At YELEAP we believe that any success one has in life must begin with a vision. A vision is the ability to see what others cannot see. It is being able to have a picture in your mind of exactly the result you intend to produce. The visionary entrepreneur is able to see exactly what his organisation is going to look like in every detail when it is finished. The entrepreneurial vision is not about creating new products or services. It is all about creating a better way of doing something that enriches people's lives. Your vision should give you a clear and focused intention of exactly what you want for your life and for your business or society. When you have a clear and focused vision you can take any ordinary business or society and make it perform in an extraordinary way. When you do this any business or society you build will achieve extraordinary results. .
The establishment of YELEAP was based on the following beliefs : .
• We believe in addressing the Underlying Causes of Problems: i.e. Treat root causes, not symptoms, to create lasting positive change.
• We believe in the Power of One: i.e. Individuals catalyse the actions of large groups and transform societies.
• We believe in the Power of Youth: i.e. Young people can dream big, take action, and change the world.
• We believe in the Need for Pan-African Cooperation: i.e. Collaboration will stimulate growth and development across the continent.
• We believe that Entrepreneurship is Fundamental to Growth: i.e. Look beyond existing constraints and pursue opportunities to create value.
• We believe that Transformational Leadership is Vital to National Development: i.e. Transformational leadership is the most influential approach and theory to leadership that exists today. .
It takes two types of leaders at the helm of a 10-250 person entrepreneurial organisation to have the "Rocket Fuel" it needs to hit the next level: the Visionary and the Integrator. The Visionary entrepreneur’s passion, drive and creativity are the key elements that help launch a business and fuel a company’s growth. But when a company is growing, the Visionary entrepreneur starts to feel swamped with the overwhelming workload, and their momentum begins to stall and sputter. Every great Visionary hits this threshold. Enter the Integrator. The Visionary needs someone detail-oriented, who knows how to keep the team harmonious and productive, is great at resolving conflict, and can execute detailed plans for maximum results. .
As a dynamic duo, the Visionary and the Integrator are the key ingredients an entrepreneurial company needs to get to the next level. Companies like Disney, Ford, McDonalds, and many other large companies had this same formula back when they were small. Walt Disney could not have done it without his brother Roy, Henry Ford needed James Couzens, and Ray Kroc would not have built the largest franchise organisation in the world without Fred Turner. Despite their innovative and life-changing ideas, these businesses would not be what they are today without an Integrator who complemented their creative genius founders. The Visionary/Integrator relationship is a two-piece puzzle. Even the most inspiring Visionaries cannot do it all, and the ideal Integrator will fill the void, seal the gap and complete the winning formula. .