Accra: Undoubtedly, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 has deepened the complexity and challenges of leadership in all sectors and across geographical locations. The already volatile and uncertain environments in which organizations and leaders work in, has gotten more complicated, with leaders having to deal with dilemmas, divergent demands and difficult decisions on a daily basis. This calls for today’s leaders to be agile, compassionate, resilient, and decisive. These skills and competencies are the focus of the Strategic Leadership Course, organized by KAIPTC and funded by the UK Government. The course is designed to capacitate executives at the C-Suite level to effectively lead their organizations to attain their strategic goals in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
This year, the seven-session was held in June for top executives from selected organizations in Ivory Coast, Benin, Gambia, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone and Ghana. The Deputy High Commissioner of the British Embassy, His Excellency Thomas Hartley stated that the continuous support of his Government towards the course reflects the value the UK places on the course. He added that the course is an enabler for advancing strategic leadership and management at the corporate or strategic level across Defence and the wider security sector.
The course, he further noted, is targeted at senior management, especially those in charge of intra-departmental coordination, decision making and change management.
Maj Gen Francis Ofori, Commandant of KAIPTC, on his part, noted that leadership in an unpredictable environment is about progress and not perfection, and the ability to stay flexible, communicate clearly and lead with compassion.
He assured participants that the course will build their capacities to navigate and explore various leadership styles in such unprecedented times, and encouraged them to actively engage in the discussions in order to develop strategies and mechanisms that would enable them to become the strategic leaders they are required to be.
For further information, please contact the Corporate Affairs Unit of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) on +233302-718200 ext 1104/1203 or +233 550 303030. You can find the KAIPTC on Facebook and Twitter: @KaiptcGh and Instagram: @kaiptc. You can further find out more about the KAIPTC on our website: www.kaiptc.org
About the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre:
The Ghana Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in 1998 and commissioned it in 2004. The purpose was to build upon and share Ghana’s five decades of internationally acclaimed experience and competence in peace operations with other states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region and the rest of Africa. This was in recognition of the need for training military, police and civilian men and women to meet the changing demands of multidimensional peace operations. The Centre is one of the three (3) Peacekeeping Training Centres of Excellence mandated by the ECOWAS to offer training in peacekeeping and peace support operations (PSO) in Africa.
The Centre delivers training courses in three thematic areas; Peace Support Operations, Conflict Management and Peace and Security Studies and also runs Masters and PhD programmes in same. The KAIPTC has a world-class research department that undertakes research in the thematic areas in Peace and Security. Located in Accra, Ghana, the KAIPTC is an internationally recognized institution and has to date trained and tutored over 25,207 participants and students since its inception.
KAIPTC is a gender-sensitive organization and committed to gender equality. Following the launch of its gender policy in 2014, the Centre has mainstreamed gender into its policies and programmes, and integrates same in its focal areas, namely training, research and postgraduate education. The Centre has developed a Sexual Harassment policy and fully oriented employees on same. It has also provided a Nursing and Childcare Centre and instituted a paternity leave policy, all with the aim to create a conducive work environment at KAIPTC.