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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 6, 2010

What kind of leader do you want to be?


In my earlier post I wrote about open innovation. Today, I would like to focus on leadership, change and culture.

No matter who we are or what we do, we are all leaders in some way. However, what kind of leader are you – A Transactional or transformational leader?

A transactional leader is content with his/her current situation and has a short-term vision and perceives little need for change.

A transformational leader on the other hand is a “tidal wave”. He/she is very open to change and a change-maker!

iHub is an open place for the tech community where we encourage:

  • Open innovation
  • Laterally thinking
  • Thinking out of the box
  • Passion
  • Energy
  • Commitment
  • Team work

A transformational leader has all these traits, processes and cognitive abilities. Such as leader is able to mobilize commitment and institutionalize change in all that they do.

So the next time you visit iHub, think of the change you want to make and become a transformational leader!

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • Oliver at 04:57:33AM Friday, April 9, 2010

    Great post Jessica. I am always amazed when I go to an offices and at the lobby/ reception area they have this big frame shouting their mission statement with some ‘lovely’ words, but the service accorded to you and the Vibe you get are just the opposite. Those ‘lovely’ words mean nothing tho the people that work there.

    As you develop the iHub culture, everybody should be held to high standards and deviations from the culture should not be tolerated, it is about behavior not talk. The behavior of the people at ihub should just speak volumes to anyone visiting there for the first time and not just some swanky mission statement hang on a wall.

    What do the rest of you think on how a culture of over achievement and innovation is cultivated?

  • nursing schools at 05:57:48AM Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!


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