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Leadership (in)capacity and development: investigating the impact of leadership-training programmes on building capacities in developing and transition countries 
Asad Ghalib (Liverpool Hope University)
Justice Bawole (University of Ghana Business School)
Issam Malki (University of Westminster)
Aminu Mamman (University of Manchester)
Ahmad Nawaz (Lahore School of Economics)
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Leadership pathways and spaces
Friday 19 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Leadership training programmes claim to develop a democratic, ethical, professional and rational generation of leaders of NGOs and other civil society organisations. This panel investigates if, how and to what extent such training has influenced the individuals and organisations that they represent

Long Abstract:

A number of empirical studies have shown that at the organisational level, strong and effective leadership emerges as an important success factor, along with powerful pressures for change coming from outside the organisation. Within a development context, challenges relating to leadership have become increasingly pronounced.

Henry Mintzberg argues that we have had enough of hubris in the name of heroic leadership, much as we have had enough of foreign experts pretending to develop the 'developing' countries. While he asserts that the development of leaders must happen indigenously, from the life experiences of individuals, not programmes that purport to create leaders, others, on the flipside have argued for tailored leadership programmes to train senior, middle and junior level leaders and managers. Developing capacity and creating a tailored leadership-training programme can lead to a significant awareness of key concepts, models and theories in leadership. Building capacities in leadership should, in theory at least lead to a more democratic, ethical, professional and rational generation of leaders of NGOs and other civil society organisations. This panel invites empirical papers that explore how such leadership training programmes have changed or have the propensity to modify and alter the behaviours of leaders across the developing world. It is hoped that strong empirical papers will lead to a meaningful contribution to the practice of leadership and its impact. Equally interesting would be to see if studies report that such programmes have made no tangible difference to individuals and organisations.

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Session 1 Friday 19 June, 2020, -