The Making of Leaders - An African Outlook (Report): Morgan Philips & Mazars

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Research Scope
  • Executive Summary
  • Part 1: The Making of CEOs in Africa
  • Part 2: Preparing the Next Generation in Africa
  • Part 3: Leap-Frog Leadership Development

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As economic acceleration continues across Africa, the need for more executive talent only intensifies. And, as companies expand their regional footprint and scale up operations, the type of executive who is capable of working across diverse cultures, geographies, and markets, is all the more rare.

Additionally, the Continent lays claim to the world’s youngest population, this pool of rising stars – the Millennials – will have a significant influence on business, and this will happen sooner rather than later.

This study draws on new research to identify the key drivers of success for current African executives, how these will evolve as Millennials take the lead, and most importantly, draws conclusions as to how collectively we can better engage the Gen Y to prepare them to take the lead.

To understand the success factors of today’s leaders in Africa, our research focused on qualitative interviews with 50 CEOs across the Continent.

Through these discussions, the study sought to understand how CEOs interpret their own success against various variables including education, experience, management styles, behaviours, and business strategy.

In parallel, the study also considered the qualities and characteristics of Africa’s future leaders. Thanks to a quantitative survey with over 750 African Millennial respondents, this study investigates Millennials’ leadership aspirations, management practices, and declared skillsets to have a point of comparison with those of today’s leaders.

By juxtaposing these two viewpoints – today’s leaders and tomorrow’s – the study highlights what has forged leaders of today, as well as the potential gaps, in terms of expectations, skills and ambition, between this generation and the next. In conclusion, the study offers some takeaways for companies as to how best develop the talent pool that will ultimately drive Africa’s continued growth, development and success.

The Making of Leaders – An African Outlook: Morgan Philips & Mazars

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