executive Director of Afriwic and Sertoh, Nana Osei-Bonsu Jnr. said the rationale for the summit was that the concept of leadership in Africa had been completely misunderstood and African leaders tend to rule instead of serving the people.

“We often say leadership is Africa’s bane, but I say it is rather the misunderstanding of leadership that is the bane of Africa since leadership at all levels in Africa is derived from the revered chieftaincy institution, which promotes ownership and rulership rather than stewardship and service.”

“The chieftaincy institution suggests chiefs own the people and the resources in their communities, they are to be served and not serve and leadership is about managing the resources at your disposal to serve the people.”

“It is this same chieftaincy idea of leadership that politicians and high office holders adopt and demand to be served instead of serving while in office, that is why politicians make lots of promises to serve during their campaign but once they get into office they become arrogant and demand to be served.”
“Key qualities of service and integrity need to be instilled in people from young age to grow up and become leaders who will use resources to serve the masses instead of amassing wealth for themselves and demanding to be served.”

“Afriwic and Sertoh are targeting the African youth for its annual leadership summits so as to become leaders with better understanding of what is required of them,” Nana Osei-Bonsu noted.

This year’s summit is scheduled for three venues in Ghana namely, Accra, Kumasi and Koforidua.

The Accra event is at the Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana, Legon on October 27, 2018. Kumasi summit is slated for Gardner Hall, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), on November 3, 2018 and the Koforidua summit is at Koforidua Technical University, on November 10, 2018. –myjoyonline.com

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