Leadership Journey

“Leadership.” Upon being defined as the ability to or action of leading a group of people or organization according to google, “leadership” has many different meanings. Some of the various meanings include: power, service and exemplary attributes.

A.L.A., standing for African Leadership Academy definitely takes into account the idea of leadership through its Entrepreneurial Leadership class (also known as “E.L” amongst the student and staff).

Along with the idea that leadership in A.L.A. is taught in classes, also comes the idea that leadership is related to politics and governance in Africa.

However, on the A.L.A. campus, leadership is present on many different levels. Some of which are: academics, hobbies, interests and daily life.

The interests present on the A.L.A. campus are just as diverse as the countries represented in the school. From dancing to singing to drawing to scienctific research, the list is endless. Amongst these interests are Wissem Gamra’s passion for videography, Osadee Fadaka’s love for singing and Arnold Sanginga’s enthusiasm for politics.

These three members of the A.L.A. community experienced similar interviews and were asked the following questions: “What is your definition of leadership? Has it changed? If yes, why?” “Have any leadership lessons been present in your hobbies or interests? And if so how?”

Tunisia’s Wissem told ALAians Media correspondent, that his idea of leadership changed from “the power someone has on a group of people,” to an idea that entails harmony between leadership of one’s self and leadership of the community (Wissem).  While the first word that sprang up in Osadee’s mind once he heard the word “leadership” was “service” (Osadee). Finally, Arnold is another person whose idea of leadership has undergone change. Arnold’s definition of leadership changed from someone who “makes the examples to other people of what to do,” to including someone who does the previously mentioned statement and consciously “encourages others to follow suit” (Arnold).

In answering the question whether leadership lessons have been evident in their individual passions, the answer all three gave was “yes.” “Feedback,” “PINS And Courage” and “Self-Regulation and Teamwork” are leadership topics that have been present in Osadee, Wissem and Arnold’s passions respectively. Osadee said, “Whenever I write a song or [gear] up for a performance, I seek feedback” (Osadee). Meanwhile, Wissem passion for videography was founded through the “PINS” topic introduced by E.L., who Wissem said “was the spring board for my videography” (Wissem). Arnold talks about his “increased willingness, tolerance and patience” (Arnold) whilst working in groups to achieve results.

 

Along the course of the interview, the students were asked what their favourite E.L. topic was. Which E.L. topics shall win the awards of being Osadee, Arnold and Wissem’s favourite topics? Osadee’s favourite topic is “Proactivity,” Arnold’s is “The Crèche BUILD Lab” and Wissem’s is the “Courage Assessment Process.”

“Leadership.” Upon being defined as the ability to or action of leading a group of people or organization according to google, “leadership” has many different meanings. Some of the various meanings include: power, service and exemplary attributes.

A.L.A., standing for African Leadership Academy definitely takes into account the idea of leadership through its Entrepreneurial Leadership class (also known as “E.L” amongst the student and staff).

Along with the idea that leadership in A.L.A. is taught in classes, also comes the idea that leadership is related to politics and governance in Africa.

However, on the A.L.A. campus, leadership is present on many different levels. Some of which are: academics, hobbies, interests and daily life.

The interests present on the A.L.A. campus are just as diverse as the countries represented in the school. From dancing to singing to drawing to scienctific research, the list is endless. Amongst these interests are Wissem Gamra’s passion for videography, Osadee Fadaka’s love for singing and Arnold Sanginga’s enthusiasm for politics.

These three members of the A.L.A. community experienced similar interviews and were asked the following questions: “What is your definition of leadership? Has it changed? If yes, why?” “Have any leadership lessons been present in your hobbies or interests? And if so how?”

Tunisia’s Wissem told ALAians Media correspondent, that his idea of leadership changed from “the power someone has on a group of people,” to an idea that entails harmony between leadership of one’s self and leadership of the community (Wissem).  While the first word that sprang up in Osadee’s mind once he heard the word “leadership” was “service” (Osadee). Finally, Arnold is another person whose idea of leadership has undergone change. Arnold’s definition of leadership changed from someone who “makes the examples to other people of what to do,” to including someone who does the previously mentioned statement and consciously “encourages others to follow suit” (Arnold).

In answering the question whether leadership lessons have been evident in their individual passions, the answer all three gave was “yes.” “Feedback,” “PINS And Courage” and “Self-Regulation and Teamwork” are leadership topics that have been present in Osadee, Wissem and Arnold’s passions respectively. Osadee said, “Whenever I write a song or [gear] up for a performance, I seek feedback” (Osadee). Meanwhile, Wissem passion for videography was founded through the “PINS” topic introduced by E.L., who Wissem said “was the spring board for my videography” (Wissem). Arnold talks about his “increased willingness, tolerance and patience” (Arnold) whilst working in groups to achieve results.

Along the course of the interview, the students were asked what their favourite E.L. topic was. Which E.L. topics shall win the awards of being Osadee, Arnold and Wissem’s favourite topics? Osadee’s favourite topic is “Proactivity,” Arnold’s is “The Crèche BUILD Lab” and Wissem’s is the “Courage Assessment Process.”

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