About LEAP Africa
Leadership Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, established in 2002, is a non-profit committed to developing dynamic innovative and principled African leaders. We recognize that raising leaders is critical to nation building and wealth creation. Over the years, LEAP has inspired and equipped youth, business owners and social entrepreneurs to lead ethically while implementing initiatives that transform their communities and organizations for better; sustaining livelihood and contributing to national development. LEAP achieves this through its training programmes, publications and most recently eLearning.
LEAP actively contributes to the body of knowledge on how to build a sustainable organisation in our local business environment. Extensive research forms the basis for our books and leadership training curricula and our books are action-oriented guides to creating positive and lasting change in individuals, organisations and communities. To date, LEAP has published 11 books on topics such as ethics, governance, talent management, succession planning and corporate culture. Our most recent publication, The Art of Managing Risk was launched in June, 2015 at our annual gathering of SMEs.
Our focus is captured under three headers:
1. Youth LEAP – Changing the mindset of youth, equipping them to lead ethically and motivating them to deliver positive change in their communities.
On this platform, we offer an innovative leadership development approach to public secondary school students exposing them to the practical application of invaluable leadership and life skills which they otherwise may not have access to. This is accomplished through the Leadership, Ethics and Civics (LEC) programme which has been hugely successful, with over 14,000 students passing through and 1000 community change projects later. The programme is recognised globally as it was featured on CNN (see link below) and as a finalist in the Financial Time (FT)/Citi Urban Innovations Award in 2013. Young people who have benefited from our leadership training are 80% more likely to stay in school and retain jobs and excel at their trade, than peers who are not exposed to this learning.
2. Business LEAP – Supporting entrepreneurs in instituting systems and structures that are crucial for business sustainability.
We do this through our annual flagship event – The CEOs Forum – which we initiated in 2003. The CEOs Forum which usually holds in May which targets business owners and focuses on a theme relevant to building a sustainable enterprise. We offer training workshops and resources on some of our core themes; business ethics, corporate governance, succession planning.
3. eLEAP – Creating an online resource centre with technology enabled tools for developing innovative, dynamic and ethical leaders.
eLEAP focuses is on leveraging technology for social change by inspiring our target audience of youth and entrepreneurs to be better leaders through elearning/ mobile learning, apps, video and audio clips. We are piloting the elearning development with our Integrity Institute which is a course designed to raise awareness on ethics and empower its audience to resist corruption.
With the support of funders like the Ford Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, JP Morgan, TY Danjuma Foundation and several indigenous organisations, we have reached over 40,000 youth and business owners through our programmes and many more through local and international workshops.