Testimonials

We are proud to share that at the People in Aid HR Conference in Nairobi in June, our “Humanitarians Leading at the Speed of Trust®” was voted the best master class. Meet our facilitator Mubanga here.

Emanuel

…absolutely amazing… extremely intense…

Gabriella

…You have
a fantastic team…

Veit

…Empowered, enlightened and highly inspired.

Leadership for Humanitarians made me see how fostering trust can achieve practical results. I’ve used the principles of Leadership for Humanitarians to make the strategic planning way more effective – without it we’d still be operating in silos… I feel like we’re on the cusp of really changing things in the organization. – Kelly David, Chief, Strategic Planning, Evaluation and Guidance Section, UNOCHA

The humanitarian leadership programme has equipped me with the insights and tools to realise the limitless possibilities of our individual and collective contribution to humanitarian work. – Lucy Dickinson, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, UNOCHA Kenya

Without the skills to lead ourselves, lead our teams, and build partnerships built on trust, transparency, and capitalizing the respective strengths of all those who contribute in a humanitarian response, we cannot expect to lead, and hence to serve, the people who need us. It is our obligation as humanitarians to be good leaders, and to provide quality, human, just, and collaborative leadership. Without such leadership skills, it’s foolish, if not arrogant, to think we can succeed. – Kimberly Roberson, Chief of FICSS, UNHCR

One of the best workshops I have ever attended. Very inspiring and challenging to review my personal mindset and at the same time providing practical tools to master leadership skills to make meaningful change at work (and personal life). – Peter Kozelets, Protection Officer, Dadaab

In the training what I learned or what really helped me was the understanding about leadership that we got, the fine tuning of skills of a leader, how to get the best out of colleagues and people, the main pillars on which a leadership is built and that a leader’s best is the humbleness. To make a team, a winning team, rather for me not a winning but the BEST team. I have and am applying this, getting tremendous results and have boldly indulged into unchartered waters and people have and are responding to me, creating a very conducive atmosphere for growth and delivery. Thanks to that leadership training. – Faiz Mohammed, Chief Coordinator, Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

I can no longer see or do things the same way I saw or did them before I started this course and this includes first and foremost myself. I am now equipped to embark on a journey of greatness , a journey full of new values, new principles, new attitudes that will lead to great results, where we will truly make a difference in the lives of those in need including ourselves and those we love. Let us take the 7 Habits of a great leader and present them as the new code of behavior of (…) which will so nicely complement the Code of Conduct. I am inspired. – Isabel Marquez, UNHCR Represenative Mozambique

The workshop has equipped me with better working skills that would enable me unleash the talents from my colleagues, partners, to perform better, strengthen partnerships and synergies, define the cluster roles and coordinator’s roles more effectively and plough a sense of ownership of the cluster among all the stakeholders. It was a fantastic training because it provided us with knowledge that was simple enough to be quickly learnt and it can be applied in our lives as a whole, both privately and professionally. – Ann Mayman, UNHCR Representative Mauritania

Since 2000, participated, organized or facilitated some 40 international workshops. This is among the top 3 workshops I attended and will have a concrete impact on how I lead my team, how I implement my programme, how I develop my organization. The training reconnected me with my passion and belief in what we are doing and why we are doing it. It teaches you to focus at the end goal instead of getting bogged down by bureaucratic hindrances, uncooperative attitudes and political roadblocks. There is a third alternative. Being in South Africa, hearing the testimonies of people that helped bring down apartheid was inspirational. If we want, we CAN move an elephant. We just need to know what we want and whom to have on the team to make it happen. – Gabrielle Waaijma, Kenya Deputy Head of the Regional Office for Eastern Africa at UNOCHA

How do I feel about this course? That’s quite easy to answer: empowered, enlightened and highly inspired! In an ideal world, every single manager and leader, no matter whether working in the corporate or the humanitarian world, shall attend this course at least once! – Veit Vogel, Country Manager NRC, Cote d’Ivoire

This was truly one of the most useful and relevant experience I have had during my career in UNHCR. It provided us with an opportunity to reflect on our attitudes, professional behavior and focus on our weaknesses and strengths. It serves as checks and balance and proved to be a helpful tool of self‐learning. – Hamdi Bukhari, UNHCR Representative Mexico

I was blessed and honored to participate in the pilot of Leadership for Humanitarian in Dar Es Salaam, and it was truly one of the most outstanding, transformative and positive learning experiences I’ve had, providing me with a set of tools, principles, and approaches that have been invaluable in my personal and professional life. I give the Leadership for Humanitarians course my very highest recommendation. If you want it to it will change your life. – Christopher Laughlin, Protection Cluster Coordinator – KP/FATA, Pakistan

This workshop was a rare opportunity for each of us to reflect on the fundamental motives of our engagement in the humanitarian cause. It challenged us at the root of our work, encouraging us not to accept what anyone would think is already quite an achievement, but go for the best, reach the very top by tapping into those resources we often forget to consider although they stand right next to us: the energy, the talent and skills of those with whom we work every day and share the same purpose: our colleagues and members of these teams we have the responsibility to lead, often in difficult and complex operations. Start believing in each of them, extend your trust, have the courage to share with them your dreams and wildest ideas, unite them around a purpose, align your resources and priorities accordingly and make each of them a full owner of their part of the process. Then, extend this same approach to the people at the centre of your operations and interventions: the refugees or the displaced persons, boys and girls dreaming of a bright future… and be a key part of the fulfillment of their own dreams… Thank you to the organizers of this workshop which opened for me a door to a promising land of change, improvement and self-development. – Emmanuel Gignac, Chief of Mission, UNHCR Libya

More testimonials can be found under each of the programme descriptions.

Workshop

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

January 24 – 26, 2018, 9:00 – 18:00 – London, GBP 1200

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