To most people, especially those from the industrialized nations, the mention of Africa evokes thoughts of poverty, tribal and political wars, low standards of living, grand bribery and corruption, malnutrition, poor health, and low levels of socioeconomic development, among several other problems.
Our research study of Leadership Styles of Africans: Using the Path-Goal Leadership Theory in 2020 found out that failed leadership and resource mismanagement are the reasons why Africa is seriously lagging behind the rest of the world in development. This is because African managerial leaders use the autocratic/directive leadership style most often, and the participative leadership style the least while their counterparts in the industrialized nations use the participative leadership style most of the time.
The transition of African managerial leaders from generally directive/autocratic to generally participative styles of leadership can be a process full of frustration, anxiety, and concerns that need to be addressed. The Institute of African Leadership, IoFAL, has designed a research-based curriculum – one that is deep-rooted in the African culture – for training African managerial leaders to overcome their obstacles and make that change quicker and easier.