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Time-Honoured Wisdom: African Teachings for
VUCA Leaders:
Presented by
Mounina TOUNKARA
Plan
VUCA
2 Pillars of
African
leadership
Kurugan
Fuga
Charter
Lessons
learned
VUCA World
• Unpredictability is the new
norm
• Unemployment and skill
shortages coexist
• The line between employment
and entrepreneurship blurs
• Yesterday's competitors can
become tomorrow's partners.
VUCA
Complexity
➢ Cause and effect are replaced by
interdependence.
➢ having too many elements in motion to
track or understand alone, necessitating
swift decision-making.
Uncertainty
➢ The present is difficult to understand, and the
future is impossible to predict.
➢ unexpected being expected and
considered normal. Outcomes can only
be understood in hindsight.
Ambiguity
➢ Opposite occur simultaneously, creating
confusion.
➢ Multiple viewpoints and an abundance of
information that makes things unclear.
Volatility
➢ Speed and scale at which change occurs.
➢ Rapid, ephemeral changes of
indeterminate duration, making it
increasingly difficult to stay updated and
leading to more frequent
reassessments.
volatility
uncertainty
complexity
ambiguity
The VUCA world
VUCA world?
stability
certainty
simplicity
clarity
SC² vs
VUCA
Opposite of the VUCA perception
volatility
uncertainty
complexity
ambiguity
The VUCA world
Leadership Skills For VUCA:
VUCA is Life
Creativity
&
Resilience
Humility &
assurance
Curiosity &
Reflexivity
Collaboration
& Collective
wisdom
This highlights the idea that
Leadership can be defined from
various perspectives.
We will delve into African
leadership, focusing on the
leaders of the Sacred Kingship of
Antiquity and the Middle Ages,
who laid the foundations of
power and authority in Africa
and the world.
African
Leadership
Temporal
Spiritual
Temporal
Temporal
Humanness
Respect
Courage
Orality
These values guided Ancient African leaders in building empires and kingdoms that stood for centuries.
Temporal
Temporal
Respect
Orality
• In ancient Africa, spoken words carry as
much weight as written ones.
• Being human in the ancient African
context means honouring your word, thus
Your credibility depends on how well you
honor what you said.
• In the African viewpoint, once words are
spoken, they take on a life of their own beyond
anyone's control. No word is spoken without
reason, and in this culture of oral tradition, it is
understood that words do not simply disappear;
rather, they "remain as visible as the tracks of a
path one has made."
• In some cases, words can even become the
source of conflicts.
Spiritual
Temporal
Sacrifice
Hogon = "ombilic"= "cordon ombilical"
= axis that connects heaven and earth
African leadership
Religious
Transformative ERA
• Disruptive technologies, such as artificial
intelligence, the internet of things, and Blockchain,
Along with global forces like climate change and
diversity, are reshaping our lives, workplaces, and
communities at an unprecedented pace.
• What was once unquestioned just months ago is no
longer valid, especially in a post-COVID world.
• Emerging technologies like LLM and Generative AI
Applications render specific skill sets obsolete.
• The democratisation of global knowledge ensures
access is no longer limited to the privileged few.
World leaders
• Balancing being professional
and Human
• Treating all individuals equally
prevents injustice
• Respecting Oral commitments
as well as written ones.
Balancing being
professional and
Human.
Treating all individuals
equally prevents injustice
• disregarding hierarchical positions, origin,
background, and social status.
Respecting Oral commitments
as well as written ones.
• “He who doesn't know a grave's coldness,
doesn't give the dead their respect.”
Lessons learned
• As Leader
• Psychological Safety for Truthtellers
• Conflict resolution system
• Responsibility for others
• Leadership Values:
• Humanness
• Respect
• Orality
Resilience in VUCA
• In our VUCA world, resilience can be
attained only collectively.
• Individualism is possible only when
services and institutions are working
normally. Otherwise, we will have to
focus on each other in total solidarity.
Time-Honored Wisdom: African Teachings for VUCA Leaders

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Time-Honored Wisdom: African Teachings for VUCA Leaders

  • 1. Time-Honoured Wisdom: African Teachings for VUCA Leaders: Presented by Mounina TOUNKARA
  • 3. VUCA World • Unpredictability is the new norm • Unemployment and skill shortages coexist • The line between employment and entrepreneurship blurs • Yesterday's competitors can become tomorrow's partners.
  • 4. VUCA Complexity ➢ Cause and effect are replaced by interdependence. ➢ having too many elements in motion to track or understand alone, necessitating swift decision-making. Uncertainty ➢ The present is difficult to understand, and the future is impossible to predict. ➢ unexpected being expected and considered normal. Outcomes can only be understood in hindsight. Ambiguity ➢ Opposite occur simultaneously, creating confusion. ➢ Multiple viewpoints and an abundance of information that makes things unclear. Volatility ➢ Speed and scale at which change occurs. ➢ Rapid, ephemeral changes of indeterminate duration, making it increasingly difficult to stay updated and leading to more frequent reassessments.
  • 7. volatility uncertainty complexity ambiguity The VUCA world Leadership Skills For VUCA: VUCA is Life Creativity & Resilience Humility & assurance Curiosity & Reflexivity Collaboration & Collective wisdom
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  • 9. This highlights the idea that Leadership can be defined from various perspectives. We will delve into African leadership, focusing on the leaders of the Sacred Kingship of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, who laid the foundations of power and authority in Africa and the world.
  • 11. Temporal Temporal Humanness Respect Courage Orality These values guided Ancient African leaders in building empires and kingdoms that stood for centuries.
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  • 14. • In ancient Africa, spoken words carry as much weight as written ones. • Being human in the ancient African context means honouring your word, thus Your credibility depends on how well you honor what you said.
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  • 16. • In the African viewpoint, once words are spoken, they take on a life of their own beyond anyone's control. No word is spoken without reason, and in this culture of oral tradition, it is understood that words do not simply disappear; rather, they "remain as visible as the tracks of a path one has made." • In some cases, words can even become the source of conflicts.
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  • 19. Spiritual Temporal Sacrifice Hogon = "ombilic"= "cordon ombilical" = axis that connects heaven and earth
  • 21. Transformative ERA • Disruptive technologies, such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and Blockchain, Along with global forces like climate change and diversity, are reshaping our lives, workplaces, and communities at an unprecedented pace. • What was once unquestioned just months ago is no longer valid, especially in a post-COVID world. • Emerging technologies like LLM and Generative AI Applications render specific skill sets obsolete. • The democratisation of global knowledge ensures access is no longer limited to the privileged few.
  • 22. World leaders • Balancing being professional and Human • Treating all individuals equally prevents injustice • Respecting Oral commitments as well as written ones.
  • 24. Treating all individuals equally prevents injustice • disregarding hierarchical positions, origin, background, and social status.
  • 25. Respecting Oral commitments as well as written ones. • “He who doesn't know a grave's coldness, doesn't give the dead their respect.”
  • 26. Lessons learned • As Leader • Psychological Safety for Truthtellers • Conflict resolution system • Responsibility for others • Leadership Values: • Humanness • Respect • Orality
  • 27. Resilience in VUCA • In our VUCA world, resilience can be attained only collectively. • Individualism is possible only when services and institutions are working normally. Otherwise, we will have to focus on each other in total solidarity.