THE LEADERSHIP CONUNDRUM

Yesterday, Mr Mutumwa Mawere attended a dinner hosted by the African Leadership Magazine and the keynote speaker was former President Mahama of Ghana. He was privileged to explore his hypothesis that leadership is a tired concept that needs critical interrogating when Mr Mawere asked the question of whether one can elect competence and capacity. Mr Mawere made the point that a fool before elections will remain a fool after elections. An elections occurs outside the power of the individual whose authority arises after the counting of votes. Mr Mawere also…

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Africa mass withdrawal from ICC must be stopped

Former UN general, Kofi Annan has said that an apparent African exodus from the International Criminal Court (ICC) must be stopped or the most heinous crimes will go unpunished according to a report by the Guardian. “Most of the continent’s democratic governments stand by the ICC. I stand by the ICC, because the most heinous crimes must not go unpunished.” Said Annan writing for the Guardian Koffi Annan who is one of the founders of the ICC warns that Burundi, Gambia and South Africa’s withdrawal from the court risks giving…

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The Best Thinkers Have These 7 ‘Thinking Dispositions’

Harvard education scholar Shari Tishman says there are seven such thinking dispositions. They are: 1. The disposition to be broad and adventurous: The tendency to be open-minded, to explore alternative views; an alertness to narrow thinking; the ability to generate multiple options. 2. The disposition toward sustained intellectual curiosity: The tendency to wonder, probe, find problems, a zest for inquiry; an alertness for anomalies; the ability to observe closely and formulate questions. 3. The disposition to clarify and seek understanding: A desire to understand clearly, to seek connections and explanations;…

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Africa’s ICC concerns are ignored at everyone’s peril

17 November 2016 Pretoria, South Africa – African states’ concerns with the International Criminal Court (ICC) are well publicised, but often badly understood and all too easily brushed aside. That must change; and the responsibility for changing it rests with African states themselves, the ICC and the international community at large. The most effective way to resolve Africa’s concerns is not by withdrawing from the court, but through the mechanisms available to ICC members: the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) and the Rome Statute. The 15th Session of the ASP…

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