kevin getuba ondieki Nairobi Kenya
IT'S TIME TO CHANGE AFRICAN LEADERSHIP
Africa is a great continent blessed with diverse number of things such as natural resources like minerals, food is plenty and a vast fertile virgin land that can be used in various production activities that could earn revenue to the continent in return.I have been intrigued to write this article to understand the drive behind our African leaders and I believe this article will cut across the whole continent based on the similarity system of management used throughout the continent.African leadership should be about African solutions to local problems, and to reconscientise and rejuvenate the hearts and minds of people regarding the richness of collectiveness with an emphasis on Ubuntu (humanness and moral regeneration) and “Umoja” (togetherness).Opportunities for developing leaders have never been greater in our increasingly complex world. Diagnosing leadership development needs, especially in Africa, requires an assessment of the entire leadership culture.
Incompetence in leadership in most African countries is not only the problem of people who occupy positions in government; it is a reflection of the leadership culture that was inherited from our colonial masters. We’ve had different leaders with the same results for decades. The power distance that exists between leaders in government and citizens is also reflected in organizations and families. In such a structure, leaders don’t serve; they are served, because occupying leadership positions make leaders superior and unaccountable to the people they lead. Africa needs leadership development systems, and it is incumbent on development partners and global leaders to understand how cultural differences affect these.
Africa’s large youth population presents a great opportunity to influence the emergence of a new generation of leaders. The reality, though, is that the elite class on the continent tends to appropriate the existing curriculum for leadership development in expensive executive education programmes in business schools, whose fees are beyond the capabilities of the major part of the population. There is a need to democratize the leadership development process in the African setup. The high rate of infusion of mobile technology could be an advantage. This will make formal and informal leadership development an inclusive process that will reach people at all levels of society.
It is obvious that politics drive the economies of nations.The major difference between developed countries and developing countries is in their political evolution. Developed countries have political and economic systems that are inclusive and offer opportunities for most people to create wealth through sound leadership.
Companies in the food processing industries can greatly reduce their production costs by undertaking effective inspection and quality control. This can be done by keeping their eyes on the production of inferior products and wastes and take necessary steps to bring down the cost of production hence improve their product quality and minimize wastes significantly.Highly sensitive products make it imperative for companies in the food industry to maintain quality standards and adhere to quality requirements. This makes quality control a necessity for companies dealing with food products. It can be achieved by identifying and eliminating sources of quality problems continually.Improving product quality does not only enable companies to slash production costs but it also helps companies to boost the goodwill of the company
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