The Leadership for Results Programmewas a pilot initiative that targeted three countries and trained 240 mid- level managers—drawn from government, academia, the private sector, voluntary organisations and the UN—to develop their capacity and confidence to provide leadership in transformational change. The premise of the initiative was that transformation begins with new perceptions and attitudes before new behaviours and systems can take hold.
Through four-day workshops held three times over six months, the participants practiced new ways of thinking and planning while developing new abilities identified as necessary to their work. To apply their learning they developed projects designed to break through organisational challenges they had discussed. By learning and collaborating with people from different sectors, participants saw familiar challenges from different angles, gained insight from the experiences of others and built their mutual reliance. Most importantly, leaders developed the capacity to deal with complex issues using a more comprehensive approach.
Among the practical benefits gained by participants were:
Deepened commitment and stronger leadership competencies to achieve meaningful results and innovation.
Strengthened abilities in the areas of multi-stakeholder coordination, climate change adaptation policy-making and mobilisation of funding.
Greater potential to make a significant impact on national climate change priorities.
Article in The Baobab Coalition Journal on the Leadership for Results Programme (pdf, p.4).
Video produced by AAP Ethiopia on its hosting of the Leadership for Results Programme.