The Place of Leadership Development to Implement the Ethiopian Education Roadmap

By Assegid Habtewold[1]

Ethiopian Science and Educational Community and One Pupil organized a convention at Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC on Might 18th 2019. Congratulations to the workforce for organizing such a profitable event. We’d like these sorts of platforms to deliberate and strategize on how to improve our schooling system, one of the key elements to rework our country. The theme of my 15 minutes presentation was “The Place of Leadership Development to Implement the Ethiopian Education Roadmap.” This text captures the important essence of the presentation.

From the begin, I disclaimed that I’m not here as an professional on schooling, however moderately, as a leadership practitioner who began taking lead as a youth leader in the early 90’s. As the president of AAU students’ union, in the late 90’s, I had also some golden alternatives to witness the place of leadership from a really close distance- from the classroom to the ministerial degree. I used to be fortunate to serve together with some nice scholar leaders, and work with school and department heads. Unfortunately, I additionally observed some failed leadership whereas I was traveling to the totally different schools of AAU, a number of universities out aspect of Addis, and some government workplaces. Briefly, I had enough exposures to attest the very important place of management for our schooling system.

I used to be also there presenting as a management skilled. I wrote books, articles, and blogs on the theme management. I’ve been teaching and coaching leaders of some authorities businesses, main firms, and group organizations right here in the US. Throughout my current travel to Ethiopia, final November, I had possibilities to conduct some consultative discussions, make keynotes, and facilitate workshops for some firms and learning institutions. I am grateful for the alternatives I used to be given. These experiences allowed me to intently witness the eagerness of the leadership of these institutions to convey leadership specialists like myself to empower their individuals. I additionally noticed the starvation and thirst for information from members. That’s to say, I used to be there presenting as a management professional to share my ideas on how management improvement is important to implement the Roadmap efficiently.

Before leaping to speak about the very important position management plays for the implementation of the Roadmap, I gave a context. Reminding the viewers that Ethiopia is experiencing change, I pointed out that in the previous individuals used to say ‘change or risk stagnation’. But, in the 21st C, it’s ‘change or die’. You may need already observed, many people, organizations, and communities ‘died’ as a result of that they had resisted change. Like the dinosaurs, many ‘died’ because they failed to be good friend with change. They have been unable to make deep change on time. In any other case, all victims of change tried to meet up with it nevertheless it was too late. They have been stubborn to bear deep change when it mattered the most, and paid dire prices.

Ethiopia now’s in a essential juncture aspiring to bear a transformational change. This is encouraging. Hope is on the horizon. Nevertheless, we should always perceive that change means one factor to some and another all collectively to others. It’s subjective. What’s more? Change has also levels: Superficial and Deep.

For instance, if my current shoe is hurting me, I simply want to purchase a brand new one. I don’t need to undergo tons of structural and deep modifications. Nevertheless, if I had an accident and if I broke my leg, I want a deep change which will embrace amputating my leg and having a substitute. Another instance. If an organization is experiencing income decline, it might need to make some fast modifications to reverse gear and begin growing its revenue. Nonetheless, if an organization is dropping its clients in mass and its market share taking place spiral, it has to go deep change before it goes bankrupt. This type of change, however, demands changing at so many ranges including the prime leadership, the insurance policies, model, and the underlining culture of the organization.

Relying on where we are, we will select both degree of change. Both are related in their rightful place. But, we’ve to cease and make that call correctly. Sustainable improvement at national degree requires a deeper change.

In my personal opinion, the sort of change that Ethiopia needs at this juncture is deep change, not superficial. If we are on the similar page on this, for a given deep change to succeed, the least, these have to be carried out:

  1. Reforming the tradition
  2. Setting up the vital legal guidelines
  3. Building/rebuilding establishments
  4. Transforming the schooling system
  5. Creating the individuals

Though every of these is essential, in my presentation, I only highlighted the final two factors. In my future writings, I’ll cowl the remaining prime three. For now, as chances are you’ll already now, Ethiopia determined to reform its schooling system. That is why we’ve got now a new Roadmap. This is outstanding.

As I disclaimed earlier, I wasn’t there as an professional on schooling that I didn’t speak about the precise Roadmap and its content material. My focus was about the want to increase competent leaders who might implement the Roadmap so that its intentions are translated into concrete results. And, in flip, Ethiopia, via her new schooling Roadmap might equip the subsequent era leaders who enable her experience true transformation in one era.

Change isn’t a one-time phenomenon. It’s a process. Typically, it takes years, even many years. Though change is fluid and don’t take a straight-line, for the sake of understanding, let’s break down become three phases: Initiating, Implementing, and Sustaining. Observe that there are various main and mini-steps inside every core stage. A given group or nation may move via multiple levels at the similar time. The actions that ought to be carried out underneath each stage additionally range from a given change case to one other.

The Roadmap is now in the Initiation part. There could also be some implementations underway though. At this level, it is rather important to think about creating leaders in any respect levels to implement the Roadmap in order that it might obtain its aim and aims. As the saying goes: ‘leadership makes or breaks’. Take a look at any nation or group, even a household. When you see that nation or organization or household flourishing and advancing, little question, though there could also be other elements, the single most essential issue is leadership.

We might not agree about its definition and should remain arguing about what sort of management is important for a given group or nation. Apparently, like magnificence, we all know management once we see it. Once we stroll into a spot or group or village, we’ll instantly sense the presence or absence of management. That’s the reason the phrase ‘leadership makes or breaks’ resonates to many around the world.

