Drolor Centre of Strategic Leadership

The Drolor Centre will provide a facility that will bring leaders together to explore leadership in a global context with the aim to provide leadership development, leadership research and case sharing to participants. In addition to providing a platform for leaders to engage in creative and focused big picture thinking, it also explores how leaders can develop cooperative global leadership and partnerships in a political and economic context. It will examine what strategic and global leadership models may deliver better and sustainable value. Central to this, the Centre will be providing leaders with skills to enhance how to communicate to stir passion and ignite the re for change in others to lead for greater societal impact.

Programmes In Global Leadership At The University

  • The Centre seeks to provide strategies that will equip Africa to involve itself in nding answers to the following: Accelerated and sustained economic growth in the face of slow integration into a new and unstable global economy.
  • Enhancing its international character and presence, and engaging more effectively at the global level.
  • Enhance peace and security on the continent.
  • Making the continent healthier and wealthier by focusing on wealth creation rather than poverty not on poverty but wealth creation
  • Strengthen good governance and accountable leadership in which ever form is workable and meaningful to it.

 

Objectives Of The Centre

The Drolor for Centre Strategic Leadership is therefore to:

  • Provide executives, politicians and senior managers with leadership skills for leading change and making a difference in the 21st Century.
  • Provide a platform for African leaders and executive to interact with global counterparts in exploring critical issues of economic and social development that matter to the African continent.
  • Provide a system of understanding of the important concepts of leadership and strategy, but more importantly how to create and deliver value for constructive and necessary change.
  • Offer personal grooming and leadership development programmes for African leaders to assert their rightful places in the world economy.
  • To undertake applied and action research to enhance leadership on the continent.
  • Provide a platform for case sharing on the continent through conferences, symposia workshops and research seminars.

Adiverse culture, but it remains underdeveloped. The continent has abundant sunshine, rainfall, and landmass for its 900 million people in 54 independent countries. It covers a total area of more than 30 million square kilometers. The continent is rich in mineral and natural resources. According to the World Trade Report of 2010, the continent possesses 99 percent of the world’s chromium resources, 85 percent of its platinum, 70 percent of its tantalite, 68 percent of its cobalt, and 54 percent of its gold resources, among other elements and minerals. It also has signicant oil and gas reserves. Nigeria and Libya are two of the leading oil-producing countries in the world and together the continent contributes about 12.5%. of the world’s oil resources. Africa also has abundant timber, diamonds, bauxite and other rare precious metals such as tanzanite, which is comparable in value to any of the gems. Yet the continent has the highest proportion of poor countries in the world. The question is why should a continent blessed with such abundant resources be so underdeveloped and characterized with marked poverty?

Symbolically, the African culture is dened by a legacy of the rich traditional heritage reected by the arts through language, music, artefacts like rites, ceremonies, taboos, myths, norms of beha v iour; and st anda rds such a s infr a struc tur a l underdevelopment, disease, squalor, illiteracy, war, unemployment, low life expectancy; and a patchwork of languages in several economically unviable tiny nations. It is a system that values and places individual good above common good and generally reects poor quality of life. These symbols have over the years become the norms and acceptable standards for Africa south of the Sahara. African leadership – traditional, religious and political leadership – has played a signicant role in the development of this symbolic culture. Often poorer countries have blamed their plight on imperialism or colonialism without considering how culture, leadership, and management practices could have contributed to the situation. These conditions have often been blamed on corruption, greed, dictatorship, military coups, incompetent leadership, and mismanagement. These ineffective leadership practices are believed to undermine Africa’s governance systems, development and culture. Africa needs to change these trends, and it is only the African people who can truly help themselves.

This is why strategic leadership becomes crucial. The question is why has our leadership practices not yielded the expected results for Africa till now? It is believed that the lack of strategic thinking and our in ability to use what we have to get what we need and want has contributed largely to Africa’s developmental slowness. It is time for African leaders to build the condence we so much deserve to take our destiny into our hands without missing the opportunity to leverage global capital through prudent partnerships and networks rather than dependency on aids and support. It is against this background that the need to set up a centre to develop leaders with a requisite social capital, leadership skills and competences for partnerships, networks, economic development and social skills to make a different on the continent was conceived.

Vision

To be a Centre of Excellence for high level and executive leadership development in Africa for Africa’s accelerated development.

Mission

The Centre exists to nurture a global community of leaders who are willing to make a difference with their presence by creating and delivering value that go beyond their time and/or geographical boundaries. Leaders, who understand the consequences of their actions and inactions on current and future generations and can act ethically in such a context.

Core Activities Of The Centre

The aim is to create a distinctive world-class leadership development platform and experience based on global trends, events, research and community engagement that can provide political, traditional, spiritual, corporate and business leaders with requisite entrepreneurial, creative and ethical thinking skills that can create and deliver value sustainably. Our approach will benet from the rigorous research conducted on the Master of Philosophy and Master of Science.