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Hi everyone, here’s what we have for you this week:
Leadership involves influencing behavior. In this week’s episode of The Everyday Leader, Esther Ndagire shares about her experience with digital transformation initiatives while working at the African Union.
Miss our last panel discussion? We heard from Talent leaders at Cellulant, Shuttlers and ENL Group on how they set up new managers for success. Watch here.
Are you a manager working in Africa? This week is your last chance to participate in our Manager Growth Survey.
Read on for more details…
Leadership through influence, learning and relearning leadership lessons, and digital transformation within African governments
Here are a few highlights from the conversation with Esther:
Leadership means influencing behavior: Esther has recently been reminded that leadership requires an ability to influence behavior and rally teams and stakeholders around a shared vision. While serving as a Digital Transformation Fellow at the African Union, she has faced natural resistance from individuals and partners in adopting digital tools and technologies for outdated processes that may not seem broken or inefficient to those that have been using them.
Important leadership lessons often need to be learned and relearned: During her time at Code for Africa, she learned how to navigate a multi-cultural work environment spanning multiple country locations. Now at the African Union, she has found herself needing to learn similar lessons again, appreciating the reality that people around her will have different work ethics, communication styles and leadership preferences.
African governments are embracing digital transformation: In her life experience, Esther has observed inefficient government services such as tax collection or drivers’ license applications cause frustration among citizens, resulting in loss of people’s time and missed opportunities for government revenues. Now at the African Union, she is seeing a surge in proactive demand from governments to invest heavily in digital transformation and witnessing a rapid improvement in local processes to the betterment of both governments and their citizens.
Recording: Setting Up New Managers for Success
Earlier this month, we hosted a panel discussion with a focus on these discussion questions:
What are common challenges that first-time managers face?
Which types of support do new managers receive at your company?
We heard from leaders across the continent:
Kevin Wakuze, Group Head of Learning & Development at Cellulant, based in Kenya
Ijeoma Anunibe, Head of People at Shuttlers, based in Nigeria
Lailesh Sidaya, Talent & HR Manager at ENL Group, based in Mauritius
Disclaimer: The views and opinions shared by each panelist are their own and not that of their respective companies.
2022 Manager Growth Survey
This is our final week for participating in the 2022 Manager Growth Survey, a 12-question pulse check of how managers at companies across Africa feel about the leadership development opportunities and resources available to them. If you’re a manager working in Africa, we encourage you to participate! You’ll gain early access to the report and an invite-only webinar analyzing the results.