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Leadership AnD Strategic Thinking. UNV/GLOBAL CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP. Thursday 25 th September. Tim Acquah-Hayford. Leadership And Strategic Thinking. Introduction. The Objective.

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Leadership AnD Strategic Thinking

UNV/GLOBAL CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP

Thursday 25th September

Tim Acquah-Hayford

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Leadership And Strategic Thinking

Introduction

The Objective

To promote the ideas and virtues of voluntary work among the youth for National and international development and peace

How

  • Mobilize the youth for action
  • Harness and direct their abundant energies, talents, time, (money)
  • for development
  • Start from the community to the national and to the international

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Expected Results

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leading to responsible and effective leadership
  • Spirit of voluntary service

Historical

Spirit of Voluntarism

  • Concept not new in Ghana
  • It was basis of community development
  • Communities, towns, and villages had grown through self-help
  • Asafo companies- mainly youth constituted the vanguard group for community
  • Self help
  • Protection of life and property
  • Armies against external attack.

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Historical continued…

  • Unquestionable commitment and love for community
  • Considered assignment as community call to duty
  • Voluntary Service
  • Community interest superseded that of self and family
  • The voluntary sacrifice was the source of community development and peace

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Effect of Political, economic, social and technological

changes (globalization) On voluntary Service

  • Gradual whittling away of spirit of voluntary Service, particularly among youth.
  • Demand for financial and physical rewards for otherwise voluntary
  • youth services offered
  • Disinterestedness in voluntary work for development and peace
  • Break up of traditional family system
  • Foreign influences on culture

To reverse the trend:

  • Develop strategic thinking and Leadership among youth
  • Instil these as essential tools for promoting voluntary service
  • among youth

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Leadership

The Leader creates an environment in which those he leads operates

  • The environment is the organization
  • Leaders talk to each other and work in the organization
  • They also talk to outsiders, customers, suppliers, and government
  • The leader does strategic thinking:
  • He makes the choices
  • Demands commitments
  • Builds capacity
  • The leader provides a clear view of his vision of where the organization
  • is going, the expected results, the conducts of the people, states priority,
  • States the way forward.
  • The leadership efforts rest on strategic thinking- a critical leadership tool

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Leadership defined

A relationship through which one person influences the behaviour or actions

Of other people.

Elements

  • Interpersonal behaviour-relationship
  • Involves groups
  • Brings team building
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Delegation
  • Must be seen in action
  • Integrates individual and group goals

Note: A leader is moving from control to coaching, support, empowerment

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Differences between Manager and Leader

  • Leadership does not necessarily take place within a hierarchical structure
  • of the organization
  • Manager does planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the activities of
  • subordinates
  • Leader is more concerned with communicating with, motivating, encouraging,
  • involving people
  • The two terms are often used interchangeably though.

Three types of Leadership

  • Successful Leadership- Achieves results intended by the leader
  • Effective Leader- achieves group goals and functional behaviour
  • Attempted Leadership- an individual attempts to exert leadership in the group

Leadership resides in the functions and not in a particular person.

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Leadership training

Three areas of need

  • task need
  • Group need
  • Individual need

Leadership Styles

  • Dictatorial
  • Unitary
  • Bureaucratic
  • Benevolent
  • Charismatic
  • Consultative
  • Participative
  • Abdicational

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Generally Classified into 3 main headings

  • Authoritarian- focus on power
  • Democratic-participative
  • Genuine Laissez- Faire- Focus of power is with group:
  • -leader available to help members

Another Classification Style:

-Tells: Leader identifies solutions for group implementation

-Sells: Leader decides and persuades participation

-Consults: Leader identifies problem leaves group to identify problem

-Joins: Leader defines problems and limits to answer. The group finds answer

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Leadership Constraints

  • Culture
  • Social, economic, political, technological, global, and environment
  • Legislation

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Strategic Thinking

Traditional concept of strategic planning

  • Effective exploitation of resources
  • Effective exploitation of stable market positions

Shift in meaning

Strategy consists of the unique set of deliberate significant processes

And the handful of simple rules that guide them.

- Important feature is seizing fleeting opportunities

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Questions arising

  • What is strategy
  • What is its purpose
  • Why does it matter
  • What must you do to make it worthwhile
  • Whose responsibility is it

What it must achieve

  • Prepare leader to deal with an uncertain future
  • Prepare leader to adapt to change
  • Strategy is change- process not a plan, an everyday ongoing process
  • Competition is mandatory: leader must
  • Focus resources
  • Drive customers perceptions of value
  • Drive costs down

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Strategy Continued…..

  • Imagination and human spirit
  • Drive performance
  • Subordinates must volunteer their imagination and spirit
  • Must detect new possibilities
  • Inspire new ideas
  • Set new standards of performance
  • Synthesis is critical Competitive skill
  • - Ability to make connections, ie synergy 2+2=5 must be reality.
  • What is thought about is managed and measured
  • Must be clear where he is going
  • Strategy must be deliberately crafted
  • Must be managed on an on going basis

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Where to apply the process

  • All kinds of Companies
  • Large and Small
  • Old and Young
  • Fast moving markets
  • The Strategic Processes must include:
  • select few strategic processes
  • Avoid picking a position or leverage of competence
  • Craft a handful of simple rules
  • Avoid responding to complicated world with elaborate strategies
  • Jump into uncertainty instead of avoiding it
  • The flow of opportunities is swiftest and deepest
  • Product innovation
  • Customer care
  • Partnering
  • Spin out creation
  • New market entry

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What Strategy is About:

  • Being alert
  • Anticipation
  • Seizing opportunity
  • Dreaming out new ways
  • Doing it consistently
  • Execution
  • Analysis and Choices
  • Dynamic living processes

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Conclusion

  • Effect of promoting leadership and strategic thinking on the spirit of
  • Voluntary Service among the Youth.
  • Awareness creation is a gradual process
  • Should be sustained
  • There should be reason for compliance
  • Knowledge and information will be required
  • Compulsion is not the answer
  • Persuasion with built-in incentives should be encouraged
  • But training is crucial
  • Subject matter is leadership and strategic thinking
  • These are modern concepts
  • Applicable in general management development
  • Also provides the youth with tools for voluntary Service

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Conclusion

Thank You for listening

Questions?

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Conclusion

  • Application extends beyond the community to
  • national and international levels
  • Voluntary service builds good citizenship and
  • spirit of each other’s neighbour
  • Fashioning of national and international citizenry

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