Leadership and Youth Development

As society reproduces itself, so it produces its future leaders. In the words of Aristotle, “if they are not good followers, they cannot be good leaders”. When leaders are not being nurtured, society must rely on the lottery of nature for the quality of its leaders. This makes the two mutually reinforcing since not all individuals endowed with the traits of leadership, may have the opportunity to lead and where they do, they may not always serve the interest of those they lead. We address leadership from both a developmental and an ethical perspective. Developmental leadership explores the systemic opportunities and constrains that determine the preparation of young people as future leaders. It seeks avenues to develop the leadership competencies of the youth, their critical representation and mass participation in influencing leadership decisions in the country. Ethical leadership addresses the range of principles, values, norms and laws that are set in place to prescribe rightful conduct of leaders. It is aimed at inculcating the values of public service, transparent and accountable conduct among the youth through the development of educational training materials, modules and organised symposia. The Institute also seeks to deepen networking opportunities for the youth by linking their critical demands to opportunities in the public and private sector. These include widening opportunities for capacity development, entrepreneurship and competitiveness in the labour market. The sector looks to empower the youth to play a more assertive role in national development.