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MMUSO Leaders Undergo Intensive Induction Training to Foster Transformative Leadership in the University

This training, which was organized by the office of the Dean of students is aimed at equipping the MMUSO leadership with knowledge of the University policy documents, transformative leadership, etiquette, protocol, and diplomacy in leadership among other critical topics from different facilitators in the training workshop.

image 2022 07 14T063220.317Prof. Solomon Shibairo addressing student leaders during the induction workshop in Kisumu.

Speaking at the workshop, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo congratulated the MMUSO leadership and challenged them to practice positive leadership which is key to transforming comrades’ life while at the University. Prof. Shibairo urged the leaders to work closely with the University management in ensuring that they build the right culture among MMUST students.

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“Culture is the personality that will define MMUST. How we carry ourselves as staff and students of this great institution has a considerable influence on our culture. You can define your culture but may not sustain it if you do not make the right decisions as leaders,” said Prof. Shibairo.

Further, the VC urged the leaders to incalcate a culture of peace during this electioneering period. He assured the student leadership that the University management will continue working tirelessly in ensuring the safety of students within and outside the University. As a step towards actualizing this, the Vice-Chancellor cited the ongoing construction of the Kefinco police post and erection of light masts in Koromatangi, Tea zone, and Sichirai areas of Kakamega, where most students reside.

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The MMUSO President, Mr. Samwel Motari addressing fellow leaders during the induction workshop in Kisumu

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor,Planning, Research and Innovation, Prof. Charles Mutai took the MMUSO leadership through the University Policy documents and why it is important for them to understand it. Prof. Mutai stressed that policies are crucial documents that are used to guide institutional decision-making. “Policies provide guidance, consistency, accountability, efficiency, and clarity on how an organization operates. They provide managers and leaders from different sections of the organization with guidelines and principles to follow on a daily basis,” stated Prof. Mutai.

image 2022 07 14T063229.717A section of student leaders following presentations during the MMUSO leaders induction workshop in Kisumu

Other topics that were covered during day one of the workshop were: 'Transformative leadership' by Dr. Beatrice Shikuku, 'Etiquette, Protocol and Diplomacy in leadership' by Dr. Eglay Tsuma, 'Financial Processes Management, and Budgeting' by CPA Jared Rading, 'Spirituality and Leadership' by Fr. Dr. Kizito Muchanga as well as 'Team Building, and Team Management' by Prof. Peter Bukhala.

This new era requires that leaders are well equipped with leadership skills in order to improve their capabilities, inspire their teams and achieve outstanding results. This makes such training vital in ensuring that our learning institution heads in the right direction. Successful leaders are able to transform organizations, enhance value creation, create efficiencies and engage their peers to deliver better results. Leadership skills training and induction typically encourage leaders to find new, innovative ways of developing and managing people and tackle broader societal issues

 By Wilberforce Shiundu

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