A.D.U. Executive Programs bring world-class training to leaders of government, business, and the NGO sector from across Africa. A.D.U. regularly hosts executive training programs in Niamey and elsewhere on the continent.

Our Executive Education Programs are designed for these high-level executives from public, private and not for profit sectors across Africa who are making critical decisions every day for the success of their organizations and therefor lack the time to follow a regular longer program. We put together the most critical skills you need to acquire in order to transform yourself and the way you do business in the 21st Century.

These short, ultra intensive, and highly integrative courses on relevant topics for African Executives with a global perspective are held all over the continent – Niamey, Abidjan, Dakar, Kigali, Casablanca – and in Boston, at close proximity to both Harvard and MIT.

Case Study: Adaptive leadership by Axelle Bagot, Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

When uncertainty arises and public institutions or private organizations feel the need for change, people who want to participate in adjusting their system to the demands of the new situation are under intense pressure.

  • How do you deal with this pressure and understand the underlying reasons?
  • How do you analyze the functioning and the context of the system to which one belongs?
  • How do you deal with the resistance to change and the conflicts that will inevitably arise?
  • How do you gather and mobilize around the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčinnovation? How do you tame your fear of failure?

In January, Axelle came to Niger to lead a seminar that introduced the concepts and practical tools which allowed the participants to prepare themselves and their organizations to create change.

Based on the notion of adaptive leadership created and taught for the last 30 years at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government by Ronald Heifetz, Professor of Public Policy, this seminar gathered individuals from private companies, the National Assembly, the Mayor’s Office, and the National Police, as well as journalists and activists. The participants demonstrated an active interest in change and a willingness to explore and learn from the times when they were thought to have failed, despite the difficulty of admitting error and failure in our contemporary societies that strive for excellence at all costs.