We are committed to placing informed and passionate leaders in every sphere of society to proffer real solutions to problems in our fast-changing world.
The Oak Seed Executive Leadership Course (OSELC) in combination with the History Makers Training is a seven-module course with 39 lectures designed to equip participants for transformational leadership. This is a Graduate Level Course and requires critical thinking and analytical skills. The History Makers Training 1 (HMT-1) focuses on developing the personal discipline and character traits necessary for becoming ultimately, the transformational leader of impact in the seven spheres of the society - Politics & Governance, Education, Business & Economy, Media & Communication, Family (including social services), Religion, Celebration (Arts & Culture, Sports & Entertainment).
Participants will be made to take the following responsibilities:
Participate actively in class discussions and dialogue
Read required texts
Watch documentaries and movies
Conduct many case studies
Package personal and group projects for actual involvement in societal transformation.
Our Course Objectives
Learn the skills and behaviour needed to function effectively as transformational leaders in the spheres of influence.
Examine history and the different operating leadership paradigms and their consequences in nation building.
Explore different models of nation building principles and from that, propose what Africa can do to develop in this season.
Develop and execute transformational projects for personal and collective expression of knowledge gained as way forward for actual involvement in societal transformation.
The content is grouped into seven modules and there are six lecture topics under each of the first five modules offered online with a first-class Virtual Learning Environment.
The History Makers Training 1 (HMT-1) is the sixth module, which runs as a residential three-day intensive learning adventure that focuses on developing the personal discipline and character traits necessary to become a transformational leader of impact. The concluding seventh module is the online project presentation module.
The academic content is specifically designed to challenge participants to think about the major challenges African nations face and the potential solutions within their spheres of influence.
How We Facilitate
The facilitation is highly interactive and is designed to stimulate new and innovative ways of thinking to enable participants make result-oriented decisions. Movies and documentaries are used to enhance the learning experience.
Each participant is helped to develop a project that captures their individual and collective experience and direct application of knowledge gained towards their life aspirations, leading to actual involvement in societal transformation at various levels.
The Oak Seed Executive Leadership Course offers participants the opportunity to be inspired, to learn and to develop networks which will form a springboard for a productive transformational vocation in formal and informal forums.
Our leaders will be trained in integrity leadership and quality management principles covering the following thematic areas each encapsulating six lectures and a movie/documentary:
• Understanding History – Making A Case for Paradigm Shift
• Creating an Enabling Environment
• Maturing into Transformational Leadership
• Developing Soft Skills
• Infrastructural Systems - Establishing a Culture of Discipline
The Oak Seed Executive Leadership Course runs third weekend (Saturday & Sunday) once a month online for five months (from 9:00 am -5:00 pm GMT+1 on Saturdays and 12:00 noon - 8:00 pm on Sundays). The sixth month is a three-day residential History Makers Training 1 (HMT-1) module. The course concludes with online project presentation in the seventh month.
Participants will be required to attend all the online lectures during the two full weekend days of teaching blocks every month. In extreme cases where participants might not be able to participate in a class (with approved advance notice - only permitted once), recorded sessions may be made available.
Attendance of the residential History Makers training module is compulsory. Date and venue of the training will be communicated to participants in advance.
Who We Encourage to take OSELC
Anyone with graduate-level education from a tertiary institution of learning can take The Oak Seed Executive Leadership Course. More especially, mid-level to senior management leaders from the private, public and non-governmental sectors who have passion for the transformation of their institutions and communities will benefit from attendance of this course.
Learning Assessment & Graduation
Each session will be assessed through a combination of objective (multiple choice) and written assignments. Participants will write and execute transformational projects in their spheres of influence before the end of the Course. These projects are for direct application of knowledge gained.
Attendance, including student forum participation and completion of assignments and projects, count toward graduation assessment. Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Certificate of Graduation by the Institute.
2022 Course Schedule
Below is the schedule of classes for 2022.
Module 1 (online)
29 & 30 January
9:00am - 5:00pm GMT+1 on Saturdays
12:00 noon - 8:00pm GMT+1 on Sundays
Module 2 (online)
19 & 20 February
Module 3 (online)
19 & 20 March
Module 4 (online)
23 & 24 April
Module 5 (online)
21 & 22 May
History Makers Training (Residential in Lagos, Nigeria)
15 - 18 September
Arrival 8:00am GMT+1 on Thursday
Departure 8:00am GMT+1 on Sunday
OSELC academic content is grouped into six modules with first five encapsulating six lecture topics, group discussions and a movie/documentary screening session. Below is the outline of the themes covered under each module with lecture topics enclosed.
Module 1 – UNDERSTANDING HISTORY - MAKING A CASE FOR PARADIGM SHIFT
Lecture 1: Course Orientation: Introduction to INT Lecture 2: Fifty Years of African Independence - An Odyssey Lecture 3: The Crisis of Leadership in Africa - Observations of Lee Kuan Yew Lecture 4: Dreams from Nations’ Founding Fathers Lecture 5: The Hunter and Farmer Leadership Paradigms and their Implications Lecture 6: Global Trends
Module 2 – CREATING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT
Lecture 7: God’s Quality Management System Lecture 8: The Good to Great Framework for National Development Lecture 9: The Rule of Law Lecture 10: The Singapore Story: The Role of Quality Management Standards Lecture 11: The National Development Plan - Nigeria Lecture 12: Packaging of Burdens as Vehicles for National Transformation
Module 3 – MATURING INTO A TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADER
Lecture 13: Transformational versus Transactional Leaders Lecture 14: Leadership Positioning: Understanding the Funnel of Success Lecture 15: The Hedgehog Concept: Understanding in National Development Lecture 16: The Family and Community Development Lecture 17: The Laws of Mentorship Lecture 18: Value Systems, Integrity, Work Ethic and Dignity of Labour
Module 4 - DEVELOPING SOFT SKILLS
Lecture 19: Leadership Personalities and People Skills Lecture 20: Delegation and People Involvement Lecture 21: Conflict Management Lecture 22: Facing Brutal Facts and the Stockdale Paradox Lecture 23: Lobbying and Advocacy Lecture 24: Communication and Media
Module 5 – INFRASTRUCTURAL SYSTEMS
Lecture 25: Education and Human Resource Development Lecture 26: Innovation, Research and Development Lecture 27: Quality Financial Systems Lecture 28: Physical Infrastructure Lecture 29: The Elite and National Development Lecture 30: Course Wrap up
Module 6 – History Makers Training
HISTORY MAKERS TRAINING 1 (HMT-1)
Improved personal discipline
Improved ability to focus
Increased personal effectiveness
Enhanced love for hard work
Taking initiative and responsibility
Master oneself for maximum impact
A three-day, fully residential training - To ensure full concentration and participation for optimum results. Once checked in, no leaving the venue until the end of training. Participants undergo intense self-introspection using the lectures, assignments, book summaries, movie reviews, and extensive questionnaires as mirrors.
Personal laptop and internet access
Comfortable clothing for long working hours
Course Fees: N400,000 or $1,000.
Fees cover the following:
Tuition for all online and onsite teaching content
Electronic copies of required textbooks and course materials
Lodging, feeding and tea breaks for 3-day residential HMT training
This Course Fees do not include
Personal cost of transportation to training venue for physical HMT session
Physical copies of required textbooks