The flagship program of the Institute for National Transformation is the “OAK SEED” Executive Leadership Program (INT-OAKSEED). The prospective participants of INT-OAKSEED will learn to operate with a global vision, develop skills and character sets that will have far reaching implications for their careers and the organizations and/or communities which they will lead. These “OAK SEED” leaders will be authentic, skilled and bold in taking initiatives and responsibilities.
The Academic Content
The Oak Seed Executive Leadership Course, is a six (6) month, 30 lecture course with two face to face days per month during weekends. The academic content is designed to inculcate four key principles in the participants: Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence. The academic content is grouped into six (6) modules which are:
- Module 1: Making a Case for Paradigm shift
- Module 2: Creating an Enabling Environment
- Module 3: Becoming a Transformational Leader
- Module 4: Developing Soft Skills
- Module 5: Infrastructural Systems
- Module 6: Project Reports and Presentations
The academic content is designed to challenge participants to think about the major challenges we face as a continent and the potential solutions within their sphere of influence. The facilitation approach is highly interactive. An integral part of the course is to promote learning through interaction between participants and facilitators. Our discussion–based teaching is designed to stimulate new and innovative ways of thinking and to enable participants to make decisions that produce results. Movies are also used to enhance the learning experience.
Each participant will be helped to develop a project to capture their direct application of knowledge gained towards their life aspirations. The Oak Seed Executive Leadership Course offers participants the opportunity to be inspired, to learn and to develop networks which will form a springboard for a productive career.
EducationQuality education, beginning with primary education, is fundamental to endow individuals with the capacity to successfully pursue their private goals while at the same time equipping them with the knowledge and skills as well as values and attitude necessary to contribute effectively to their societies. ‘The World Bank’
GovernanceRaising leaders who will proffer performances instead of pronouncements ; expertise and competence instead of title and position; bold development initiatives instead of seeking handouts; respect and service to their people and employees instead of dictatorship, control and abuse and who will leave legendary, positive impact instead of failures and excuses.
Media“Whoever controls the media controls the culture because the media tells the audience what to believe about the world” O.S Hillman, ‘Change Agent’
CelebrationLearning how to discover life passions within the seven spheres of society and how to prepare adequately how to fulfill these passions skilfully and profitably
ReligiousEducating the population against religious, gender and ethnocentric discrimination and the attendant violence and human rights abuses.
SocialPromoting personal and collective responsibility towards individuals,families, organizations, communities, nations and ultimately, Africa development
BusinessINT offers participants a drastic mind-set shift from transactional, unproductive hunter paradigm to a productive, farmer paradigm
Course Assessment Methods
The progress of the participants is assessed using:
- Time keeping and attendance records
- Written book critiques of required reading materials
- Take home assignments
- The development and presentation of individual and group projects
Who should attend?
Middle to senior management leaders from both the private and public sector that have passion for the transformation of Africa will benefit from attending this course.
Values-based, “No Excuse” leadership of Responsibility, Integrity, compassion and excellence from both the private and public sectors throughout Africa that is proffering bold and progressive initiatives; instead of dictatorship and control and leaving a legendary impact in the Continent instead of failure and excuses.
The course ends with a graduation banquet during which Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants.