Introduction to LEAD China
Environment and Development (LEAD) was established in 1991
by The Rockefeller Foundation. LEAD is an independent, non-governmental
and non-profit international organization with the basic mission
of capacity building for selected future leaders.
are generally drawn from five sectors of society: academia,
business, government, media, and NGOs. They are normally between
the ages of 28 and 40 and are fully employed in their organizations
and are expected to play key roles in their countries. Their
employers contribute to the LEAD program by allowing the Associates
to be absent from their jobs to participate in the LEAD training.
This takes normally 80 days (including week-ends) during the
two-year training program.
Once they complete
their training, the Associates become LEAD Fellows for whom
there exists a special program designed to nurture this growing
global network of leaders. LEAD ensures that all of the members
of the LEAD family (Associates and Fellows) are kept in close
touch with each other and with other relevant organizations,
through LEAD's own electronic network, LEADnet.
has more than 1,000 Fellows and Associates from over 50 countries
through its 13 national and regional Member Programs in Brazil,
Canada, China, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe,
Francophone Africa, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria,
Pakistan and six countries of Southern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique,
South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
about LEAD may be obtained from its web site: http://www.lead.org
Selection and Recruitment
of Lead Associates
(Adopted by Board of Directors in October 1998, and revised
by the Board of Directors in April 1999 to be put into effect
as of Cohort 8.)
1. Criteria for
* The recommended
age of Associates, at their entry into LEAD, shall be between
28 and 40;
* The education level shall be appropriate to the national
and regional circumstances;
* A minimum of five years of relevant work experience shall
* Residence in the Member Program's country or region is mandatory;
* Selected Associates shall demonstrate:
* a personal commitment to environment and development issues,
* potential to become agents of change, and
* ability to work as members of a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural
* Associates in
each Cohort shall be drawn from a wide variety of professional
and disciplinary backgrounds;
* Each Member Program's selection process shall strive to
achieve a balance between genders and between different geographic
areas of the nation or region from which the Associates are
* There shall be a demonstrated proficiency in the use of
English as a tool of communication, so that Associates can
take full advantage of international training sessions and
their experience as LEAD Fellows after they graduate. (In
the case of excellent candidates lacking in English communication
skills, the time before the first LEAD International Session
should be used to help overcome this obstacle).
2. Numbers of Associates
per Member Program
Each Member Program
may select up to 15 Associates per Cohort.
This number may
be revised by the Board of Directors of LEAD International
at a later date.
As of 1999 (Cohort
8) recruitment shall begin by May at the latest and be completed
All Member Programs
shall advertise the opportunity to apply to the LEAD program
as widely as possible, in order to ensure an open process
and the possibility of attracting people from a variety of
shall submit "calls for applications" or "announcements"
to appropriate journals or papers (hard copy or electronic)
which would add to the general applicant pool while increasing
visibility at a low cost.
will place one advertisement for all the Member Programs in
The Economist at an appropriate time, each year.
are encouraged to increase the dissemination of information
about LEAD through a variety of channels.
Forms and attachments
A uniform Application
Form shall be created, in English, with attachments describing
LEAD International and the appropriate LEAD Member Program.
The Statement of LEAD's Vision, Mission, Objectives, Principles
and Code of Conduct, shall be attached to the Application
6. Commitment and
form shall clearly spell out the time commitment involved,
if an applicant is accepted as a LEAD Associate, and shall
have a signed pre-approval from the applicant's employer.
of a short list
Each Member Program
shall set up a mechanism to establish a short list of candidates
who shall be retained for an interview. References shall be
checked for these persons. The short listed candidates shall
have been selected based on excellence and on sectoral, disciplinary,
gender and geographic balance.
8. Selection procedure
Each Member Program
shall establish a selection committee to consist of selected
members of the national or regional LEAD governing body (including
the Chair) selected members of faculty, and at least one Fellow.
The N/RPD should be an ex officio member of this group. The
procedure for screening the short-listed candidates should
ensure that these are given enough time to allow the selection
committee to make the right decisions. All interviews are
to be conducted in person although not necessarily by a single,
central recruitment committee. Taking into consideration particular
financial constraints, interviews may be delegated to a selection
committee member or to a LEAD Associate or Fellow. A representative
of LEAD International may join the selection process.
9. Sector, disciplinary,
gender and geographic balance
Excellence is the
first criteria, but the Member Programs shall make a special
effort to recruit a Cohort of Associates drawn from a wide
set of professional sectors, gender balanced, and from a wide
range of geographic locations from the Member Program's country
or region. In order to ensure the balance within a Cohort,
excellent candidates may be selected to participate in a later
10. Final acceptance
Such a form shall
be on file for each new Associate, containing the following:
* Final agreement
and signed written agreement of employer;
* Signed agreement by Associate to Statement of LEAD's Vision,
Mission, Objectives, Principles and Code of Conduct;
* Signed agreement of Associate that he/she will attend all
LEAD sessions for the Cohort;
* General waiver and release form.
* Sign an agreement
to the Statement of LEAD's Vision, Mission, Objectives, Principles
and Code of Conduct;
* Obtain the signed written agreement of their employers,
both at the application stage and at the final acceptance
* Participate in a personal capacity, and unaccompanied by
any other person, in all of the training sessions offered
for the Cohort for which they have been selected.
If Associates are
not able to fulfill their obligations, as described above,
they are normally removed from the program.
Exceptions to this
can only be accepted in cases of "force majeur"
involving serious illness, the birth of a child, or death
of an immediate family member. In such a case, an Associate
may be allowed to graduate with a subsequent Cohort.
The decision to
disqualify and remove an Associate shall be taken by the appropriate
governing body of each Member Program in consultation with
the Executive Director of LEAD International.
April 1999 Revised