Daliwa Joseph Bainamndi

2017 Fellowship Alumnus, Cameroon

Course Reflection on “Resilient Leadership: Overcoming Setbacks and Helping Your Team Thrive”

Last month, I completed the “Resilient Leadership: Overcoming Setbacks and Helping Your Team Thrive” course, and I can say it is very enthralling!

First, the video series and explanations that Kelly Crace, Professor at the College of William and Mary, shares on resilient leadership in a relentless world are so amazing that I even downloaded them to always watch offline.  It is mind-blowing when you take the course and follow all of the steps shared by him to help you understand the values shaping your leadership.  Professor Crace also has an intimate knowledge of the challenges faced by young African leaders, and it shines through in his advice.  It will help you to identify strategies for managing difficult emotions and circumstances like this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, this course helped me to identify and understand my real values to work smoothly and assuredly with my colleagues when leading projects and the activities of my NGO.  Those values will shape your identity and inner character and are very important points for your personality and leadership.  You will also learn to more easily cope with stress and improve your emotional management.

A man waters a hydroponic farm, surrounded by a group of smiling people
Daliwa Joseph waters a hydroponic farm in Cameroon.

Lastly, I now have a better understanding of my leadership style and the way I should infuse my values in my work to reach a higher level of satisfaction and to continue impacting my community and country.  I advise all Fellowship Alumni, and especially 2021 Selected Candidates, to take this course.  It will help to shape your personality and provide knowledge and experience for your journey as leaders.  In particular, make sure to watch the video “Resilience in Action: Insights from Leaders,” to hear insightful experience from leaders in various sectors.

After completing this course, I hope that you feel more psychologically prepared and ready to face any challenge like the COVID-19 threat with your organization, company, and family.  Work through the Resilient Leadership course at your own pace, but trust me, it’s worth completing. Earn that certificate!

Written by Daliwa Joseph Bainamndi, 2017 Fellowship Alumnus from Cameroon, 2019 Reciprocal Exchange Alumni Collaborator, and 2020 Leveraging Innovations in New Communities (LINC) Grantee. Edited by Chris McKeown and Meredith Lopez.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX.  The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Government.

Fellowship Alumni and selected candidates for 2021 who are interested in learning more about this topic are encouraged to take the Resilient Leadership course through the Fellowship Portal.  Learn more about the course.