Our Vision

To become Africa’s largest talent development house, dedicated to raising the next generation of African Leaders.

Why we do it

Lapid Leaders Africa was founded in October 2014 to bridge the skills gap that Africa faces. A study conducted by the Inter-University Council of East Africa indicated that over 50% of the graduates of universities in East Africa, were ill equipped for the marketplace. This study supported a concern that has been prevalent in the marketplace, that universities are producing graduates that are considered ‘half-baked’. The result of this problem is that the growing economies in East Africa lack the skills and capabilities to fuel the growth. Lapid Leaders Africa exists to equip Africa’s graduates with the employability skills that will transition them from ‘half-baked’ graduates to work and world-ready graduates.

How we do it

We do this through a flagship leadership development program that we term as the ‘Lapid Leaders Experience’. The Lapid Leaders Experience uses a dynamic blend of training, modular readings, mentorship and experiential learning to provide the optimal amount of structured experiences to the students. Through the Lapid Leaders Experience, the graduates are steered to be values-driven leaders in the marketplace. The Experience focuses on developing the graduates in a wholesome manner by using its 3 pillars: Lead Self, Lead Marketplace and Lead Africa.

Our values guide us in our everyday decisions.

The three core LAPID values.

How do you ensure that every Lapid Leader will become a leader of positive impact?

By providing every member of Lapid Leader a set of core values that we live by everyday. We empower young adults to build a strong foundation of core values as they develop into responsible and entrepreneurial leaders. We enable them to live out these values throughout their lives and consequently positively impact the Continent.

Striving for Excellence

We aim to deliver the highest quality performance in everything we do.

We look at Excellence as a whole, defined as:

  1. Demonstrating integrity in all that we do. We fulfill our commitments and conduct ourselves in a way that is true to our vision.
  2. Pursuit of intellectual excellence. We are committed to the pursuit of knowledge and continuous growth in learning.
  3. We are determined to achieve Community Excellence. We value and respect as our greatest asset the people who make up our community–Lapid Leaders, Facilitators, Mentors, as well as the people connected to us through ties to our local community and the Continent.

Creativity and Innovation

Through creativity and innovation we seek to continuously improve. We are defined by our ability to extend outside our comfort zones.

We are defined by:

  1. A burning desire to make things in the Continent better. We embrace creativity and innovation — equipping and inspiring people who lead change.
  2. This is about creating and identifying approaches to address challenging situations and problems. It is about coming up with new or different ideas, or adapting ideas from elsewhere. It is concerned with moving the Continent forward by applying new ideas or old ideas in a new way to generate solutions and approaches.

Activating Servant Leadership

The servant leader is a servant first. We believe that the leader exists to serve the people.

The servant leadership model we have adopted is defined as follows:

  1. Who we are (Self-identity) – We are people with a servant’s heart, and we embrace humility & selflessness
  2. Why we want to lead (Our motive) – Serving and developing our community
  3. How we want to lead – By consulting and involving others
  4.  What effect we have (Impact) – Inspiring and influencing others
  5. How others see us – We model integrity and authenticity. Character matters most to us