By: Grace Abaho

The last day of the seminar started off pretty well; with entertainment in the morning led by Mc Benny who took the delegates through a very entertaining a five minute day-breaker round of music—to which the delegates sung to with a lot of joy. Later on, the panelists were invited on stage to share with the youth their experiences and how they are evolving in business and corporate leadership. The presentations

Peter Owaga didn’t mince words and was very articulate; corporate governance should entail oversight and giving direction into the best interests of the people you serve.  He said, “Youth need to have a vision; when it comes to mentorship, there needs to be a structured way of doing it. In doing so, the space, if created doesn’t go unutilized. ” To this, the delegates nodded in agreement and threw in opinion on how best they think this can be achieved; among these, they suggested in response to his presentation, that; what is still lacking in most African countries is the lack of very good leadership

Ivan Atuyambe echoed a very noteworthy statement that really speaks accurately about what is gone wrong and how it can be righted; on firms and employees—and their clientele—he said,  “I cannot be a human without humans; for every human action beyond justifiable glory should focus on the greatest happiness for a vast number of people. The firm should be able to balance pain and pleasure for the people; to which the firm is dependent—that is morality in business and corporate leadership. No one can do it by themselves entirely; it kills innovation and capacity building. The world is changing and firms need to change ahead of time. Run away from shareholder model of running business to a stake holder of running business; this focuses on who else is affected by the business. Looking at everybody else for instance environment…how do we extract natural resources without having lasting negative effects: that is to say, corporate social responsibility?”  Ivan and the delegates all were in agreement that avoiding responsibility has greatly affected the way things are done; no one takes the blame, no one takes responsibility—that is what has to be met if corporate leadership has to thrive.

Turfina Matekele shared about networking for the youth which she said is the cornerstone of corporate business leadership. “Youth engagement in Africa is deeply embedded in network and social relationship; at DSW, we take leadership as priority and advocating for inclusiveness of everyone is at the helm of our objectives,” he added, “limited finance is one of the problems youth face in employing themselves in the corporate world.” A saving culture ends up being handcuffed, too.

On an important note, forming networks is not easy; understanding the objectives in the early chapters of looking for connections is very important. It is also highly pivotal to have youth- led constitutions; giving them opportunity to drive their agenda. Nurturing is about giving them opportunities; no one learns how to swim without getting into the water. Opportunity opens doors; it should be taken into account that without opportunity, the youth have no way of growing up in the business and corporate world.

 

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