CPIA Leadership Training

01 Mar, 2017 02:51


The Centre for Peace Initiatives in Africa through its Research and Training Division, the General Emmanuel Erskine Research and Documentation Centre holds series of workshops in Leadership to which it invites young people who have shown a capacity for leadership.  An observation of the background of leaders in the Politics and Business structures in Zimbabwe leads one to a conclusion that most leaders in Zimbabwe were once  Youth representatives in School universities and Churches they attended. As a result GERDC is inviting, Youths from different organisations  to the workshop to examine the following:

i) Transitioning to Leadership

This Programme examines the complex role of a leader as a person, thought leader, Problem solver, change agent, ethical leader and role model.  Through interactive, action oriented team engagement, participants will examine their strength as individual leaders, develop necessary management communication skills and spend time pulling all of the pieces together in a simulation exercise designed to put new competences into practice.

ii) Executive Leadership

One aspect of this course would be the examination of Difference in behaviour between female and male executive leadership. What are the critical elements that make the difference between management and leaders, the factors that move a person from management to Front Office or the Executive Suite?  The primary goal is to develop professional presence and leadership skills necessary to succeed at executive level in organisations. The programme stresses that half of the participants should be women.

iii) The  Essentials of Management

This Programme provides a foundation in leadership disciplines in a condensed format.  The course is designed to instil a broader understanding of topics in business and politics while building critical thinking skills through case studies and simulations, lectures, discussion and active exercises.

iv) Conflict Management

The Programme will examine the role of leadership in conflict Management and as conflict intervention tool.

Venue:      The General Emmanuel Erskine Research and Documentation Centre (GERDC), Vumba, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
Language of facilitation:      English

Target groups 
The Retreat is designed for senior and middle-level professionals and those pursuing studies in different fields.

Areas to be covered

  • Introduction to Leadership Principles
  • Distinction between leadership and management
  • Types of leadership styles
  • Pillars of Leadership
  • Distinction between women and men leaders
  • The role of leadership in conflict intervention
  • The role of leadership in transformational societies
  • Macroeconomic Policy Formulation
  • Leadership and Management of Conflicting National Goals
  • The role of communication and interpersonal relationships
  • Characteristics of a successful leadership style 

The Retreat will be conducted through an interactive workshop format. Participants will have opportunities to interact with each other, share their knowledge, experiences, challenges and listen to each other. The emphasis is on enhancing knowledge and understanding of effective leadership styles. The Retreat will also involve role plays, case studies and other exercises.

 Expected Outcomes

  • Understand what leaders really do
  • Differentiate between leadership and management
  • Expound on the nature and importance of leadership in organisations / institutions / countries etc
  • Understand the concept of leadership as a conflict intervention function
  • Present viewpoints regarding political leadership in different countries
  • Identify the more interactive leaders between women and men
  • Identify and comment on some contemporary perspectives on leadership.


  • Dr. L. Kapungu

  • Rev. Dr. G. Shana

  • Ms. N. Mushonga

  • Father F. Mukonori 

Participating Certificates:

Participants who attend the workshop will be presented with Certificates verifying that they  completed the leadership training course.

Training Cost:

The cost is US$150.  This will cover accommodation and meals, transport (from Harare) and training fees.


To find more about the training and other details call E. Mutama or Petronella Mapfiro on :0773 552 501/0774 107 160 or visit our website : cpia.org.zw

* CPIA also runs specific courses in peace building on request



Rev. Dr. G. Shana

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