By Marty Malley
Shrinking Borders, ICAN Program Leader
In October, two of our faculty members conducted a first of its kind leadership development event in Tanzania. This began as a concept exploration in 2011, was advanced by Mary Prefontaine (ICAN’s former CEO) and Marty Malley (DLM faculty), and culminated in a 2-day event led by Dawn Gelderloos (DLM faculty) and myself.
The participants included 31 Tanzanian leaders from the Northern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) and 5 Americans. The event featured the first large group use of the Emergenetics Profile in East Africa. Shrinking Borders LLC, Real Life Works, Emergenetics International and ELCT Northern Diocese jointly sponsored the event.
Leaders in the church in Tanzania face very difficult challenges, working in one of the poorest countries on the planet, while operating major social services (schools, hospitals, orphanages, as well as parishes). The American participants learned much from their Tanzanian counterparts.
One of the participants, the headmistress of a secondary school for many years, said: “I can’t wait to let you know how much I am transformed by the seminar. Now I know myself better . . . Now I know why I do things the way I do them; why I take a lot of time trying to explain things to others and why I talk much. I am a new creation now.”
ICAN is proud to have its faculty members sharing the ICAN approach to leadership development in East Africa.