What is needed to prepare the next generation for leadership in the marketplace?

Simon starts by explaining the three skills that every leader of the future needs to have. Skill number one is something called ‘’sensemaking’. “How do I make sense of where I am and how do I look at complexity, ambiguity and the uncertain times that we live in? How do I look at that and make sense of it and describe it in a way that people can put their arms around it and actually do something with it?” says Simon.

The second skill is the ‘design mindset.’ When you look at the smartphone and all the devices surrounding us, it’s important to realise that all those things have been designed. “Everything around us is creatively designed and we need to embrace that mindset,” says Simon

The most important skill, however, is the skill of ‘discernment.’ How do I pay attention to the times and know how I can lead as best I can, wherever I am.

Is competency alone sufficient for next-generation leadership?

Competence is a step in the right direction, and Simon believes that it’s imperative that we look at all competencies, but we also need to look at the intelligence that a person brings to the table. “There has been a lot of research done that says there are 11 different types of intelligence that individuals have. So, if you can couple the competencies with the intelligence, I think a lot of leaders will have long-term success,” says Simon.

How important are morals and ethics in the development of next-generation leaders?

Moral discernment is imperative and very important in next-generation leaders because it speaks to your character. Simon continues by saying that “it speaks to your ability to be a person that comes from a good ethos. It’s doing the right thing not because you have to but because you want to.” When no one is looking, what will you do? Will you do the right thing?

What are some potential contributions that could come from this Summit?

“The significance of this gathering and this moment in time is that it will shape the next 25 – 50 years of Africa in three ways,” Simon explains.

Firstly, it will start with leadership.

Secondly, it will look at the young people. “We are going to set up the generations to come for future success,” Simon explains.

Lastly, it will have the foundation of the Spirit of God, which is the glue that holds it all together.

Is the transformation for Africa a potential reality?

Simon believes that the transformation of Africa is indeed something that can happen and will happen.  “We are coming together collectively from all over the planet, to make a difference on this continent,” Simon says.

What is required for Africa to move from disharmony to harmony?

Simon explains that there are three ways that we can move to a state of harmony instead of disharmony. “Let’s start with what would happen if we ask ourselves, ‘what can I do to make you more successful?’ How can we help to reach the least, the last and the lost?” says Simon.

Secondly, how do we begin to hold ourselves accountable to make sure we are doing what we promised each other we are going to do?

Lastly, how do we look at the lessons learned from operating in harmony and use those lessons to teach future generations?

What is your vision for next-generation leaders?

Simon concludes by saying that God has put a word in his heart for next-generation leaders that “as stout as they are in the word of God, they must also be stout in business and understand the times that we are in. They need to understand how to stay relevant by leveraging technology to reach those 24/7, every day, every way and everywhere,” Simon says.