Connected Leadership

The quest at a glance

Connected leaders take us to the next level of living and working together. Connected leaders are connected with themselves, with their organization and with the global community. They fully inhabit their own power, their tal- ents and their position in order to serve their community. They lead, knowing that we are all on a journey, partly unknown of destination, but heading in the right direc- tion. There is recognition that detours can be helpful/ instructive. They will happen; let us accept those and learn from them. We will return to the path.

Coming together in Africa

Dutch and African leaders come together in Africa for a joint leadership quest. We cycle from Nairobi to Nairobi, Kenya, through a variety of landscapes. We share stories and thoughts.

Connected Leadership starts in May 2021 and concludes in December 2021. The cycling quest takes place in the last two weeks of October 2021.

“The world is like a Mask dancing.

If you want to see it well, you do

not stand in one place.”

Chinua Achebe

Who

Participants are invited to join the quest based on their ‘fit’ with the programme, their desire to connect with their own leadership potential, and their ambition to learn and discover themselves alongside their journeymen.

We take leaders from different continents on a personal quest that brings them more in connection with themselves, as well as their communities.

Guidance

The leaders receive light-touch guidance by Liam Fisher-Jones and Bastiaan van Meeteren, both are consultants, coaches and cyclists. Liam is one of the directors at AMREF Health Africa in Nairobi. Bastiaan is one of the partners at PAK business development in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Together is better

In Kenya, it is our intention to link into two leading African organizations – African Leadership Group and AMREF Health Africa. The AL Group is an ecosystem of institutions which share a common vision: transforming Africa by developing and connecting a new generation of ethical, entrepreneu-

rial leaders. AMREF Health Africa, in Europe known as AMREF Flying Doctors has the mission to increase sustainable health access to communities in Africa through solutions in human resources for health, health services delivery and investments in health.

Themes of Connected Leadership

Our themes we use during Connected Leadership relate directly to the personal quest of every participant. Each participant will define their quest prior to the journey. That will be shared with all participants such that we can fully support each other whilst on the journey. For some of us, it is better to sharpen the quest than find the answer. In general, we will work with the following themes:

Power

The position from which you can meet the needs of others.

Leadership and Power

As a leader you have power, this is inherent in the place of the leader. The leader who takes his power consciously uses it to serve the group and to indicate and guard the way towards a destination. The leader who does not take his power or takes it too much runs the risk of abusing it; this has a self-depriving effect (less autonomy), both on the leader and on the group.

Responsibility

We each operate from a position of responsibility. Responsi- bility is the position from which you answer. No more and no less. Responsibility and guilt aren’t the same.

Rituals

Ritual can be a powerful access point into and out of a journey; into a day; into a relationship. Ritual will occur daily and will help ‘exit’ the participants from the programme. The partici- pants will be inaugurated with an African ritual for maturity or leadership.

Ubuntu

Given that Connected Leadership is cycling and questing in Africa, we pay respect to African approaches and beliefs. Ubuntu is a leader- ship concept that is referenced a good deal in Southern Africa when leadership/management styles are being discussed:

The concept of Ubuntu can be clarified as ‘humaneness’ and as a ‘pervasive spirit of caring and community, harmony and hospitality, respect and responsiveness that individuals and groups display for one another’.

Ubuntu is founded on the principles of:

  1. treating others with dignity and respect;
  2. a willingness to negotiate in good faith;
  3. providing opportunities for self-expression, and honoring achievement and self-fulfillment;
  4. understanding the beliefs and practices of indigenous people;
  5. honoring seniority, especially in leadership;
  6. promoting equity in the workplace;
  7. being flexible and accommodative.
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