The quality of leadership within an organisation is crucial if it is to help meet the expectations of its stakeholders – at loveLife these being young people, funders (current and potential) strategic partners and of course, the team who make the work possible at ground level.

Thus, the loveLife Management Team Workshops are a platform for growth as these are a space for open discussion about what was previously planned, what worked and what did not take off as well as to reconfigure the strategy, especially since loveLife operates in an ever-changing sector. We’ve become good at delivering programmes that serve young people (whose tastes and preferences change almost all the time).

Developing the next generation of effective leaders (and a strong team all-round) is perhaps the most important undertaking of a forward-thinking organisation such as loveLife.

The 2018 Management Team comprised of wide-ranging conversations: a review of the strategy and our progress towards meeting the organization’s strategic objectives; new programme offerings including those that are loveLife-owned and can be offered to various funders, on top of all the other programmes we are renowned for offering. The Boy-child Campaign was discussed at length as the new kid on the block, with the special focus to balance out the conversation, development strategies and efforts toward the empowerment of the boy child.

Another major benefit of this annual meeting between managers is the organisational connection it fosters. As a national organisation with multiple loveLife Y-Centres, community Hubs and provincial managers coordinating all this workflow, there needs to a synergy to the strategy development to ensure we all sing from the same hymn sheet.

Top executive involvement in strategy is essential to our growth. In our quest to develop leaders, we need to involve leaders more.

“Communication around the organisation is crucial, there should be more interfacing between the team and the board,” Moss Mashishi, the loveLife Trust Board Chairman, noted in his speech. “The context in which we do our work is very challenging; if you look at the moral fibre of our society, those factors add to the complexity of our work; the amount of teenage pregnancies we see is overwhelming, and that’s where the work is, the opportunity to roll our sleeves up and get to work.”

Through the management training, we create value for internal and external stakeholders. Top organisations develop leaders who have the desired competencies to deliver on their strategy and the competencies to ensure that we continue Powering the Future.