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• Where did you grow up?
• What was your Dream
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• Who or what inspired you
to reach for the Stars?...
Where are you from?
I was born in Ghana and part of my youth and
education was in the United States. I grew up in
Washingt...
What were your Sources of Inspiration?
My father who never went to school but had this integrity
about him, this working s...
• What does the Future of
Leadership mean to you?
• What have you learnt from
your journey that is most
important for buil...
What does the future of leadership mean to you?
Without good leadership people perish. It is the same
thing in a family - ...
• What are the key
Technologies that you
envisage will be driving
the Leadership of the
Future?
• Which Social Media
Platf...
What are the key technologies that you
envisage will be driving the leadership of
the future?
We can also use technology t...
• Which have been your
Biggest Success Stories in
establishing leadership
principles for the Future?
• Which are the Role-...
• Which have been your biggest success
stories in establishing leadership
principles for the future?
• There are so many p...
• How can People get hold of
you (LinkedIn, Website etc)?
• Where can Listeners follow
your Thought Leadership?
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The Future of Leadership Forum: Interview with Prof David Abdullai (Founder & CEO, African Graduate School of Management and Leadership)

  1. 1. The Future of Leadership Forum Featuring: Prof David Abdulai Founder & CEO, African Graduate School of Management and Leadership
  2. 2. • Where did you grow up? • What was your Dream Career when you grew up? • Who or what inspired you to reach for the Stars? • What was the turning point in your Career? • What is driving you today? Part 1: David's Journey
  3. 3. Where are you from? I was born in Ghana and part of my youth and education was in the United States. I grew up in Washington DC, Boston and Denver, Colorado. What did you study? I studied at Howard University for my undergraduate and finished my PhD in International Economics at the University of Denver and did a Leadership Development Program at Harvard University. What was your Dream career when you grew up? As a young child I wanted to be a musician and I could sing and dance and I followed James Brown but unfortunately it never happened. Even today, when I work, I listen to classic music.
  4. 4. What were your Sources of Inspiration? My father who never went to school but had this integrity about him, this working spirit and he was a leader in his community. And my grandfather who was a paramount chief and would call his people together to deliberate on matters and that is why I saw that leadership is a very important quality. Where did you start your career? I started my career first at the World Bank as a consultant then I went to the Bank for International Settlement in Basel and then to Malaysia where I was the first African Dean to run the law faculty. From there I was head hunted to come to South Africa to run the UNISA Graduate School of Leadership - and from there I went to Ghana where we started the African Graduate School of Management and Leadership. What was the turning point in your career? Having worked in different parts of the world, I realized that there was a lot more to be done to make Africa a better place and in turn inform the global environment because Africa has a lot to teach the global environment - and realizing that all human beings want the same thing.
  5. 5. • What does the Future of Leadership mean to you? • What have you learnt from your journey that is most important for building future leaders? • What would you like to tell aspiring leaders they should focus on for building a future- proof career? Part 2: David's Future of Leadership Lessons
  6. 6. What does the future of leadership mean to you? Without good leadership people perish. It is the same thing in a family - without good leadership, the kids will go wayward. What have you learnt from your journey that is most important for building future leaders? Work hard. Keep on being very hungry. Complacency is the recipe for failure. You must be humble. You must be honest and have integrity. What would you like to tell aspiring leaders they should focus on for building a future proof career? First, integrity is very important. And during bad times, you must tell them the truth. As a leader, you must read, continuously read. Knowledge is the only factor that does not obey the law of diminishing returns. You can keep adding on to your self knowledge.
  7. 7. • What are the key Technologies that you envisage will be driving the Leadership of the Future? • Which Social Media Platform(s) would you suggest aspiring Leaders should master? Part 3: David's Future of Leadership Ideas
  8. 8. What are the key technologies that you envisage will be driving the leadership of the future? We can also use technology to cut down corruption. If everything is paperless and there is minimal human interface, it will drastically reduce corruption. Also medicine, telemedicine, to help people in rural areas to have access to medical advice without having to go to the big cities. Which social media platform would you suggest aspiring leaders should master? It was at Harvard that we were influenced to register on LinkedIn, the professional network. If you use Facebook, you should use it professionally. And of course other apps such as Whatsapp - as a future leader, it is important to have a website. Skype is also
  9. 9. • Which have been your Biggest Success Stories in establishing leadership principles for the Future? • Which are the Role- models of Leadership that you would recommend future leaders should study? Part 4: David's Future of Leadership Advice
  10. 10. • Which have been your biggest success stories in establishing leadership principles for the future? • There are so many people that it is very hard to point to just one. I get a lot of people call me every now and then - to just point at one, would not giving credit to others. • Which are the role models of leadership that you would recommend future leaders should study? • Wealth is not about money, it is about creating wealth. If you have a lot of people who believe in you and trust you, whatever you want, they will provide. • Most people go out looking for money and in the process they tarnish their reputation, they trample on the values that brought them to where they are and they end up in
  11. 11. • How can People get hold of you (LinkedIn, Website etc)? • Where can Listeners follow your Thought Leadership? • What is the one Thing you would ask Your Listeners to take away from this Interview and implement in their Leadership? Part 5: David's Community
  12. 12. How can people get hold of you? Please visit our website africasml.edu.gh or email me at dabdulai@africasml.edu.gh Where can listeners follows your thought leadership? Please follow Prof Abdulai on LinkedIn What’s the one thing you would ask your listeners to take away from this interview and implement in their leadership? I believe there is always sunshine after rain. So of you are currently struggling, you should not think this is the end. Also no condition is permanent. So those that have made it should not think that this is it and rest on their laurels. And finally, there is no substitute for hard work.’ Listen to the full Interview on Soundcloud, or watch the Slides, as
  13. 13. www.thefutureleadership.com Twenty Insights from Global Thought Leaders

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