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By Michael Mubangizi

Deans and heads of various administrative and academic units of Uganda Christian University held a successful leadership and management-training workshop aimed at improving work productivity in the University. The workshop took place on Thursday June 22, 2017 at Esella Country Hotel in Najjera under the theme, Effective leadership at Uganda Christian University.

Speaking during the workshop, UCU Vice Chancellor Rev. Canon. Dr. John Senyonyi emphasized the importance of exemplary leadership in driving the University towards the attainment of her goals and aspirations.

He also revealed that the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda had accepted UCU’s request for the creation of a UCU Sunday. This is meant to be an annual day dedicated towards praying for UCU, inform the entire Church of Uganda about UCU and raise funds through a collection specific to UCU.

“The UCU Sunday will be taking place every last Sunday of the September which this year follows on September 24th, 2017,” he said.

Using an acronym of 3 Cs, Dr. Senyonyi said that UCU needs leaders and staff who are competent, caring and are of a noble character.

The retreat started with a devotion and exposition led by Bishop Joel Obetia who emphasized the importance of humility, teamwork, and stewardship as key essentials to success in leadership.

Retreat topics

Other presentations were on Effective People Management for non-Human Resource Managers, group discussions and presentations on hindrances to effective leadership at UCU and customer service strategy and team building activities.
A heavily summarized UCU Business Plan showing the strategic business direction of the university was also presented.

The Manager, Human Resource and Administration Ms. Florence Nakiyingi implored faculty and departmental heads to take note of the contract expiry dates of staff under their supervision and initiate review processes earlier. She also emphasized need for setting periodic performance objectives for staff and departments, documentation of performance discussions and adherence to rules and procedures relating to leave. She also briefed participants on rules of procedure for tribunals and dealing with disciplinary matters.

By the end of the retreat, it was clear that it had served its purpose with members yearning for more like the proverbial Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

Memorable quotes from the retreat discussions

  • It is not the strongest of species that survive nor the most intelligent but the one most responsive to change
  • It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself
  • Our attitude is not automatically good just because we are Christians
  • Clients do not come first, employees come first
  • Our attitude is the only difference between our success and failure
  • All is well that ends well
  • Great leaders emerge when crises occur
  • Our attitude can turn problems into blessings

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