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Quiet Charisma: Fatima Akilu at the Neem Foundation

By Randall Peterson


When Fati Ibrahim lost her husband and eldest son after Boko Haram insurgents attacked their town of Gwoza in north-eastern Nigeria, she wasn’t alone. She was one of dozens of women who lost family members, homes and livelihoods. Three years later, she found herself queueing outside a tent near Maiduguri, the city at the epicentre of the uprising, waiting to go inside and get the help she still desperately needed.

But instead of the food, shelter or medicine that many relief efforts focus on, she – and the many women like her – were waiting for something less tangible: someone to help them process their trauma.

Learning objectives

  1. Be an authentic leader by leveraging your personality and being creative in finding ways to become a leader based on your individual strengths, rather than trying to become what others think leaders should be (i.e., best-self, positive psychology)
  2. Use the power of listening and observing (i.e., being introverted) to become an effective and charismatic leader.
  3. Live your values in becoming a leader (i.e., doing what you believe in).
  4. Harness the power of using failure as a springboard to success.


Publication Date: August 2021
LBS Case Code: CS-21-008
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Pages: 16
Format: pdf