A LOOK BEHIND THE RESEARCH
A LOOK BEHIND THE RESEARCH
There are many organizations, schools and individuals in Africa with a burden and passion for developing and empowering effective leaders across all aspects of African culture. The Africa Leadership Study asked over 8,000 African Christians to identify those individual lay leaders, pastors and organizations demonstrating a high level of positive impact. They were also asked to identify key components of mature, impactful leadership. The survey responses and the qualities and formation experiences of those identified can serve to guide us. This data can inform curriculum development, training materials, mentoring practices, networking and gaps so as to develop best practices. We can also identify those who have been most effective and can be empowered to do more through further support.
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The continent of Africa encompasses a wide and multilayered diversity of cultures, languages, ethnicities, history and development. The ALS study was implemented in Angola, Central African Republic and Kenya, seeking to capture key information from one Anglophone, one Francophone and one Lusophone country. We identified some commonalities across all three countries. We also gained insight into some of the differences. In order to understand the implications of the data one has to have some context of the history and the forces that shaped the distinct culture and context of each of the three countries. As you click on Angola, Central African Republic and Kenya below, additional information is provided.
Over the course of the implementation of the Africa Leadership Study a variety of individuals with expertise in research, training, teaching, writing, publishing and leadership development contributed and collaborated. Together we designed and implemented the research tools, process and protocols. The review, analysis and interpretation of the data has excited and challenged us. A spirit of co-operation, mutual respect, humility, dedication and self-sacrifice has been a key component of the work. The collegiality and sense of purpose among the group has in itself been a powerful and informative statement of the level of excellence and capacity of leaders in Africa.
As you click on each face you will see the ALS role each person played and a brief biography. In some cases a video interview is included.
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The green buttons below take you to the subgroups. A click on each individual’s name will give you further information about them.
The Africa Leadership Study owes much to the several institutions that supported the effort. Staff and students from each undertook the ALS research in addition to their full time jobs and course work. Much of the implementation of over 8,000 initial questionnaires was carried out by students. We trust they benefited from the training conferences held in each country to teach research methods and equip them for the task. ALS is most grateful for the support, the input, the prayers and the professionalism each institution and their administration gave to the project. We hope that what we have learned together can be used by each as they seek to fulfill their mission and goals.
As you click on each school’s logo you will be taken to information about the organization.
Click on any of the organizations above for more information on each.