n Conflict Trends - Preparing Africa's future leaders

Volume 2007, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


This article examines Africa's development challenges and suggests a framework for preparing Africa's future leaders. The suggested framework is based on the idea of emotional intelligence, or what the Akans of Ghana refer to as '', meaning 'home wisdom'. 'Emotional intelligence' refers to the ability to reflect on one's self and others, and using this insight to learn and to solve problems in an efficient manner, including the ability to manage relationships effectively. This article identifies four main pillars for developing the emotional intelligence of the future leaders of Africa, namely :

  • leadership with results, that is, the principle that leaders must produce optimal results;
  • national values, that is, leadership guided by a common understanding of where we are coming from, where we are going and how we can get there;
  • capacity development, that is, expanding understanding of the fundamental issues and the mechanisms for addressing them; and
  • participation, that is, creating effective space for all in the development process.

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