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Perfectionism, Power and Vulnerability

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When puberty hit, so did acne. I had really bad skin and it made me feel ugly. As I grew older, I learnt to cover it up with makeup. I did not go anywhere without make up on. I still have bad skin, but at least now I am prepared to go to the gym without any makeup on, a small victory.

Being a leader and having influence often involves taking face-saving measures, in order to give the appearance of strength.

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Tutu Fellow a Tallberg Foundation 2017 Global Leader

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2010 Tutu Fellow Bright Simons is one of four people selected by the Tallberg Foundation as a 2017 Tallberg Global Leadership laureate. The Tallberg Foundation was founded in 1981 to address the systemic challenges resulting from an increasingly globalised world.  The foundation described Bright Simons as the founder of mPedigree and a technologist and social innovator from Ghana known for his combination of business with social activism and knowledge-driven public advocacy for improved governance at multiple levels of society.

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Change comes to Zimbabwe

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For millions in Zimbabwe born since liberation, the ZANU-PF government led by 93-year-old Robert Mugabe is the only government they have known. So the removal of President Mugabe from power by the military this month has been a watershed moment.  With long-time government insider Emmerson Mnangagwa now the new President, Zimbabwe is wondering if the country will continue the trajectory it has held under ZANU-PF, or if the country will chart a new positive course. 

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Half-time huddle for the 2017 Tutu Fellows - a letter of thanks

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Dear Peter, Sean, Jackie and the AFLI team,

Imagine a football game where two teams meet to compete. A game is typically divided into two halves of forty-five minutes each. The teams have trained, prepared and learned as much about each other as possible before showing up on the pitch. Despite this fact, they spend the majority of the first half of the game learning about each other, making major mistakes, figuring things out and adjusting where needed. Then it's half time. The coaches take their teams to the locker room. They review the first half of the game, the players' strengths and weaknesses, and they reshape the team's initial strategy with a view to win the game in the second half. The team goes back onto the pitch with a renewed focus, a transformed view of the world, a better understanding of each individual player, and a rekindled hope for the future.

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Leadership column in African Business Magazine by Tutu Fellows

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We are excited to announce a new Tutu Fellows’ column in African Business magazine, with the inaugural piece appearing in the July 2017 issue.   In the column, the Tutu Fellows, as thought-leaders and influencers across the continent, will give their perspectives on the evolving realities of the continent. Lanre Akinola, Editor of African Business magazine, said "The column is a dedicated space for the thoughts and ideas of a new generation of leaders that need to be heard. The Tutu Fellows are already reshaping the face of leadership on the continent, and we are delighted and honoured to be able to make this platform available."

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Courage under fire

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As an ardent student of history, the subject of leadership has fascinated me for years. In particular, I look for insights into what makes great leaders so great - Mandela, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. to name but a few.

For me, more than anything the pattern that emerges amongst all exceptional leaders is the ability to have the courage of their convictions.

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Boys, born with no natural inclination to share

Boys, born with no natural inclination to share

The Tutu Fellowship Programme requires each participant to write an essay on leadership in Africa. Each year, some of the best are selected for publishing by the African Leadership Institute. This is the third of the essays to be published from the 2016 Fellows. It is by Andre Ross and it is a deeply personal account of his views on leadership.  It presents ideas on what Africa has to offer the world, along with some thoughts on what it could do to sow the seeds of improvement.

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Leadership in a time of change

Leadership in a time of change

When the 2016 Tutu Fellows convened for their first workshop at Mont Fleur in April, they were asked, for their Group project, to develop scenarios of the future of Africa, but were given 3 different global scenario frameworks within which Africa’s future should be considered. Their preferred scenario - both globally and in Africa - was one based on “Sustainable Transitions” – a world where global action is agreed and transnational issues implemented to secure global sustainability.

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The 10-Year Tutu Leadership Programme Celebration video

The 10-Year Tutu Leadership Programme Celebration video

Between November 18 and 20, 2016, Tutu Fellows from all ten years in which the Tutu Leadership Programme has been offered descended upon Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. They were there to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the programme under the theme, Leadership, Consciousness & Change-Making. The celebration also served as a reunion, bringing together Fellows from across the years and across the continent.  The video shows the dynamic nature of the Fellowship and pays tribute to the founders and the network of people who are changing Africa through their leadership.

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From refugee to Vice President

From refugee to Vice President

2013 Tutu Fellow Nuradin Osman has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager for Africa at AGCO, the third-largest global manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment. His promotion is part of a restructuring at the company to realign its regional structure with its on-the-ground presence in Africa as well as to further expand the company's operations on the continent.

Osman's steady rise in the ranks belies his difficult beginning.  A Somali, Osman's family lost everything twice due to famine and civil war, prompting him to walk across his country and through Ethiopia and Kenya before arriving in Holland in 1992 aged 17. See video below.

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Women, resilience and the will to lead

Women, resilience and the will to lead

With a woman’s ambition to lead comes the risk of being undermined, maligned, side-lined or even physically attacked, simply because women are still viewed as the weaker sex. This year, I was elected as the first female President of the Law Association of Zambia in the 53-year history of the organisation and its predecessor the Law Society of Zambia. Having been in office since May this year, I now concur with the late, great “philosopher” David Bowie who jokingly said, “Don’t be the first, be the second”. On a serious note, being a relatively young female leader in a patriarchal society is fraught with challenges; the first of which is actually getting into office.  

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Five Fellows on WEF 2016 Young Global Leaders' list

Five Fellows on WEF 2016 Young Global Leaders' list

The World Economic Forum has announced the 2016 Young Global Leaders.  Of the 11 selected by the WEF, five are Tutu Fellows and Associates, a powerful affirmation of the impact of the African Leadership Institute's programs.



WEF describes their list of Young Global Leaders as 'Brilliant scientists. Emerging entrepreneurs. Tech investors. Activist MPs' that represent the most innovative, enterprising and socially minded men and women under the age of 40 who are pushing boundaries and rethinking the world around them. WEF says that this year’s class of Leaders gives hope to tackle the world’s most complex and pressing challenges.  In addition to being honored by their selection, they will also be offered a five-year leadership journey to break down silos, bridge cultures and use their collective skills to get things done for positive impact across private, public and civil society organizations.

The five Tutu Fellows named among this year's Young Global Leaders:

Ada Osakwe
Victor Ochen
James Mworia
Zuki Siyotula
Juliana Rotich

 

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Tutu Fellow accepted into Eisenhower Multi-Nation Program

Tutu Fellow accepted into Eisenhower Multi-Nation Program

Tutu Fellow Lorna Irungu has been accepted as a candidate for the prestigious Eisenhower Multi-Nation Program, which starts in April in the United States and runs until May 2017.  The programme is highly selective, with only a small number of people being accepted from invited countries across the world. 

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2015 – Another Year of Achievement for AFLI and the Tutu Fellows

2015 – Another Year of Achievement for AFLI and the Tutu Fellows

We are often asked what impact the African Leadership Institute and the Tutu Fellowship Programme are having on the development of Africa. Measurement of the success of leadership programmes is extremely difficult.

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Tutu Fellow condemns SA Finance Minister's axing

Tutu Fellow condemns SA Finance Minister's axing

In less than a fortnight, South African President Jacob Zuma has fired two finance ministers from his cabinet.  The first was Nhlanhla Nene, who resisted Zuma's excesses and was replaced with little-known David van Rooyen who was expected to rubber stamp Zuma's wishes.  World markets reacted immediately, causing the Rand to fall precipitously and the stock market to tumble. 

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