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Africa Directors Programme

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The Africa Directors Programme (ADP) is a unique learning programme designed specifically to equip board directors to govern with confidence, purpose and skill. The focus of the programme is on the director as a person, the governance processes of board dynamics, as well as corporate governance and ethics that follow such a position. This hands-on training promotes sustainable business development through a vision of professional governance that is structured to help build the director’s responsibilities, board leadership skills, credibility and confidence.


In the ever-complex business realm, global priorities and challenges often fall on executives’ shoulders. Leaders, therefore, need to adapt their executive roles with new ways of thinking to make room for such changes. This leadership course equips you with tools needed to expand your ability to lead, motivate and achieve business objectives, enhance your global perspectives and empower you to formulate strategic goals. Over the course of 7 months, you’ll learn new techniques and management skills and will be equipped to:

  • Appreciate a global perspective and understanding of global markets
  • Employ cognitive strategies to appraise systems and consider emergent futures
  • Employ adaptive thinking to support strategic leadership decisions
  • Deploy creative workforce strategies to enhance diversity and organisational performance
  • Collaborate and integrate business knowledge, skills and professional networks to enhance your career
  • Develop ethical reasoning in determining the role of business in society

Who should attend

The ADP course is best suited for newly-appointed and current board directors who would like to develop their role further, connect with their inner strengths and become better equipped to lead responsibly in director risk management, strategy and performance.


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