6 African Leadership Lessons

POSTED Nov 3, 2016 BY Inez Willeboordse

One of East Africa's top managers, Julie Mutoni, was recently nominated as one of three finalists in the ‘Business Leader of the Year, East Africa’ category of the 2016 All Africa Business Leaders Awards. She shone her light over Leadership in Africa and JobnetAfrica wanted to share some of her points in our new blog.

1. Encourage idea sharing with an open-door style

Don't be the kind of leader that people feel scared to approach. Don’t parade yourself as the boss – be accessible and part of the team.

2. Communicate the company’s goals and how they will be achieved

It’s important to lay out a clear vision for the company, and to ensure that everyone understands the direction in which the business is headed. There should also be no confusion among team members as to what is required of them.

3. Be patient, it’s essential for effective leadership

Patience is required to deal with challenges such as a difficult employee or a situation that doesn’t go according to plan.

4. Walk the talk

Leaders need to be disciplined and set an example for others. Bosses should follow their own rules. The team looks up to a leader. For people to perform the way that you want them to perform, you have to walk the talk.

5. Recognise performance

Make sure that whenever someone does tremendous work, it is recognised – even by giving them something small.

6. Make the most of what you have

You don’t have to start big. You don’t have to be someone important or be from a good background to achieve your goals in life.

You can read more about these African Leadership Lessons on How we made it in Africa.

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