Impact Of Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) On Leadership Effectiveness In Kenya
Development of Knowledge, skills and competencies lead to improved performance, goal achievement, increased learning and personal satisfaction. Enhancing leadership capability is central to improved investment, productivity, delivery and quality in the public and private sectors. Businesses are increasingly becoming among the most influential institutions worldwide, and increasing globalization affords them an opportunity to shape a better world. This study sought to determine the impact of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program - IFP on the leadership effectiveness in Kenya. This research used Descriptive Survey research design that involved Ford Foundation — IFP alumni. The target population was Ford Foundation IFP Alumni members. The respondents were all Alumni who are back in Kenya after completion of their studies. The study used a Census and utilized a questionnaire to collect primary data which was analyzed descriptively using the distribution, central tendency and dispersion. The study found that Ford Foundation IFP beneficiaries had respect, compassion and valued individual differences, strived to inspire and motivate those they led, developed and empowered others to become leaders, were confident to lead change and inspired others towards achieving organization's vision. They created compelling visions, involved others in translating those visions into meaningful and achievable work and understood their internal and external work environments. This study recommends that Institutions should consider putting the Ford Foundation IFP beneficiaries in the top level management of their organizations due to their effective leadership skills. This study also recommends that Ford Foundation IFP beneficiaries should be placed in team leadership positions because they possess qualities that would lead teams effectively.