20 September 2015 @ 12:00 GMT

The Masterclass provides a snapshot of the EMBA units taught in the postgraduate programme at Lancaster University Ghana (LUG). By way of informative and interactive sessions, the workshops aim to clarify and delineate the role of emotional intelligence in leadership.

The workshop held on our campus in East Legon was well attended by LUG staff and EMBA students. The event presented executives with an opportunity to network with their peers, build corporate engagement, and gain valuable insight and analysis into the latest research on leadership skills and practices.

Mr. Hans Djaba (Finance Manager, Tullow Oil PLC) and Mr. Peter Osei-Duah (Executive Director,  - Allstar Insurance Brokers Ltd.) were the keynote speakers for this master class.
 
Mr. Hans Djaba spoke about leadership from the Oil and Gas Industry perspective. He advised “… as leaders of anything, we must remember that we are decision makers; therefore we must always look at the wider scope of work in which we are involved”. He said that there is a fine line between management and leadership and the two should not be confused.
 
Mr. Peter Osei-Duah, on the other hand, tackled emotional intelligence and its importance in the role of leadership. “To lead, we must be able to lead ourselves first, observe the emotions of our followers and lead accordingly”, he said. He also mentioned that in a leadership position, we should expect and anticipate change and change management and not forget that we are working with people who have emotions. He added that a large part of his success was down to being emotionally intelligent and without that, he would not have been able to lead successfully. 
 
The university plans to organise more workshops in the near future to enable its EMBA students to tap into practical knowledge from local personalities who have made strides in their respective fields, ; understand management in a Ghanaian context; and also to build and maintain LUG’s corporate relations.