Democracy and Leadership

Theoretical Background

The “Democracy and Leadership: A Way of Life” course introduces highly motivated individuals to the fundamental principles of Democracy and Leadership as a core competence for good leadership in African communities. Designed for an audience of diverse professional fields, the course participants will gain essential tools to develop their own leadership styles and map out executable frameworks that can help their local communities or organisations thrive.

Picture Reference: In June/July 2011, for example, we collaborated with an international organisation to administer a 5-day training workshop on strategic leadership modelling in Nairobi, Kenya. Sixty refugee university scholars from a number of African states including Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Sudan, etc., resident in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, attended the workshop led by Professor Odd Ragnar Hunnes (pictured in background of photo), Assistant Professor Bjorn Gunnar Tafjord — both of Volda University College, Norway, and Elton Owusu. In essence, this course is available to refugee scholars, the underprivileged, and the like, absolutely at no cost.

Course Lecturers: Professor Odd Ragnar Hunnes (Volda University College, Norway) and Michael Flowers CEng

Course Language: English

The core topics featured include:

  • So what is Democracy about?
  • Human Dignity – the Core Value of Democracy
  • Is Democracy a Western Concept?
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Paradigms of Leadership
  • Developing Leadership Core Schemes
  • Linking Democracy and Leadership
  • Project Management


Course Materials:

The prescribed course textbook Leadership and Democracy: a way of life by Odd Ragnar Hunnes and Michael Flowers. Additional resources that will further enhance students’ grasp of the course will be made available via course webpage; Internet access to relevant publications (case studies, etc.) and additional reading lists (optional).

The core components of the course are designed for an audience of undergraduate standing and highly motivated individuals of diverse backgrounds. Senior Executives, Managers and Leaders at all levels benefit from this one semester course. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the subject material.

Lectures (50%) and Seminars/Workshops/Coursework (50%).

The Democracy (30 hours) component [delivered by Professor Odd Ragnar Hunnes] and the Leadership (30 hours) component [presented by Michael Flowers] are offered via the instructor-facilitated Flowers Online Learning portal. There will be two workshops known as physical assemblies including one Guest Lecturing. Course participants will spend 30 hours on the project work component.

The course is designed to:

  • Help course participants to better understand and harness the core values of democracy and good leadership in one’s community.
  • Highlight the meaning of human dignity in relation to human rights and respect for human security as a foundation for a healthy community – and leadership within.
  • Widen the leadership horizon of Africans to enable them to help their communities, societies and nations to develop positively with respect to people’s living conditions.
  • Help African refugees, former refugees, victims of war, underprivileged, those with access to education, etc., to strive for transformation into good leaders in Africa.
  • Clarify existing Leadership paradigms and to help individuals to tap into their inner resources and the resources in their communities.
  • Motivate course participants to apply the core competences for societal development.

Course Materials:

Course resources will be further enriched through hands-on simulations, role-plays, case studies, guest lecturing, active participatory learning, and pre-reading materials available via dedicated forum-oriented course website as well as in print edition.

Course Length: One Semester (4.5 Months)

Total Hours: 90 academic hours

Award: Candidates must achieve the minimum Pass Mark of 70% to be awarded the Diploma in Leadership and Democracy.


The assessment will comprise a combination of continuous assessments and final assessment of the group/individual project work report (1500 – 2000 words).

Start Date: TBA

Presentation: 5 days

Course Venue: Online and In-Class (2 Physical Assemblies)

Registration: TBA

Tuition and Assessment Fees: TBA

Physical Assembly No. 1: 3 days (09:00 – 17:00)

Physical Assembly No. 2: 2 days (09:00 – 17:00)

Workshop Venue:

Country TBA (Attendance is compulsory)

Class size is limited.

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