Mkapa made the remarks when speaking to the 16 candidates of the CEO Apprenticeship Programme (CAP), an initiative being driven by the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt) and in partnership with Strathmore University Business School (SBS).
CAP is an initiative designed to train talented Tanzanians through mentorship and coaching sessions and prepare them to become future CEOs.
The former Tanzanian leader, who was the president of Tanzania from 1995 to 2005, said the future CEOs must have integrity of purpose and conduct.
He also urged the upcoming CEOs to demonstrate three key leadership aspects in order to strive for excellence in their purpose and goals as leaders.
“My mentor was Mwalimu Nyerere, He selected me from civil service and coached me into politics by making me Editor of the party’s newspaper, and then promoted me as a press secretary then ambassador and later foreign minister,” he said.
Former President also shared with the candidates about his leadership journey including the sometimes tough decisions he had to make for himself, his family and the nation at large.
“In leadership, it is imperative to identify the right people to work with and make sure you know them thoroughly. Also learn to acknowledge those who have served in leadership and seek to understand the qualities that have made them stand out.
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