You’ll be able to have every little thing you want for a change and nonetheless might not succeed. If there’s lack of proper leadership from the prime to bottom, the change will fail. For the Roadmap to get carried out efficiently, we’d like competent leaders. Nevertheless, we can’t have such leaders without investing our time, power, and assets. We’d like to plan and strategize to develop leaders. Briefly, for the Roadmap to convey significant change and eventually produce productive residents who’re part of the answer to rework Ethiopia, we’d like to develop the organizational and leadership capacity of leaders from the prime to the grassroots- classroom degree.

Every new effort starts with concept, you then write it down, and eventually you implement it. Afterward, you consider to see if it worked and attained the meant outcomes. If it succeeded, nice, if not, you regroup and begin the process once more. At every degree of this circulate, we’d like leadership with distinctive qualifications.

When the Roadmap was released, it passed the ideation part. After documenting the new concepts that aimed toward enhancing the schooling system, next is gathering inputs to enhance it, and finally implement it.  The latter is the hardest. That is why, going forward, it’s key to develop competent leaders in any respect ranges to implement the Roadmap efficiently.

We’d like leaders at all ranges. The prime leadership- at the Ministry degree is the highest management that should give attention to vision casting, and offering clear instructions, and this Roadmap is one of the deliverables of the prime leadership and people professionals who consulted and suggested the management. The vision additionally needs effective strategies. The prime leadership in shut session mainly with leaders at university and school levels, I presume, have already provide you with or should be working on it to enlist potential strategies and techniques to implement the Roadmap. At the end of the day, leaders of schools and departments, their admin employees, and academics/school members are the ones who play crucial management roles for the successful implementation of the methods and techniques on the ground to translate the imaginative and prescient into realities. The imaginative and prescient might abort if there is a lack of competent management at this degree of the hierarchy. Leadership is particularly essential at this degree in the hierarchy due to the proven fact that leaders/academics not only they should equip their respective college students technically, but in addition they are expected to reveal management in empowering their college students by molding their attitudes, mindsets, individuals expertise, and character. They can’t do this theoretically. They should lead by example. If they themselves aren’t properly developed as leaders, they can’t fulfill this obligation. Keep in mind, students might not concentrate to what their leaders/academics are saying however moderately what they do. There’s a saying, “Your actions are so loud that I cannot hear you.”

In fact, at the finish of the day, we’d like new breed technocrats in all fields of research who usually are not simply technically excellent but in addition nicely outfitted as drawback solvers, proactive, revolutionary, and artistic geniuses with ‘I can overcome and succeed’ mindset. These are necessary qualities of leadership. They need to additionally develop character and exhibit consistency, authenticity, and credibility to serve the public with integrity. These very important management attributes must be developed whereas college students are nonetheless in class before they exit to serve. Mother and father and area people leaders, and different stakeholders at the grassroots degree also needs to be empowered to play their respective roles for the profitable implementation of the Roadmap.

Creating leaders ought to be executed by following two routes: Brief programs to achieve pressing and fast results, and long run packages for lasting solutions. Since implementing and harvesting the results of the new Roadmap takes years, if not many years, the relevant body at ministerial degree ought to put together for the long term improvement of leaders at all ranges while partnering with different stakeholders to present fast management improvement courses so that each one stakeholders are ready to shoulder their respective management duties to implement the Roadmap. The long term effort might require establishing a leadership organ (institute) or partnering with the present leadership faculties at numerous universities to custom design and supply some management packages according to the degree of leadership of every stakeholder.

Whether briefly or long run, the management improvement efforts should contemplate creating holistic leaders. The packages ought to incorporate contents that may produce all rounded leaders who have a) The right mindset and angle, b) The essential technical knowhow and delicate expertise [people skills], and c) Character. Offering mere management packages that solely concentrate on creating expertise doesn’t lead to raising competent leaders. It is like pouring a brand new win into an previous wineskin. We can’t increase new breed leaders who can implement the Roadmap and at the end of the day change the destiny of our nation while providing the standard management trainings with out addressing outdated and counter productive mindset and flawed character.

That being stated, how can PRO Leadership, a non-profit organization established in 2009 in the US, help in raising competent leaders who can efficiently implement the Roadmap? Along with its strategic companions, the following are the place it may assist:

  1. Creating platforms
  2. Designing packages
  3. Offering contents
  4. Delivering motivational speeches, trainings, and mentoring packages
  5. Evaluating these packages

The good news is that PRO Leadership goes to launch an Initiative referred to as ‘Bridging the Leadership Gaps to Tackle the Major Challenges Africa Faces’ on Might 29th here in the US and July 17th in Addis Ababa. The initiative outlined on how PRO Leadership groups up with its strategic companions to empower youth and ladies leaders in Africa, ranging from Ethiopia, by partaking the diaspora. During these upcoming two launching events, we’ll collect the inputs, recommendation, and ideas of potential strategic companions.

Should you’re in the DC metro space, please be a part of us on Might 29th 2019 @ 5pm at Veterans Plaza downtown Silver Spring, MD and let’s hear your opinion and the way it’s your decision to become involved. In case you are in Ethiopia, mark your calendar and we look forward to hearing your inputs as properly. In the meantime, PRO Leadership has already began discussing with some strategic companions here in the US and Ethiopia to begin implementing the Initiative one group at a time, and you and your organization might be a part of us implement this initiative inside your personal group. To study more about PRO Leadership and the Initiative, please visit our website at

[1] Dr. Assegid Habtewold is the Founder of PRO Leadership International, Inc. ( Assegid could be reached at [email protected]