Leadership is ‘love affair’, Malawi’s Joyce Banda tells US university student leaders

Malawi’s former president Joyce Banda, the founder of Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI), says she believes in ‘Servant Leadership’ where leaders listen to the people and adequately address their aspirations.

Joyce Banda addressing the university  student leaders in United States

Joyce Banda addressing the university student leaders in United States

The US university students leaders listening to Joyce Banda

The US university students leaders listening to Joyce Banda

JB with the US university  student leaders

JB with the US university student leaders

JB having a chat with one of the students

JB having a chat with one of the students

Bandasaid this on Saturday, October 17, 2015, when she addressed university student leaders from across the United States of America who have been gathering in Washington DC under the umbrella of the National Student Leadership Forum (NSLF).

“Gone are the days when leaders could oppress the people. If they attempt to do it; if they are locked up in the past, they are learning the hard way because the people show them the exit door; leaders are emerging even from the marketplace place; people are choosing leaders from amongst themselves,” said Banda.

This year’s events began on Friday, October 16 and ends on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

The NSLF is a three-day annual event that brings together a diverse group of university leaders from across the country. The NSLF program is intentionally relational. Students interact with fellow students, recent college graduates, young professionals and established adults from the political, business and social service sectors of society.

Though the specifics of the forum shift slightly from year to year, core activities include keynote speeches by various political leaders, small group breakout sessions after larger meetings, panel discussions and more.

According to a statement issued by Banda’s media assistant, Tusekele Mwanyongo, Banda addressed about 350 university student leaders at the Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC.

“Among the student leaders, was a Malawian studying in the US, Wongani Mtika,” reads the statement made available to Nyasa Times on Sunday, October 18, 2015.

It says Banda’s address centered on the subject of ‘Servant Leadership.’ She shared her life lessons that she said prepared her ahead of becoming a ‘Servant Leader’.

“I am here to share with you the lessons that I learnt on the journey before I became a politician and Head of State.

“Leaders fall in love with the people they serve and the people fall in love with their leader. That kind of leadership with the masses endures all,” she said.

The former Head of State advised the student leaders to ensure that they must draw up a ‘mission statement’, saying she had one when she was 31 years old. Banda said that choices the youth make in life today push them either forward or backward.

“My mission in life is to assist the women and youth gain social and political empowerment through entrepreneurship and education,” she said, adding that some of initiatives she has championed, based on her mission statement, have been “life-changing.”

Banda cited her setting up of the National Business Women Association of Malawi (NABW) in 1989, a grass-root organization that distributes soft loans to small and medium scale business women, as having been “phenomenal” in economically empowering grassroots women.

The former president later answered a number of questions from the students on various leadership issues, including what challenges she faced as Head of State in a patriarchal set up. She said while challenges will always be there, she enjoyed a lot of support from Malawians, particularly men, which made her life easier as a leader.

She attributed this to her ‘inclusive’ approach to leadership where took everyone on board “regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or religion”.

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Joni Phiri
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Koyamba Ine Kumva Mboni Ikukana Boma Lichitepo Kanthu Ife Zikutiwawa Tiotcha Jb Foundation

Patson
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Don’t touch jb hands off

Asambizi
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I love this lady

bwanankubwa
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just come back yaya ‘east west home is best” mpaka kumangosewera ndi ana a azungu chonchi? Should we say malawian children are uglier than those of the white? Sometime problems are solved when one surrenders herself. Anzanutu munawalowetsa mndende aja anatulukako.

Backilie "Nsalu ya Makatani" Buluzi
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Come back and explain the cashgate. We wonder why you have abandoned your country. Opusa ndamene amakulandirawo.

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His Excellency the Life President Wolemekezeka Mkango Lion Chivomorezi Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza

Joyce Banda will you marry me please

Manuel
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Mayi uyu angolandidwa passport ya president basi, amupatse ya wamba, angationongere nayo zambiri. Akanakhala civilized adakangobweza yekha koma chimidzimidzi chake chimenechi ofunika kulanda ndi ndodo m’manja. A immigration mukutani?

Aubrey Zambika
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emmanuel
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This is how wicked this western pale people are. They are so wicked that even when the devil listen to them. They will give him wings to fly, to make in an angel. One now wonders is she candidate for USA presidency?
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ADE
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DON’T HATE HER, YOU WANTED A PROFESSOR AND YOU HAVE ONE WHO IS NOT ONLY TOOTHLESS BUT BRAINLESS AS WELL. CASHGATE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH JB, THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN CASHGATE WERE ARRESTED WHEN JB WAS IN POWER AND SHE DID NOT PROTECT THEM.

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